Do your gorgeous hardwood floors need repair or replacement? There’s no shortage of advice, myths and misinformation. It can get pretty confusing.

Delair’s Carpet Barn wants to clear the air, so here are some commonly asked questions:

Myth #1: Engineered hardwood floors cannot be sanded.

Fact: Yes, they can, although it probably can’t be done as often as solid hardwood floor refinishing. However, you can do it two or three times and maybe even more, depending upon thickness. As you know, engineered floors have a layered construction, with the top layer being the “wear layer.” Thickness matters here. For instance, a 2 mm wear layer can be finished one or two times; a 3mm wear layer can take about two to three times. A 4-6 mm wear layer can be refinished three to six times. You get the point!

Myth #2: Floor sanding is just sanding.

Fact: No, and that’s especially important to know if you’re tempted by DIY. Wood floor refinishing, to be done correctly, involves preparation, controlling dust; removing furniture and window treatments; nail setting and plugging holes and dents. It might even include broken board replacement.

Myth #3: My hardwood floors are scratched, so a wood floor refinishing service won’t do any good.

Fact: Most of the scratches are in the veneer and not the actual wood, so it will most likely be fine. Even dents can be repaired. Here’s a very easy way to tell if you need a floor refinishing service: Pour a little water on the floor; if the water just sits there or sinks in very slowly, you’ll probably be able to get away with doing nothing for a few months. If it sinks faster, but there are no dents or gouges, you’ll probably just need a simple refinishing. If, however, you do have dents and stains, you’ll most likely need a thorough refinishing.

It’s best to have a pro take a look before proceeding with anything.

This shouldn’t be a DIY project. When used improperly, tools can not only injure you, but also damage your floors, such as leaving the sander in one place for too long and ending up with a hole in your floor. There’s also the concern about fire; the pros will know how to connect tools properly, and avoid vapors from escaping and mixing with flammable lacquers and other substances.

Come into Delair’s Carpet Barn in East Montpelier, VT and let us show you how it should be done.