If you have a wood floor in your home that has seen its better days, there are things you can do to get it looking new again. What you do depends on what kind of shape the floor is in. Here are two different options you have so you can determine what will work best for you.
Clean and Seal
If your wood floors are not in bad shape, such as no deep scratches or black stains from pet urine, you can first try to clean the floor and seal it to make it look new again.
First, vacuum the floor to remove all dust and debris. If you have an upright vacuum, turn off the bristles so they do not roll while vacuuming. This will prevent the bristles from scratching your wood floor. You could also use a long floor brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner. If you do not want to vacuum, you can sweep the floor with a microfiber broom.
To clean the wood floors, you can use a spray to make it easier. You can find sprays that are specifically made for wood floors at home improvement stores. Work your way around the floor while spraying the product. Once the product is applied, use a mop with a cleaning pad to mop the floor until it is completely clean.
When the floor is clean and completely dry, you can seal the flooring. Purchase a seal that is high gloss if you like your wood floor to look shiny. You can purchase wood flooring seal at a home improvement store. Follow the instructions on the product on how to seal your floor.
Refinish Wood Floor
If your wood floor is in bad shape you can refinish it to make it look brand new. If you have never done this before, you may want to consider hiring a company like Painting By Jerry Wind to do this for you. This will ensure it is done correctly.
The process of refinishing a wood floor involves sanding the floor with a floor sander. If you do not do this correctly, you will end up with a floor that has a lot of dips and grooves instead of being completely flat. The floor sander itself weights approximately 100 pounds, which makes it very difficult to control.
If you want to put a finish or an oil-based stain on the floor, this takes a lot of time and if not done correctly can ruin the look of the floor. You have to use very careful brushstrokes when applying the finish or stain. If not done correctly, you will see different shades all over your floor. If you are the DIY type, you can attempt to do this on your own.
Now that your wood floor looks new again, make sure you keep it in good shape. To do this, use mats and rugs, trim your pet's nails, do not walk on the floor with shoes, and keep dust and debris off of it.