Q: We recently purchased a house. I noticed that the birch wood flooring has dents from sliding wheels on stools, and it has quite a few noticeable scratches in some areas. What do you recommend? Is birch wood floors durability below par? I don’t know if the floor is waxed or treated.
We are the third owners so we don’t know much about the flooring except that it’s birch.
A: If the floor is thick enough to take it, I would completely re-sand and finish it. I have a birch floor in my kitchen. It’s very nice to look at, but not the best choice for that room because it is a bit softer than oak and does tend to get banged up.
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