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All flooring requires maintenance to continue looking nice, especially hardwood floors. But even if you take great care of your hardwood floors, they may lose their sheen over time. Whether your hardwood floors are starting to look dull or you’re just looking for tips to prevent them from becoming dull, you’ve come to the right place.

Protect and Maintain

So how do you fix a dull floor? Preventing damage is the first step. Here are some ideas for protecting your hardwood floors:

  • Protect them from sunlight. Hardwood floors are sensitive to sunlight. Areas where your floors are exposed to sun will likely fade over time. You can avoid some of this impact with help from throw rugs, blinds or curtains. For an even longer–term solution, consider strategically planting trees or bushes to give your home a bit more shade. You could also install UV–resistant or tinted windows.
  • Remove shoes. High heels are particularly good at scratching through hardwood finishes. Pet nails can also be damaging, so keep pet nails trimmed to protect your floors.
  • Clean the right way. First, sweep or vacuum your floors before applying a wet mop to remove any grit. Then make sure you're using the right cleaner. Products you use on other floorings may strip your floors of their finishes and harm the wood rather than clean it. Finally, don't overdo it on the cleaner—using too much cleaner, even if it's meant for hardwood floors, can make them look dull.

With careful maintenance and attention, a little can go a long way in preserving the beauty of your hardwood flooring.

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Refinish and Repair


Unfortunately, protection and maintenance aren't always the answer to how do you fix a dull floor. Even the best–kept floors will likely need special attention over time. When cleaning no longer gets the job done, your floors may need to be refinished or repaired.

Refinish

Refinishing helps give your floors a new life and goes a long way to prevent damage that is far more expensive to repair. The process involves sanding away imperfections and applying a new finish. Although it sounds simple, many things can go wrong during refinishing. You may sand one part of the floor too much, damaging it and making it look uneven, or improperly apply a finish.

Repair

More extensive damage to floors, such as deep gouges, cannot simply be refinished. Instead, they may require either repair or replacement.

How Do You Fix a Dull Floor? Footprints Floors Can Help!

If you notice visible wear, surface damage, or scratches on your floors, Footprints Floors is here to help get your floors looking brand new again. Footprints Floors has years of experience in all kinds of wood flooring and is committed to providing you with the best, most efficient service. This includes special equipment that minimizes the amount of dust in your home and reduces the amount of time it takes before you can return to full activity in your home.

For floors that need more than just refinishing, you can rely on the experts of Footprints Floors for that, too. In many cases, we can target our repairs or replacements to specific areas and then refinish your flooring to look unified and brand new.

If you've moved into an old home with antique hardwood floors, they may need more than just repairs. Thankfully, the professionals at Footprints Floors are also experts in restoration. Restoration requires particular expertise and is a longer process than refinishing or repairing. We will only recommend a complete restoration if it is the best option for your floors.

So, how do you fix a dull floor? Call the experts! Whatever your floors need, you can trust Footprints Floors to provide top–quality results at affordable prices. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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Well-maintained and polished hardwood floors are a stunning feature in any home. The floors of the home also see the most wear, so it's natural for hardwood to start to show scuffs and wear over time. This doesn't mean you need to shell out a fortune to replace them, though. Most hardwood floors can be restored for a fraction of the cost—and look even better than before!

If you've been researching hardwood flooring restoration, Footprints Floors provides all the refinishing surfaces you need to make that hardwood shine again! From setup to cleanup, we'll take care of the entire process so you don't have to handle the hassle of having to rent or buy special equipment.

Contact us today to learn more about our hardwood flooring restoration services!

