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Simple Tips to Maintain the Beauty and Longevity of Your Sanded Floor

Posted on April 23, 2023


Keep Your Sanded Floor Beautiful For Life: A Comprehensive Guide

Floor sanding is an essential aspect of home improvement that can transform the look of your floors, giving them a fresh, polished appearance. However, maintaining the beauty of your sanded floors can be a challenging task, especially if you don’t know the right steps to take. In this blog post, we’ll explore simple tips to keep your sanded floor beautiful for life. With these easy-to-follow guidelines, you can enjoy the aesthetic and functional benefits of your sanded floors for years to come.

refinished wooden floor

1. Regular Cleaning

One of the simplest and most effective ways to maintain your sanded floors is by cleaning them regularly. Dirt, dust, and other debris can accumulate over time and cause scratches and other damage to your floors. To avoid this, sweep or vacuum your floors daily, making sure to use a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with a hard floor attachment to prevent any scratching.

When mopping your floors, use a slightly damp microfiber mop and a mild cleaning solution specifically designed for wood floors. Avoid using excessive water, as it can seep into the wood and cause warping, swelling, or other damage. By establishing a regular cleaning routine, you’ll be able to maintain the beauty and integrity of your sanded floors for the long term.

2. Protect your floors from furniture.

Furniture can cause significant damage to your sanded floors, especially if it’s heavy or has sharp edges. To protect your floors from dents, scratches, and other types of damage, use furniture pads or protective coasters on the bottom of your furniture legs. This simple solution can help distribute the weight of your furniture evenly, minimising the impact on your floors.

If you need to move furniture, avoid dragging it across the floor, as this can lead to scratches and other damage. Instead, lift and carry the furniture or use furniture sliders, which are designed to help you move heavy objects without causing damage to your floors.

Protect Floor from furneture

3. Maintain the right humidity levels.

Wooden floors are sensitive to changes in humidity, which can cause them to expand or contract. To prevent this, it’s essential to maintain the right humidity levels in your home. The ideal humidity range for wood floors is between 30% and 50%. You can monitor the humidity in your home with a hygrometer and adjust it accordingly with a humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on the season.

Maintaining the right humidity levels will not only protect your sanded floors from warping and other damage, but it will also create a healthier and more comfortable living environment.

room humidity and temperature

4. Use area rugs and runners.

Area rugs and runners are an excellent way to protect your sanded floors from daily wear and tear. By placing rugs in high-traffic areas, such as hallways, living rooms, and entryways, you can minimise the impact of foot traffic on your floors. Additionally, rugs can provide extra cushioning and insulation, making your home more comfortable and energy-efficient.

When selecting rugs, choose ones with a non-slip backing or use a rug pad to prevent them from sliding and causing accidents. Be sure to clean your rugs regularly to prevent the buildup of dirt and dust, which can scratch your floors.

5. Avoid high heels and pet nails.

High heels and pet nails can be particularly damaging to your sanded floors. The concentrated pressure from high heels can cause dents and scratches, while pet nails can create unsightly gouges. To protect your floors, ask family members and guests to remove their shoes before entering your home, and make sure your pets’ nails are regularly trimmed.

Avoid high heels on wood floor

6. Regular Maintenance

Over time, your sanded floors may lose their lustre and begin to show signs of wear. To maintain their beauty and prolong their lifespan, it’s essential to perform regular maintenance tasks. Here are some maintenance tips to keep your floors looking their best:

a. Recoating: Every few years, depending on the level of traffic and wear, consider recoating your sanded floors with a fresh layer of finish. This will help restore their shine and protect them from further damage. Be sure to consult with a professional to determine the appropriate type of finish for your specific flooring.

b. Buffing: If your floors are looking dull but don’t require a full recoat, you can try buffing them. Buffing is a less invasive process that involves lightly sanding the floor’s surface and then applying a new layer of finish. This can help refresh your floors’ appearance without the need for complete sanding and refinishing.

c. Deep Cleaning: Periodically, you may need to give your floors a deep cleaning to remove ingrained dirt and grime that regular cleaning can’t eliminate. For this, use a wood floor cleaner designed for deep cleaning and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive tools that could damage your floors.

7. Addressing scratches and damage

Despite your best efforts, scratches and other damage to your sanded floors may be inevitable. It’s essential to address these issues promptly to prevent them from worsening and affecting the overall appearance of your floors. Here are some tips for dealing with scratches and damage:

a. Minor Scratches: For small, superficial scratches, you can try using a touch-up pen or marker that matches the colour of your floors. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and olive oil, which can help conceal the scratch by darkening the exposed wood.

b. Deeper Scratches: For deeper scratches, you may need to use a wood filler or putty that matches your floor’s colour. Once the filler has dried, gently sand the area with fine-grit sandpaper to blend it in with the surrounding floor. Finish by applying a thin layer of the appropriate finish to seal and protect the repaired area.

c. Damage Repair: If your sanded floors have sustained more severe damage, such as gouges or water damage, it’s best to consult with a professional flooring expert. They can assess the damage and recommend the most effective course of action, which may include replacing damaged boards or refinishing the entire floor.


Keeping your floor sanded beautiful for life is possible with regular cleaning, proper protection, and timely maintenance. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your sanded floors remain an attractive and durable feature in your home for many years to come. A little effort and attention can go a long way in preserving the beauty and integrity of your floors, ultimately enhancing the overall appeal and value of your home.


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