Extending your Hardwood Floor’s Finish
LESLIE: Aaron in New Mexico has a flooring question. What’s going on?
AARON: We refinished some floors, including our dining room floor, a couple of years ago. And we have a big oak table and oak chairs. We’ve put nice little rubber and plastic things on the feet of them but we still end up with a very worn-out looking floor and we’ve been wondering what we can do differently other than put down an area rug.
TOM: Hmm. So you have feet on the chairs so that when they rub across the floors they don’t ostensibly cause damage and it’s still an issue?
AARON: Well, we have feet on the chairs but it still seems to damage it.
LESLIE: The feet only sort of do so much as to, you know, protect from scratches. Eventually, with enough wear and tear and movement along the same line of traffic, you’re going to get not so much scratching but wearing that becomes obvious. And it’s a shame because as soon as you get two years on that beautiful, refinished hardwood floor, all of a sudden all of those things start to just completely appear before your eyes.
AARON: Yeah. And we’re wondering if we should redo that area with a tougher finish or more coats or whether there’s something like that we can do to do better than two years.
TOM: Well, there possibly is. There are some better finishes out there that are a little more durable. The least that you should be doing is using an oil-based polyurethane there and certainly having more than a couple of coats will help.
AARON: I guess so. Well, thanks.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.