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New Home? What You Can Do About Unfinished Hardwood Flooring

Brush after refinishing a hardwood floor.

When buying a new home, especially one that isn’t exactly new, you’ll come across some needed repairs and a few projects that may be incomplete when purchasing the home.

Hopefully, these repairs are interior based and not too large to easily overcome. If you realize that your hardwood flooring needs to be refinished, or treated, to begin with, there are several steps you can take to protect the integrity of your floors.

Why Hardwood Floor Refinishing Is Essential

Unfinished hardwood flooring is susceptible to a lot of issues, including mold and mildew issues, dirt and dust buildup, and is overall more susceptible to scratches and divots, making your floors weaker against pressure from furniture and foot traffic.

Luckily, hardwood floor refinishing will protect against moisture issues, keep hazards out of the wood’s pores, and give it a strong layer of protection against daily wear and tear.

Hardwood Floor Repair

Here are some ways you can implement refinishing and protect your hardwood floors.

How to Repair Your New Hardwood Flooring

  1. Sweep: Even if floors aren’t finished, are in disarray, or you may need to replace parts of them, it’s still beneficial to sweep the floors. By doing so, you remove hazards from the surface and can get a better idea of what you’re up against in terms of needed repairs.
  2. Mop: Just like with sweeping, you can get a better idea of what the floors look like. You will also remove debris and pick up set in dirt and other hazards. Make sure you only use lukewarm water to mop your hardwood floors.
  3. Sand: When you’re going to refinish your floors, you must sand them to remove uneven tones, nicks, and scratches. You’re basically starting over when you sand floors. This gives you an idea of the state of your flooring and what hardwood floor repairs are necessary before you can stain and finish. After this step, you’ll sweep all of the sanded particles up. It’s also recommended to use a shop vac or regular vacuum if it can handle this kind of material.
  4. Refinish: If major repairs aren’t needed, you can stain your hardwood floors in whatever color you desire. This adds the perfect aesthetic to your new home, so you have the exact interior space you envision.

Contact a Professional Flooring Contractor!

If you need new hardwood floors and live in the Nashville, TN, area, we can help! Whether you want to repair your existing floors in your new fixer-upper or want some insight on what type of hardwood flooring to buy for your new home, contact us today to get started!

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