How to Tell If Your Hardwood Floors Need Refinishing

November 12, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Columns,Home & Garden

If you purchased an older home in Hawaii there is a good chance it has hardwood floors. Over the years those floors were most likely covered with other flooring materials, but with a little research you will be surprised what you might find in your home.

A refinished hardwood floor is a timeless mix of beauty and durability. It can also increase the value of your home and it compliments any island style living.

If your hardwood floors are worn and scuffed, chances are you won’t have to replace them; you can simply refinish them. Sanding and refinishing will take care of scratches, discolorations and other imperfections in your old floor.

Here’s how to tell if your hardwood floors need to be refinished.


Trace the place of your floor that receives the most daily traffic. In other words, this is the place where you and most members of your house walk into.

After you already locate those portions, pour water (a table spoon) onto that particular part and observe the reaction. If the water appears as a droplet and doesn’t submerge, this is an indication that the woods finish is still in good condition. On the other hand, if you notice that the water have slowly soaked in the wood, this means that the finish is already thin. And if the water swiftly penetrates to it, you will need to refinish it immediately.

Wipe the poured water and do the same in other small areas of the floor.

Search for the two imperfectly met floorboards having deep grove in between. Then get a business card and insert it in there. Insert it as far as you can. Next, mark the area where floor’s top hits using pencil.

After that, carefully remove the business card you have inserted in a groove. Measure the deepness of the particular crack through measuring from your business card’s ends with the pencil mark you have created a while ago. Use a ruler in this one. If you measures ¾ inch less from the end of the card, you should hire a professional persons to refinish your floor. Before that you must first sand of your old floor’s finish.


Before you decide to do this yourself remember that experience definitely counts when it comes to a good floor refinishing job. Mistakes show up big time on wood flooring, and you may end up devaluing your home’s appearance rather than improving it.

For a pro, the process is straightforward, although there are a lot of steps that must be completed carefully.

Having your floors refinished will not only look amazing, it will also be something you and your family can enjoy for generations. To find out more contact a local hardwood flooring company for an estimate.

Thom Rilliet of Renaissance Wood Flooring – (808) 235-2281 is an expert in this field. Thom has made it his personal mission to make wood floors into amazing works of art and strength. He refinished his first floor as a teenager and he’s been in business ever since.

Your contractor will sand your floors down to bare wood, then apply a stain and two to three coats of finish. The cost will depend on the repairs necessary and if staining is required.