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Posted on June 18, 2023


Complete Guide to Restoring Your Wood Flooring to Its Former Glory

Nothing screams elegance and sophistication like stunning wood flooring in your home. Over time, however, even the finest floors can start to show signs of wear and tear, losing their initial glow. This blog post provides a comprehensive guide on how to restore your wood flooring to look like new, bringing back its charm and enhancing your home’s overall appeal.  

The Importance of Wood Floor Restoration

Wood flooring, while beautiful, does need regular maintenance to keep it looking its best. Neglecting your wood flooring can result in visible damage, reduced property value, and even potential hazards like tripping.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Wood flooring can be a major selling point for homes due to its timeless appeal. A well-maintained floor can significantly increase the beauty of your home.
  • Durability: Proper care extends the longevity of your wood flooring, saving you the cost of replacement in the long run.
  • Increased Home Value: Restored wood floors can increase your property’s value, making them a worthwhile investment.

Preparation: Assess the Condition of Your Wood Flooring

Before you embark on the restoration journey, it’s important to assess the condition of your wood flooring. This will guide the extent and nature of the restoration required.
  • Slight surface scratches: These are typically caused by moving furniture or high foot traffic.
  • Deep Scratches and Dents: More severe damage might require comprehensive restoration processes.
  • Discoloration or stains: These could be due to water damage, pet accidents, or spillage.

Materials you’ll need

To restore your wood flooring, you will need the following tools:
  1. Vacuum cleaner or broom
  2. Wood Cleaner
  3. Microfiber Mop
  4. Sandpaper (various grits)
  5. Wood Filler
  6. Polyurethane Finish
  7. Paintbrushes

Steps to Restore Your Wood Flooring

Step 1: Cleaning the Wood Floor

Start with a thorough cleaning. Use a vacuum cleaner or a broom to remove any dust or debris. Then, use a microfiber mop and a dedicated wood cleaner to deep clean the floor.

Step 2: Sanding the Surface

Once the floor is clean and dry, begin sanding. Start with coarse-grit sandpaper to remove the old finish and surface-level imperfections. Then, gradually move to finer grits to smooth the wood. Always sand along the grain of the wood, not against it. Remember to wear protective gear, as sanding can produce a lot of dust. Wood Floor Sanding Basics

Step 3: Filling in Gaps and Cracks

After sanding, you may notice small cracks or gaps. Use a wood filler that matches your floor to fill these in. Allow the filler to dry as per the manufacturer’s instructions before moving on.

Step 4: Applying the Finish

Once the filler is dry, lightly sand the area to smooth out any rough spots. Then, wipe away any dust before applying a new finish. Use a high-quality polyurethane finish to protect your floor and give it a fresh look. Apply the finish with a paintbrush, moving with the grain of the wood. Let the finish dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 5: Buffing and Final Touches

After the finish has dried, buff the floor to make it shine. Use a buffer machine or rent one from your local home improvement store. Finally, clean up any dust or debris. Your wood floor should now look as good as new!

Long-Term Care and Maintenance

Restoring your wood floor is not a one-time task. To keep it looking fresh and new, follow these long-term care tips:
  • Regular Cleaning: Regular sweeping and mopping with a wood cleaner will prevent the buildup of dirt and grime.
  • Protect from scratches: Use protective pads under furniture legs and avoid wearing high-heeled shoes on the floor.
  • Prevent Water Damage: Wipe up any spills immediately and avoid using excessive water when cleaning.


Restoring your wood flooring may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and process, it’s more than manageable. By giving your old wood floors a little TLC, you can bring back their original charm and beauty. Not only does this enhance your home’s aesthetic, but it also increases its value. Happy restoring! Remember, each wood floor is unique and may require different care, so always do a small test before committing to a full-scale restoration. If the job seems too large or complex, don’t hesitate to call in a professional to ensure your floor gets the care it deserves.

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