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Essential Guide to Hardwood Floors Refinishing | Top FAQs Answered

Posted on June 16, 2023

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Hardwood Floors Refinishing FAQs: Your Top Questions Answered

Refinishing hardwood floors is a vital aspect of home improvement. It helps to maintain the aesthetic appeal and durability of your floors. However, it’s not uncommon to have numerous questions surrounding this process. This comprehensive guide address some of the most frequently asked questions about hardwood floor refinishing.

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1. Why Refinish Your Hardwood Floors?

Hardwood floors add an element of natural beauty and sophistication to any home. Over time, though, they may show signs of wear and tear such as scratches, dents, discoloration, or dullness. Refinishing rejuvenates your floor, bringing back its original charm and enhancing its durability. Furthermore, a refinished hardwood floor can significantly increase your home’s value, making it a worthwhile investment.

2. When Should You Refinish Your Hardwood Floors?

Knowing when to refinish your hardwood floors depends on their condition and usage. If your hardwood floors are heavily trafficked and show signs of wear, such as deep scratches, gouges, or discoloration, it’s time to consider refinishing. Also, the floors need refinishing if the protective finish has worn away and water drops soak in instead of beading up.

3. How Often Should Hardwood Floors Be Refinished?

The frequency of refinishing depends on the traffic and wear your floors receive. On average, hardwood floors should be refinished every 7 to 10 years. However, you might need to refinish more frequently in high-traffic areas or homes with large pets.

4. What is the process of refinishing hardwood floors?

Refinishing hardwood floors involves several steps. It starts with preparing the room by removing all furniture and covering anything you don’t want to be covered in dust. Then, the old finish is sanded off using heavy-duty sanding machines. After sanding, the floor is thoroughly vacuumed to remove dust and debris. The next step involves staining the floor if desired. Finally, a new finish is applied to protect the wood and enhance its appearance. This process can vary slightly depending on the type of wood and the specific condition of your floors.

5. How Long Does It Take to Refinish Hardwood Floors?

The duration depends on the area’s size and the floor’s condition. On average, it takes 2–5 days to refinish hardwood floors. The process involves sanding, staining, and finishing, with drying time between each step.

6. What is the cost of refinishing hardwood floors?

The cost of refinishing hardwood floors depends on several factors, including the square footage, the condition of the floor, the type of finish used, and regional labor costs. As of my knowledge, as of September 2021, the national average was between $1.50 and $4 per square foot. Prices may have changed since then, so always request quotes from multiple contractors.

7. What Are the Potential Problems With Refinishing Hardwood Floors?

The most common issues during refinishing include dust, odor, and the potential for uneven finishes or blotchy spots. Hiring a professional can minimize these issues. They have experience managing the dust, applying the finish evenly, and choosing the right products for your floors. It’s also important to note that some older floors might not be suitable for refinishing due to significant wear or structural issues.

8. How to Maintain Refinished Hardwood Floors

Proper maintenance will extend the life of your refinished floors. Here are some tips:

  • Clean your floors regularly using products safe for hardwood. Avoid using water or steam mops, which can damage the finish and the wood over time.
  • Use furniture pads to prevent scratches on furniture.
  • Place rugs in high-traffic areas to reduce wear.
  • Avoid walking on your floors with high heels or sports cleats.
  • Keep pets’ nails trimmed to minimize scratches.
  • Wipe up spills immediately to prevent water damage.


Refinishing your hardwood floors can breathe new life into your home, making your floors look as good as new. The process can be lengthy and potentially messy, but the results are worth it. If you’re considering a hardwood floor refinishing project, this FAQ guide should provide insight into what you can expect. Always consult with professionals for accurate pricing and to ensure a high-quality result. Happy refinishing!

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