For today’s buyers, hardwood floors are a desirable aspect of a home. Hardwood floors have more universal appeal than carpet – and they are MUCH easier to keep clean. In fact, most Michigan real estate agents agree that homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell!
But that’s not true if the floor is damaged.
At Mitten Made Properties, we’ve been working in Metro Detroit real estate for a long time, and we’ve seen our fair share of damaged hardwood floors. Luckily, this type of flooring was made to stand the test of time and can be restored.
So, here are our tips for fixing hardwood floors:
For Wear Spots
If it looks like the finish or stain is wearing away in a certain spot, you’ll want to use a fine-grained sandpaper to sand and then re-stain your floor. Make sure to check that the stain and finish matches the rest of the floor by doing a spot test in a closet or other behind-the-scenes area. You’ll also want to make sure to clean up all the sanding dust (and keep away other debris like pet hair) or else it will get stuck in the new stain and your floor won’t look smooth.
Scratches from furniture, pets, or gritty shoes (hello, winter salt!) are the most common type of damage we see on hardwood floors. Fortunately, shallow scratches are a pretty easy fix. Just use a hardwood floor polishing solution that also reduces the appearance of scratches. For deeper scratches, you might need to get the sanding materials out.
If there’s a gouge in your hardwood floor, then you’ll need to add filler before sanding, staining, and finishing the floor. Finishing putty works like a charm.
Hope that helps! And of course, you can get more detailed step-by-step guides and product recommendations on Google.
And if you want to skip the repairs and sell your Southeast Michigan home as-is, damaged floors and all, give us a call at (248) 883-3340 — we can make you a fair cash offer and close in as little as two weeks!