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How to make your old hardwood floors new again

Mon, Mar 4, 2024 5:00 PM GMT

Hardwood floors can last a long time but keeping them looking fresh and new can be a difficult task. Replacing them is usually the best option, but the choice is up to you. 

Distract from the flaws

Lets face it all floors will age over time. They will collect scuffs, scratches and dents along the way that in some cases add to the character and in others make your floors look old and ragged. To help, try distraction techniques that draw the eyes away from the flaws you don’t want people to see. Clean them up, add a bit of paint or add a conversation piece near the flaw like a accent chair that garners all the attention. 

Adding layers

Bored of yours floors, add a few rugs to soften the room and take away a bit of the limelight from your older floors. 

Keep away the light

Sunlight streaming into a room on a beautiful might look great but it will bleach your floors and turn them a beautiful shade of orange. 

Open it up

If you want to bring attention to your floors and your room try knocking down a wall or two. Sure it sounds excessive but it really isn’t that hard to accomplish and the difference it will make to your home is remarkable and the floors will shine again.

Whether sprucing up your old hardwood floors or looking for something new, our associates at The Hardwood Flooring Store will guide you into making the right choice for your home project. Visit our store and see what difference the Hardwood Flooring Store can do for you home. 

If you’re pondering whether to sandalize your existing hardwood floor or invest in a brand-new one, let’s weigh the pros and cons of each option:

Sanding Your Existing Floor:


Cost-Effective: Sanding is generally more budget-friendly than purchasing new flooring.

Restores Appearance: Sanding removes the top layer of your floor, revealing fresh wood underneath. It’s a great way to breathe new life into tired-looking floors.

Low Maintenance: Once sanded, your floor can look great for years with proper care.


Disruption: Sanding is a messy process that requires clearing the room of furnishings and organizing sanding equipment.

Skill Required: DIY sanding can be tricky; removing too much of the top layer can damage the floor.

Engineered Wood Consideration: Be cautious when sanding engineered wood floors, as the top layer has limits on the number of sandings it can withstand.

Costs: Consider the cost of hiring professionals or renting sanding equipment and sandpaper.

Investing in a New Floor:


Aesthetic Transformation: New floors allow you to completely change the room’s look.

Warranty: New flooring often comes with a warranty.

Opportunity for Change: Explore different wood species, colors, and styles.


Higher Initial Cost: Purchasing new flooring can be more expensive upfront but well worth the investment.

Installation Time: Installing new floors takes a little time that you have to plan for.


Ultimately, the decision depends on your priorities, budget, and desired outcome. Whether you choose to sand or invest in new flooring, may your floors bring joy for years to come!

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