Be it from forgetting to trim Fido’s nails or moving furniture without padding underneath, your hardwood flooring has sustained a nasty scratch. Ack! Certainly, with the toughness of solid hardwood flooring, this doesn’t happen often or easily, so it sticks out like a sore thumb and you feel absolutely horrible. Time to break out the runner rugs!
But do you really need to fret? You may recall from many of our previous blogs on prefinished hardwood flooring that the flooring type is unique in that it can be sanded and refinished, a process which leaves it practically looking like new. Can’t refinishing your hardwood flooring take the wind right out of that nasty gouge’s sails?
The short answer: Usually! The long answer is, as always, a little more complicated. E Hardwoods & Flooring, where you can buy hardwood flooring online, has more below.
As we’ve said before on our blog, refinishing your hardwood flooring is an integral part of your floor’s maintenance routine, and not just because it leaves it looking great! It removes those pesky gouges and allows you to apply a fresh layer of finishing product, which shores up your floor’s defenses for the future.
While refinishing your hardwood flooring can’t fx deeply buckled or snapped-through boards, it can indeed fix:
Refinishing can make your hardwood floor look like new again, so long as the gouge isn’t incredibly deep. Of course, “incredibly deep” is relative to how thick of a hardwood flooring you bought in the first place. The thicker and more high-quality the hardwood flooring, the more likely it can be saved.
Furniture, when left for an excessive length of time on hardwood, can leave shallow impressions in it. The good news is that this tends to be easily fixable via refinishing.
If your scrape only affects the top coat of your hardwood flooring (your finishing product), you might be able to skip the sanding part of the refinishing process altogether and simply apply a maintenance layer of finishing product. However, this is not something to take lightly, as it can lead to an uneven coating if your floor is unsuitable for it.