Step 1 Decide If Your Floor Needs to Be Finished
Not sure if your hardwood floors need to be refinished? First, evaluate the appearance of your floors. Visible damage like nicks, gouges and stains in prominent areas indicate that it’s time to refinish your floors.
Areas with heavy layers of wax may also require you to sand your floors down to the bare wood and refinish for a uniform look.
Test your floors with water. Drip a few drops of water on your floors and see if the water soaks in immediately. Floors that absorb water in seconds need to be refinished.
Think about your décor. Time for a new look? Refinishing and staining hardwood floors is also a relatively easy, cost-effective way to dramatically change the appearance of your room.