Fonville Morisey Realty/Chapel Hill Sales Office

How to Bring Your Old Wooden Floors Back to Life

by Mitzi Powell 11/27/2019

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Starting an extensive renovation or replacement of hardwood flooring can be costly. Thankfully, there are other ways to bring your floors back to life if they are not deeply damaged. If you want to give your floors a facelift, try out these tips. 

Give It A Good Clean

Sometimes, all a dull hardwood floor needs to help it sparkle again is a thorough cleaning. To begin, remove furniture and rugs from the space. Lift your furniture to avoid additional scratches or damage. Once the room is empty, vacuum and wipe down the floor with a damp cloth. If your wooden floor is very dirty, use a gentle cleaning product, but in most cases, warm water alone works well. Take care to use cleaning products formulated specifically for wood surfaces. Consider steam cleaning but only if the seal on the floor is in good shape before you begin. Otherwise, the added moisture may worsen the condition of the floor.

Screening and Recoating

Screening and recoating your floor is an effective way to bring the sparkle to your old wooden floor without completely refinishing it. This process works well on floors that are not deeply damaged. The first step is to lightly sand the surface with a buffing machine to prepare the floor for a sealant like polyurethane. Hiring a buffer from a hardware store is reasonable if you have a large area of wood flooring in your home. Once the floor has been buffed, apply a new coat of finish. Be sure to allow for plenty of drying time before bringing your furniture back in. If you have a few smaller areas that are dull or distressed, you may be able to sand by hand then apply a sealant product with a rag.

Consider A Full Sanding and Refinish 

If there are deep scratches or other similar damage on your floor, you may consider working with a flooring contractor for full sanding and refinishing. This project can be daunting, but the result is a consistent finish and color. For those that have engineered wood flooring, ensure the veneer or solid wood top layer of your flooring is thick enough to withstand a sanding.

Visit your local hardware store for supplies and advice if you choose to DIY. Otherwise, ask your real estate agent for recommended contractors in your area.

About the Author
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Mitzi Powell

TRUSTED REAL ESTATE SPECIALIST
Mitzi Powell is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Her ties to the University are still strong, and she is an avid Tar Heel fan. Mitzi grew up in the Goldsboro area and currently resides in Chapel Hill. A Triangle resident for most of her life, she knows the area thoroughly. Before obtaining her real estate license, Mitzi was a Public Information Officer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The skills she developed in this position forming and maintaining associations has enabled her to create lasting relationships with clients and customers in the real estate industry. Clients always have confidence in Mitzi and know that she will go above and beyond for them.

In her time as a broker, Mitzi has earned a reputation for being committed to the best interests of her clients. As part of the Fonville Morisey team, Mitzi has enormous resources at her disposal. Fonville Morisey provides all of the services a home buyer or seller requires. FM Lending, Fonville Morisey’s in-house mortgage company, makes financing your home readily available. FM also has an in-house title company, Guaranty Title, which backs FM listings through an exclusive in-house warranty program that covers sellers from the date of listing at no cost. Trust Mitzi and Fonville Morisey with your real estate needs and see why so many others have counted on them.