Some surprising answers to three big questions - answered here.

You just bought a new house and when you pulled up the rug, you made a wonderful discovery:  gorgeous wood floors. Only problem is they’re not the right color to go with your style.

Here’s another scenario: Sometimes one change leads to another; maybe your home was once traditional, but now has a contemporary casual atmosphere, and your mahogany hardwood floors just don’t seem quite aligned with this look.

Or maybe you just feel like a change.

We hear it all at Dragon Scale Flooring, and it’s really not difficult at all to change the color of your hardwood surfaces because, despite what many think, refinishing just isn’t about repair.

You just have them sanding and stained (and keep in mind that a stain is different from a “finishing) and voila , enjoy a “new” floor. You pick the stain color!

By the way, I did very easily. I went from dark to blond floors because I wanted an airier, more contemporary look.

“But isn’t hardwood really expensive?” True, there might be a little sticker shock during the initial purchase, but take a look at the overall picture. They last for decades (sometimes as much as 100 years!), so there really aren’t replacement costs. Hardwood floors also add value to your home. Real estate surveys indicate that people will often pay as much as 20 percent over the asking price for a home with wood floors. What if they get wet?

That is probably the question we hear most often, because water is the enemy of hardwood floors, resulting in warping, buckling and cupping.

You do need to know that spills need to be wiped up immediately; if they do get wet:

Immediately remove damp items like rugs, furnishings or towels to prevent further damage.

Wipe them down as best you can (a water vacuum would be a great choice in this scenario).

Disinfect the wood. (Some people will wipe with Mr. Clean, but you should always ask your flooring retailer). The reason this step is important, is because it prevents bacterial growth which, in turn, prevents mold.

Use dehumidifiers, fans and, if possible, a moisture meter. It can take several weeks for the floors to dry completely, so you may still want to talk to an expert.

Still have questions? Feel free to come into the Dragon Scale Flooring showroom in Laurel, MD, to learn more.