1.) How many different types of wood floors are there?
A: There are several different types of wood
floors. The first is a “real” wood floor. The boards are
available in twenty two species in the USA. It is installed
in the floor, sanded, stained and finished. In most cases,
it must be sanded to eliminate the mill marks from when the
board was made. These are known in the industry as “sand
and finished” floors. They come in varieties of hardwood
such as oak and maple, and soft woods such as pine and
birch. The next type of wood floor is called “prefinished”
as it is factory finished. So it is just installed in the
floor and does not need to be sanded, stained or finished.
These can come in varieties of solid wood, or compressed
wood. The final type of wood floor is the “engineered”
board. They come in numerous varieties, such as ones that
have a real piece of hardwood on the surface and composite
material under that, to a vinyl “picture” of a floor on top
of composite material, to boards that are made completely of
plastic and made to resemble wood.
2.) Can engineered and laminate floors be refinished?
A: Yes! These types of floors can easily be
refinished, including blending in color with a sandless
refinishing. They cannot be refinished with traditional or
3.) Why are wood floors so popular?
A: Wood floors give a “warmth” to a room like no
other floor medium can! That is why so many clothing stores
have wood floors—to give you that warm and homey feeling
which will make it more comfortable for you to buy!
4.) How often do wood floors need to be refinished?
A: The finish can be renewed at any time to
bring back the sheen and luster to the floor. While the
floor is being used, you never want it to go to “bare” or
open wood! If you see signs of that, you are past the point
where you should have refinished. Even if you have an
engineered floor that has a “30 year warranty” that warranty
doesn’t cover the sheen or the finish—just the board
5.) What is the best way to keep a wood floor looking nice?
A: Use a dry mop regularly over the floor. This
keeps the gritty dirt off the floor that will dull the
finish. Never wet mop your floors. Spot clean with neutral
floor cleaner when needed. We recommend using the Mr.
Sandless Wood Cleaner found
Damp a mop with a very small amount of wood
cleaner only when necessary. Use area rugs to protect high
traffic area, most especially by entranceways. Avoid using
rubber back area rugs as these will discolor the floor.
Always use special rug mats to protect the floor from
discoloring under all of your area rugs. Use floor
protectors under legs of furniture and chairs. Trim your
dog’s nails regularly. Perhaps the best advice is to take
your shoes off at the door!
6.) Are there different kinds of sheens and which should I
A: Yes, there are sheens from high gloss, to
semi-gloss, satin and matte finishes. From a technical
perspective, they all do the same job. So when it comes to
“choice” it just depends on what you prefer. If you want
your floor to really “pop” then go with a gloss finish.
Want no shine at all? Then matte is for you!
7.) Are wood floors really healthier than carpet?
A: Yes. Wood floors are easier to clean and do
not harbor things like “dust mites” which can build up in a
carpet and leave behind droppings that can make you sick.
8.) My floors are getting dull. I see all these products
online and on television for wood floors. Should I use
A: No! In fact, this is one of the best ways to
really mess up your floors! One of the biggest selling
products of one of these companies is their stripper to
remove their product! A floor that has lost its sheen can
easily be snapped right back to like new condition with a
9.) Can I refinish my own floors?
A: That would not be a wise decision. Your wood
floors are very valuable, so you want to trust your
refinishing to a professional!
10.) I thought sanding was the best method of refinishing.
A: To start with, you can’t sand laminate
floors. While you can sand pre-finished floors, it most
likely will never have that look again, as the factory
finish will be sanded away, exposing whatever wood is
underneath. That wood could be compressed composite board
even. As for real wood floors, sanding is not the “end all”
service. When you sand the floor, you are actually
weakening the floor—taking the floor away as dust! If the
sander is inexperienced, they could sand the floor down to
nothing with just one sanding! Along with that, the dust is
carcinogenic and so are a lot of the oil-based finishes used
by sanders. Dust from sanding is listed on the FDA’s
website as a “known human carcinogen.”
On top of all of these negatives, most people
believe sanding fixes all things that are wrong with a
floor. This is not true. Sanding often does not remove the
problems found in a floor.
Take this floor, for example, that was sanded.
There are areas of moisture damage where the board is
black. This is where moisture had penetrated the finish and
went into the board, damaging it. Even though this floor
was sanded down—the last time it would be able to be
sanded—it did not remove the damaged boards as you see in
the after picture. It would have been far better to have
those boards replaced and sandless refinishing, rather than
This is another good example of a sanded floor
with problems. After the sanding and refinishing, you can
still see damage in the floor boards. It would have been
better to process this floor with sandless refinishing, and
coloring the floor to conceal the damage, than it was to
sand it down and have the problems remain.