Can wood ones be refinished? DH chair has really scratched it. TIA
Laminate floors are not wood. They are a type of plastic so cannot be refinished. But a bit of paint may hit it a little.
Or do you have wooden floors with a poly coating?
There are two common types of laminate flooring. The plastic (wood look) laminate and the wood laminate with a thin layer of actual wood on top, sandwiched with a substrate like the one with plastic laminate.
Neither can really be refinished. The best you might hope for is to either get a plastic laminate repair kit (if you have the plastic), and attempt a close color match and fill. Or use some wood glue mixed with sawdust to create a paste to fill deep gouges in the real wood laminate, lightly sand and add a finish varnish to just the area. Neither repair (if you do it yourself) is likely to be invisible when complete. You might try to just disguise any color change in the scratch first.
If this is an office area, a flat commercial carpet would help hide and prevent more damage.
Found out they are wood with poly coating!
sorry it took me so long to get back.
So can they be refinished?
Most of the wood laminate has a VERY thin layer of actual oak or other hardwood on the surface, glued to the underlayment of the actual plank. This does not bode well for any floor sanding machine, as it will just take too much material off. If you hand sand the areas that are scratched or marred, then apply a coating of poly of the same sheen, this may help give you a cleaner appearance to any traffic or damaged areas. (Water base Polycrylic will take many coats, where polyurethane will only require a couple of coats, but will take many hours to dry compared to the acrylic version. The glossier the sheen, the surface is slightly harder with the polyurethane.
I don't think I would even hand sand it. Try filling the scratch with a color stick, or a combinations of the color sticks. You are quite handy and I am sure you can make it almost invisible. Then a coating as Conrad suggested.
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