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Hardwood Floors: How much can they take?

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

Surprisingly, hardwood floors can take a lot of abuse over the years—as you can see in the picture below.

Before sanding


Old, worn hardwood floor

This floor has been used. It has been used a lot. You can see that the floor finish which protects the floor has worn off causing it to turn gray. Many people think when this happens that the floor is ruined and needs to be ripped out. Absolutely not! That is the beauty of solid hardwood flooring. Don’t get me wrong, wood floors are not indestructible. But they are highly durable and very resilient.

In the next photo, you can see this floor cleaned up quite well. This floor was sanded and finished with three coats of Glitsa® Swedish finish, natural.

Same hardwood floor after sanding



As I said, wood floors are not indestructible and I do not recommend letting a floor go this long. When the floor finish wears off the floor it is vulnerable to water damage. But once you get your floors re-sanded you should not have to re-sand them for a long, long time. But you will need to do periodic re-coats of finish to keep floors protected and looking beautiful. How do you know when to re-coat? One of the first indicators is if your floor is getting hard to clean. If you’re not sure, give us a call. We’re happy to help.


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