Did you know that in New South Wales over 5.6 million cubic meters of timber are used for hardwood floors every year?
This may sound like a lot, but the reality is that Australia’s recent housing boom has made the demand for timber floors shoot through the roof!
In this post, we’re telling you everything you need to know about when you can tell that it’s time to get your timber floor resanded and refinished. Don’t wait until it’s too late, causing costly total re-installation or requiring expensive carpeting to hide scuffed floors.
We’ve got the top 5 signs your hardwood floors need a little love. We’re also filling you in on where to find the best restoration, polishing, and sanding services in Brisbane.
1. You’re Noticing Some Serious Dirt Between Floorboards
Seeing dirt trapped between your timber floor boards isn’t a reflection on how clean you’re keeping the house.
Over time, even the most immaculate floors will start to trap debris and dirt! This dirt is trapped between the boards and “locked in” when the temperature changes in your home, causing your floorboards to shift slightly.
Sometimes, that “dust” isn’t dust at all, but termites and other harmful pests.
That’s an issue you’ll want to address as soon as possible, these bugs can cause serious – and expensive – damage to your overall home.
Tips to prevent needing to constantly resand and refinish your timber floors:
- Ask guests to remove their shoes
- Air out your home
- Sweep/vacuum often
- Move rugs to different parts of the floor
- Beat your rugs (or having them professionally cleaned) to remove dirt trapped in them
2. If Your Floors Have Sun Damage
It’s not just people that get sunburned…your timber floors can, too!
If your floors get a lot of direct sunlight, or if you have thin curtains, this can harm them. It’s the same thing that burns human skin – UV rays – that’s causing the damage.
You’ll notice sun damage by seeing discoloration. We suggest placing a rug or heavier curtains on areas near windows.
Without rugs, you’ll need to resand your floors more frequently to stop damage from compounding. You’ll probably also need to re-stain your floors at least once every few years.
3. If Your Floors Start To Separate
If you notice the spaces between your timber floor boards getting wider and turning darker in color, this is a sign your floors are in trouble already.
These signs often indicate water damage. If you’ve had minor flooding, have had issues with your appliances, or simply don’t tend to clean up spills fast enough, the consequences will show in your flooring.
This will cause the floors to stretch and swell, which can lead to breaks and cracks.
Refinish your floors quickly after any water damage or flooding, to prevent the problem from getting worse.
4. If You Notice Discoloration In Your Floors
This is a sign that the polyurethane in your timber floor is seriously faded.
Usually, the floors will turn a grayish color. This happens because your floor has become less resistant to water, and gets damaged by any spills, leaks, or wet feet and paws that move through your house!
Floor cleaning products can also contribute to discoloration over time, no matter the type of product you use. If you ignore the problem for too long, your floors will only get darker.
Don’t let the problem go on for too long, or your floors will turn black! If this happens, you’ll need to do more than just get your floors polished. You’ll have to replace them altogether.
If left untreated, black floors can become a haven for termites and other bacteria.
Resand so you don’t have to replace your hardwood entirely and keep pests out of your home.
5. Your Timber Floor Is Seriously Scratched
Do you notice several small scratches and dents in your hardwood floors?
Have these scratches gone past just the “surface level” and actually destroyed the stain of your flooring? (FYI, the darker the stain of your floor, the more noticeable the scratches will be.)
Did you accidentally get a few drops (or, OK, a little more) on the floors while you were repainting your walls?
While of course, a few scratches are totally normal (especially if you have pets or children in your home!). If they keep piling up and getting worse, it’s time for a sanding.
The good news? If you just get a quick repolish and resand, these scratches will disappear!
To prevent scratches from building up on your floor, examine your shoes. Those stilettos you love may look amazing, but often, nails come through the heel and wreck havoc on your flooring.
Also, if you have pets, try to make sure they stick to areas in your home that are carpeted and tiled. Our four-legged friends may be cute, but they’re a hardwood floor’s worst nightmare!
Is Your Timber Floor In Need Of A Little TLC?
Have you noticed one or more of these five signs on your hardwood floors? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!
If you’re in or near to the Brisbane area, we’ve got all your sanding and polishing needs covered.
Instead of putting off resanding and guaranteeing that your timber floor is only going to look worse and worse every day, get in touch with us for a professional, polished, and affordable solution.
After all, you can only move that rug around so many times before you run out of ideas how to hide damaged hardwood floors.
To learn more about the variety of services we offer, and how we can make your floor sparkle like new again no matter what timber it’s made of, contact us.