How To Determine If Chemical Etching Is The Right Way To Refinish Your Kitchen Hardwood Floors

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How To Determine If Chemical Etching Is The Right Way To Refinish Your Kitchen Hardwood Floors

4 December 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Refinishing your kitchen hardwood floors can take a lot of time and effort if you go the traditional route and sand your floors down before applying a new finish. However, if you are looking for a faster way to refinish your hardwood floors, chemical etching may be the way to go. With chemical etching, you can refinish your kitchen hardwood floors in a day. However, chemical etching is not right for all hardwood floors. Here are a few pointers to help you determine if chemical etching will work well on your floors.

Quality Varies

Chemical etching is one of the fastest ways to refinish your kitchen hardwood floors. However, how great your floors look afterwards really depends on what kind of condition your floors were in to begin with. This refinishing method is not right for all floors.

Inspect Your Floor For Scratches

The first thing you need to do is inspect your floor for scratches. Over time, all floors end up with at least a few scratches on them. While you are inspecting your floor, pay attention to how deep the scratches are.

Are the scratches light and only on the surface? Or when you touch the scratches can you see that they extend deep into the wood?

If the scratches are light, the chemical etching method should work well on your floors. You may need to do a few touch-ups to smooth out the cracks before you apply the etching, but overall, the etching should help your floors look like new.

If you have a lot of deep scratches on your wood, chemical etching may not be the best method for you. The scratches will not disappear and may still be apparent after you stain your floors. If you do have a lot of deep scratches, you may need to sand your floors in order to get a smooth finish.

Inspect Your Floor For Wear

Next, you need to inspect your kitchen floor for wear and tear. If the area you want to refinish is so worn down that the current finish is flaking off or is worn away, don't try chemical etching. Chemical etching will cause discoloration on bare wood. Chemical etching works best on low traffic areas where the wood is not worn down.

Pay Attention To The Finish

Finally, if you don't know already, you need to determine what type of finish is on your kitchen hardwood floors. If you have a wax finish on your hardwood floors, you will have to sand your floors before you can refinish them.

Any other type of finish will work just fine with the chemical etching finish process.

Chemical etching is a great way to give your kitchen floors a new life without investing a lot of time or money into the project. However, if your kitchen hardwood floors are really worn down, have lots of deep scratches or have a wax finish, you'll need to go with the traditional sanding method if you want to refinish your floors. Chemical etching will not work well on kitchen floors with those characteristics. 

For kitchen remodeling services, contact a company such as Winston Brown Construction.