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What Our Customers Say

The wife found Footprints on FB marketplace trying to locate a flooring company that could help us with a remodel. Right off the bat from the beginning everyone we came in contact with was so friendly and knowledgeable and listened to all of our needs for the project. We could not wait to get started. The project is all done and we could not be happier! The whole team, Matt, Melissa, Rueben and his teammate did a phenomenal job. They helped us with scope that we were not sure of how to handle and went above an beyond with every request! We are already discussing the next project and will be using Footprints again!
Juan Romero 02/24/24 — google
We worked with Sean from Footprint floors to refinish the floors of two upstairs bedrooms. We had gotten a few quotes and felt theirs was buy far the most fair. They got the work done very quickly and the floors came out beautiful. Thanks, Sean!
Connor Johnson 02/24/24 — google
My wife and I are very happy with our new floor Carson and his team installed in our home last week. They were willing to work around our schedule, and completed the job in one day from start finish. -Jerry and Jane Trabant
Jordan Trabant 02/24/24 — google
Kyle and team did incredible work! Our whole process from quote to dry beautiful floors was about a week, they made my hardwood maple shine again and made the whole process easy and smooth. I will be recommending them to anyone in my network who needs their floors redone going forward. Thanks so much guys!! Photos show the transformation from old to new in the same area of floor :)
sydney j 02/24/24 — google
From working with Jenny to the men who installed my kitchen backsplash were all very professional and very polite. The work is beautiful and I happen to choose the hardest tile to work with! I appreciate them getting my job done in a timely fashion. Thank you to all for your help..I would definitely use this company again.
KAREN LIGHT 02/23/24 — google
Highly recommend the company and its services. Jared was extremely helpful in providing suggestions for me in order to cut costs but still accomplish my goal. He took his time assessing some issues in my floors and took the time to have an additional person come out for a consultation. The consult and two full days work were done within a week- I could not be happier. Highly recommend and will likely use again when I’m ready to do other work with the rest of my floors!
Caitlin Walker 02/23/24 — google
Went with another company at first that took significantly longer, and did an awful job. I then gave Footprint Floors a call and it was a world of difference. Mark was extremely helpful in answering any questions I had. Pedro, and Angel were extremely friendly and efficient. It only took them a day and a half to refinish my entire upstairs floor. I will alway use Footprint Floors for any work I need done in the future.
Brent Vervalin 02/23/24 — google
I had three contractors come out, one wanted 23k, the others no-showed, then refused to offer a quote or estimate. Eduardo was the most professional contractor I've worked with in years. The tile work is nothing short of absolutley spectacular. Perfect workmanship. Jorge and Jose are craftsman, and made the tile not only look good, but look like it's all original using totally different colors and sizes. Just simply amazing. I just can't recommended them enough.
Colin Buckley 02/23/24 — google
Working with Rebecca was a very smooth, straightforward, effortless, and easy experience. From Day 1 she was hands on and was able to help everyway possible. The whole process for our first floor was 2 days between demo and install. I couldn't of asked for an easier process. I am beyond grateful that we went with her. She is very helpful and walks you through the whole process.
Kayla Huck 02/23/24 — google
I had a wonderful experience with Footprints floors. Jordan and James were great at walking me through the process and communicating throughout each step. They refinished original hardwood floors from 1890! I highly recommend them, and would definitely hire them again.
Erin McShane 02/22/24 — google
Amazing service! They made the process so easy, we reached out and Carson came out the following day and was able to start and finish the project the following week! Efficient and affordable, we highly recommend!
Teanna Haas 02/22/24 — google
Excellent service!
Sawyer Thommes 02/22/24 — google
We’ve used Footprints to re-do all of our hardwood flooring as well as for a bathroom tile install. They are so easy to work with, reasonably priced and the process is quick and seamless. Jesse is great to work with and easy to get in touch with when we have questions. We will definitely use Footprints again for future remodels!
Emily Hellwig 02/22/24 — google
They were very professional, honest, and always on time.
Jorge Mtanous 02/22/24 — google
Thrilled with the outcome of the refinishing of my abused kitchen floor. Looks like new. Meticulous and neat workers. Oliver great at answering all questions about color, finish etc. great experience. Highly recommend.
Linda Zuckerman 02/22/24 — google
I want to thanks footprints floors for the job thay done for me with a fear labor Cousts and the timing was fast and on time, I really appreciate you (matt) to make it easy, fast and beautiful job done. Good job
M Y 02/22/24 — google
Aaron was fantastic - explained everything, offered wise options. His crew knocked the job out quick and the finished result was beyond expectations. Highly recommend.
David K 02/22/24 — google
We have a new home! They turned our 30 yo dark floors into smooth, light stained floors. Placed new baseboards and shoe moulding. Skilled craftsman, careful, and hard working crew. Got it done ahead of schedule. Not a speck of dust in the house. We could not be more pleased! Amazing job. Worth every, reasonable penny. Thanks
Terrie Van Buren 02/22/24 — google
Had 2 bathrooms remodeled. Excellent workmanship. Both bathes are so beautiful!!! I still have 2 bathrooms and a kitchen to remodel. Will definitely use Mike Brown at Footprints Floora of Middle GA.
Kim Wendler 02/21/24 — google
My wife and I recently decided to remove the carpet from our bedroom and replace with hardwood-style laminate. Neither of us have ever looked into any sort of “flooring” job, and had no idea what to expect, as far as cost, timeline, options, etc. We came across Footprint Floors, and decided to get a consult from them. Simply from the consult, we immediately knew we wanted to go with Footprint! Amanda came out and spoke with us, patiently answered all of our questions, and explained everything thoroughly. She had samples, talked us through the different styles and what worked best for us, and helped us settle on the perfect one! Only a short (roughly) two-weeks later, and the entire job was completed with perfection! Between the consult, the ordering process, the initial work, and the final completion, Amanda and her team were phenomenal, and updated us every step of the way. They were quick, incredibly communicative, and cost efficient! The floors in our bedroom look incredible, and we could not have asked for a better experience. 10/10 job, and would definitely recommend to anyone that has interest in redoing their floors. Next time we need any flooring done, we will definitely be calling Amanda back!
David Britt 02/21/24 — google

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