When is it Time to Refinish a Hardwood Floor?

When is it Time to Refinish a Hardwood Floor?

The recoat process often provides opportunity to bring back the shine and luster of a hardwood floor. However, there may come a time when the floor needs the next level of care or it’s simply time for a new look. Know when to consider a full hardwood floor refinish.

  • Is there lots of damage? A full hardwood floor refinish is ideal if the floor has high/low spots, deep grooves or gouges, or if the finish has worn down to the bare wood. Refinishing can also help repair some water damage like cupping or warped wood. Note that significant water damage may require the installation of new floor boards. Additionally, a floor refinish will erase stains that have penetrated the finish.
  • Is it time for a change? A hardwood floor refinish is also an ideal time to change the color of a floor. A wide variety of stain and paint colors are available today as well as the ability to custom mix colors for the perfect floor.

Remember: Sometimes refinishing is not possible. Know the type of wood floor you have as well as how many times it has been refinished. Many of the newer products have such a thin layer of hardwood that refinishing may not be possible. Additionally, knowing the type of wood will help to inform how you might refinish the floor.

Posted On May 31, 2017

Dave Posey

National Sales & Market Manager, Bona

Dave Posey is national sales and market manager for Bona’s Athletic Floor Care division. Bona offers a full system of hardwood floor finishing, maintenance, and care products specifically formulated for athletic sport floors, such as gymnasiums and basketball courts. For more information visit


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