Steam Mops For Laminate Wood Floors - One question I've been asked time and again over the years working in the wood flooring business is; can my old fitted wooden floor be sanded and refurbished? A lot of people have a wooden floor in their house that's been down for 6-10 years that's appearing tired, lifeless, has stains or scratches in and has definitely seen better days. A lot of people understand that first floor boards or parquet floors can be sanded back to produce a finished flooring that is lovely, having a fitted wooden flooring is a bit more confusing, but things to do.
You have to find out that it is wood, and most importantly what kind of flooring you have. If your flooring is a wood effect laminate then I'm afraid the only option is to replace it. Laminate flooring comes in varying level of quality, but most of the time it is basically a wood effect print stuck to either an MDF or plywood plank with a lacquer on top, sanding it destroy the floor and would only sand off the paint.
There are just two forms of fitted wooden flooring; engineered and solid wood flooring and the good thing is, both could be sanded and refurbished to look as new as the day they were fitted. As it has a similar building engineered wooden flooring will often be mistaken for laminate. Engineered wood flooring has a thin layer of real wood, generally between 3-5 millimeters bonded to your foundation of MDF or ply board, due to its building and that it is fitted together with a tongue and groove, it also stays really flat.
Solid wood flooring is more expensive to make and will inevitably cost more to purchase, but in my opinion, it is not as good a product as engineered as it is more inclined to warping.