Restoring Old Hardwood Floors
Recoating your hardwood floor, in order to restore that hardwood floor is arguably the best value in the hardwood floor industry today. You need to understand that the technique of screen and recoat does not necessarily work that well. Today, in the 21st century, new liquid cleaners and scrubbing pads have been developed; new methods of wax detection have been devised; new bonding agents have been developed.
Clean and Recoat: Where the Smart Money Is Going
Recoating wood floors. Tired, lifeless and worn floors get a new lease on life for a fraction of what it would take to refinish them. It is particularly appealing to homeowners who are preparing their house for sale and new buyers who see a chance to make improvements prior to moving in. Here is a short tutorial to make sure you know what you’re getting and how to avoid a very expensive mistake.
Screen and Recoat? Why Not.
For years, the term “screen and recoat” was used to describe recoat of your hardwood floor, and this was a mistake. The “screen” was a screenback disc that was used with a buffer to rough up the old finish. When used to recoat your old hardwood floors it was less reliable, had a high failure rate and often filled the air with dust – note picture to the right. Screenbacks were never designed to clean dirt and grime off a floor. If the surface isn’t really cleaned, the new coating will not adhere to the surface. You end up with a very expensive disaster. The high failure rate of screen and recoat has created doubt and confusion among consumers, and it has caused a major headache for a lot of wood flooring contractors.
Recoat Your Hardwood Floor: New Scientific Developments
These failures changed dramatically, when some major coatings manufacturers set out to solve the problems. They determined first that removing dirt, grime and other surface contaminants worked best with liquid cleaners and scrubbing pads. They developed environmentally responsible cleaners, auto-scrubbers, synthetic scrubbing pads. Suddenly the risk factors in recoating your hardwood floor evaporated. A process that sent clouds of dust throughout the home was transformed into a spotlessly clean procedure. The manufacturers instructed flooring contractors in how to detect waxes and other products that could throw a monkey wrench into the works. Then they took it one step further: They introduced bonding agents that helped ensure proper adhesion to the old finish. The haphazard nature of screen and recoat has been replaced by a reliable, clean and sound option for restoring old wood floors. This is 21st century recoating at its best!
Okay, you now have the information to make an informed decision. Performed correctly, recoating your hardwood floor restores color, adds protection, is fast, clean, environmentally responsible, and it saves your old floors from a total re-sanding.
Whether you are getting the house ready to sell, purchasing an older home, empty-nesters with the chance to upgrade the house or just tired of your dull lifeless floors, recoating is probably the answer. Leave “screen and recoat” to the Vegas crowd and put your money into a sound investment. If you need to know more, call or email me for quick answers.