Hardwood flooring is an attractive investment for any home, regardless of size or style. It creates value, figuratively and literally, offering your home the appeal that can actually increase its market value. 

However, regardless of why you’ve chosen hardwood flooring, there will come a point where routine flooring maintenance is no longer enough to keep the floor beautiful.

Once you’ve decided to remove your home’s wood flooring, reach out to the U.B. Hardwoods & Flooring professionals. We help you understand whether your flooring needs to be removed and the basic steps and factors we consider as we prepare for the process. 

Learn a bit more about hardwood flooring removal with the experts at U.B. Hardwoods & Flooring in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Signs Your Hardwood Flooring Is Ready for Removal

If you are looking into hardwood flooring removal, you are likely already seeing signs of normal wear and tear taking its toll. 

And, if you aren’t sure what the signs are, working with a hardwood flooring removal expert like those with U.B. Hardwoods & Flooring can help you recognize them.

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Too Many Refinishes

So, how many times have you refinished your wood floors? Does a fresh layer of stain or sealant no longer restore the beauty of your original dream of hardwood flooring? 

You may need to remove the wood finally. Wood planks are thick and can only take so many coats before applying the layers begins to compromise the integrity of the wood’s quality.

A hardwood floor that has been refinished too often is more likely to crack and quickly become more structurally unsound. This is dangerous, of course, and should be remedied immediately.

Scratches & Marks

Much like any other type of flooring, you may experience minor scratches or marks from moving furniture or rambunctious pets. However, those small marks can be buffed out or aren’t a worry. 

The issue comes when you notice significant marks and scratches on the flooring that cannot be fixed or buffed. These planks, even the entire floor, will need to be removed to remedy the situation.

Wood Discoloration

Several factors can cause wood discoloration. If there have been major spills, even minor spills that aren’t cleaned up immediately can eventually lead to wood discoloration. It can also damage the wood itself severely if the sealant is no longer effective. 

Gray discoloration and stains are common signs of water damage and should be addressed immediately.

If you notice dark or black stains in your hardwood flooring, it could signify that potential water damage has gone down into the wood’s actual structure. At this point, you need to replace your home’s hardwood flooring.

Very Stubborn Stains

Even when polished, hardwood has a somewhat porous surface, which means stains that are allowed to set can be very difficult to remove. Act quickly to remove stains from hardwood flooring, and consider calling in the professionals if needed.

If cleaner and gentle abrasive doesn’t work, unfortunately, the stain has saturated into the wood and set. Sanding and refinishing are now required to bring your floors back to new.

In some cases, the stain may have penetrated the hardwood enough that it may actually be easier to simply remove and replace some of the planks.

Important Factors to Remember for Hardwood Flooring Removal

When it comes to hardwood flooring removal, the hardwood flooring experts with U.B. Hardwoods & Flooring have the right tools and experience for the job. We like to keep all customers in the loop and ensure communication is open throughout the flooring removal process. 

Here are a few key things to know about hardwood flooring removal.

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First, Consider Removing or Stripping the Stain

One of the major advantages of hardwood floors is the ability to refinish them and make them look like new. That said, what you hope to achieve with your flooring determines whether you should proceed with repairing or replacing the hardwood. 


Changing the color of a wood floor can be a fairly extensive process. Sometimes changing the floor entirely might be a better option; Other times, it can be a solid way to refinish or modernize an older flooring installation.

Our experts can evaluate the condition of your hardwood floors and help you determine the most cost-effective, sustainable solution for your goals. 

Hardwood Flooring Removal Requires the Right Tools

Because there are specialized procedures and tools necessary to get the job done, hardwood flooring removal experts should always be consulted. Tools and safety gear are necessary to get the job done right, including safety glasses, dust masks, knee pads, a shop vacuum, a circular saw, and a roll-off dumpster. 

These may seem like easy tools to use, but combined with experience and industry knowledge, they become specialized equipment.

Hardwood Flooring Removal Requires Preparation

During the hardwood flooring removal process, home preparation needs to be done before flooring removal can start. You can do this to make the flooring removal team’s job easier. Take the time to get your home or singular room ready for construction.

So what do you do to prepare for a hardwood flooring removal project? Make sure to clear furniture out of the room, declutter or put items away, and pull out any heating vents and baseboards for the time being. 

Light fixtures should be covered to protect them from flying debris, and place tarps were necessary to keep this flying debris and dust from spreading around the house.

Hardwood Flooring Can Be Recycled

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about dumping your old hardwood flooring into the landfill. After the flooring has been removed and your home is clean again, any salvageable planks of wood can be given a second chance. 

Some local companies take old wood flooring for restoration or repurpose the wood if it is not moldy, stained, or damaged in any way. You may also keep the old hardwood and use it for your own projects.

Call in a Hardwood Floor Removal Professional

You need to work with a professional when it comes to removing flooring. Flooring removal experts are critical to the process, from using the right tools to understanding whether excess material can be used. However, regardless of how skilled you believe you may be, it is always best to remove the flooring by the book. 

So, when you decide your home’s wood flooring needs replacement, connect with a hardwood flooring removal expert

At U.B. Hardwoods & Flooring, we have decades of experience, knowledge, and resources to get the job done right every time. We can also help you get your home's new flooring if you need replacement.

Get Professional Hardwood Flooring Removal 

Need to have your home’s aging, stained, or damaged hardwood flooring removed? Choose the professionals at UB Hardwoods & Flooring in Plymouth, Minnesota, to get the job done right. 

Connect with us at 763-807-4500 or visit U.B. online today!

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