Refinishing or Buffing?

While hardwood floors are relatively low maintenance, they still require some upkeep once every 3-5 years. 

Our clients main question is if refinishing or buffing is a better option for them. The first thing you must do is to test your wood to see what service is right for you. We can come out to your home and provide a free consultation or you can check this out yourself as well. A simple test is to take a little bit of water and drip it onto an area that looks more faded than the rest of the floor. If the water beads and doesn't penetrate the wood then there is sufficient finish and a buffcoat is usually sufficient enough. However, if It soaks into the wood then refinishing would be a much better option.


If there is sufficient finish, then you can just recoat the floor and not only will it look good again, but it will extend the longevity of your floor as well. However, if there are very deep scratches in the floor, a simple buffcoat will not work well enough. A buffcoat is when you take a very fine sandpaper and remove the finish from the floor, and then recoat it once you are done. This only removes minor blemishes, and not deep scratches or stains. 


If your floor has much deeper wear and tear then you would need to refinish it. Refinishing is the act of sanding the floor down by both removing the finish and a small thin layer of the floor as well, which exposes the fresh bare wood- providing a new clean slate. This will smooth the floor out once more, and will look new once again. Refinishing will not remove stains caused by pet urine and if there are different colored planks that are stained as a result of this, then we will need to repair the area. Once the floor is to standard again, it is then sealed once again with a finish of your choosing. 

Be sure that you remodel and maintain your home with the right flooring company! Contact the professionals at Z Best Hardwood for a free estimate and receive the best customer service and hardwood flooring quality. Z Best Hardwood will help you with all of your hardwood flooring needs including installation, refinishing and repairs!


Before and After  Red Oak and White Oak mixed with a Natural Oil Based Finish

Before and After

Red Oak and White Oak mixed with a Natural Oil Based Finish