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When should you restore your wooden floor?

A wooden floor should always be kept in good shape if they’re to serve their purposes, especially the aesthetics of the house. Over time, the wood from which the floors are made may get worn out or damaged after prolonged use. However, knowing the right time to restore the wooden floor is basically relative. Each homeowner has their own time when they think their wooden floor should be restored. But then the right question that anyone should ask himself/ herself the question of whether it’s the right time to carry out the restoration of the floor. Here are the typical signs that would indicate that your wooden floor needs to be restored:
1. When it has a lot of Scratches
If you notice that your wooden floor has lots of scratches on it, it may be an indication that you need to do a restoration. This is especially necessary when the scratches have begun to wear out through the stains of the floor. If the stain of your floor is the darker one, these scratches will tend to be more obvious. However, if there are only a few minor scratches, it’s normal and doesn’t require any restoration to be done. Your concern should be when you notice unsightly scratches that are located areas that aren’t covered.
2. When you Notice some Boards Turning Grey
When you realise that your wooden floors are turning grey, it could be an indication that it needs restoration. This is an indication that there’s an urgent need for refinishing to be carried out. The turning grey of the boards is a sign that any further delay in refinishing the floor could lead to permanent damage. Therefore, if you wait longer, the chances that you’ll need complete replacement of the floor are very high. The wood of the floor often begins to absorb water once the polyurethane is worn off. The source of this water may be pet’s paws, rain, cleaning product or spilt drinks.
3. When Boards Begin to Turn Black
The moment some floorboards begin to turn black, it may be already too late to restore the boards affected. Therefore, once you notice any boards turning black in some areas, you need to respond quickly by refinishing the floor of your house. These black stains may be as a result of water damage or pet stains. Once this point is reached, there are two options to restore the wooden floor. The first option is to stain the floor so dark that the stains are camouflaged. The second one is to replace the boards that are stained with new ones.
4. When there’s Extensive Moisture or Water Damage
When there’s major water or moisture damage on the boards, dark areas will be formed on them as well as cupping and/ or separation of the boards may occur. This could be resulting from a water heater that’s been broken, flood, ice damning and many more other sources of moisture or water in the house. When this is observed, there’s a need for urgent restoration and refinishing to be done.
5. Discolouration and/ or Fading due Sunlight
When there’s sun damage as a result of UV rays, refinishing the floors may be necessary. The sunrays cause the wooden floors to have an unhealthy appearance and become discoloured. You can refinish or sand the discoloured or faded areas. This is because either of the restoration procedures helps in the removal of the top layer. After this, you can go ahead and apply a new stain.