Hardwood floors are generally thought of as the most appealing type of flooring in homes, especially in areas such as main living spaces and kitchens. Of course, if you already have hardwood flooring in any space of your home, you know the appeal, but you also know the hard truth of how difficult it can be to care for.

I can personally attest to spending a small fortune on cleaning products to keep my hardwood floors looking their best. And while hardwood is extremely appealing, the truth is that it can be very hard to care for, but with a little TLC, sensitive wood floors can be revived.

Beyond the daily cleaning that includes sweeping, vacuuming and dusting with a microfiber pad choosing a floor cleaner that is specifically made for hardwood flooring is an important step to keeping your floors safe from expensive damage.  If you use a product that isn’t made for hardwood floors you can do serious damage.

If you find that your daily or weekly cleaning isn’t enough you might want to consider treating your floors to a “screen and recoat” or you may have also heard it referred to as a “buff and recoat.”  This process is basically a light buffing to prepare the floor for a fresh coat of polyurethane — the recoat. Contrasted with sanding, which is more expensive, time-consuming, and intensive, a screening simply removes a top layer of life’s little mishaps — dents, scratches, basic wear and tear.

The rule of thumb is to be alert for noticeable wear and catch the damage before you start to see the bare wood surface.  If you don’t think this light makeover is enough for your floors, of course, you can contact a professional to obtain a quote on having the floors refinished.

It’s always best to catch a problem before it becomes a problem, even minimal hardwood damage left unchecked could create damage that will only require greater and greater repairs over time.