Staining Wood Floors - One question I've been asked time and again over the years working in the wood flooring industry is; can my old fitted wooden floor be sanded and refurbished? Many people have a wooden floor inside their house which has been down for 6-10 years that is looking tired, lifeless, has scratches or spots in and has definitely seen better days. Most folks know that original floor boards or parquet floors might be sanded back to make a finished flooring that is lovely, having a fitted wooden flooring is a bit more confusing, but things to do.
You must discover what type of flooring you have, and most importantly it is wood. If your flooring is a wood effect laminate then I am afraid the sole alternative is to replace it.
There are just two types of fitted wooden flooring; solid and engineered wood flooring as well as the great news is, both can be sanded and refurbished to look as new as the day. Engineered wooden flooring can sometimes be mistaken for laminate as it features a similar construction. Engineered wood flooring includes a thin layer of real wood, usually between 3-5 millimeters bonded to some base of ply or MDF board, because that it is fitted together with a tongue and groove and of its construction, it also remains really flat.
Solid wood flooring is more expensive to make and will inevitably cost a lot more to buy, but in my opinion, it's not as good a product as engineered as it's more vulnerable to warping.