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Understanding Clean & Recoat:  When, Why & How

Are your wood floors experiencing a bit of a mid-life crisis? Are they showing signs of “finish fatigue” after being refinished some 10-25 years ago? Is there a duller look and do you see a chalky appearance where the chairs sit around the breakfast table? Are there visual reminders of where the children and pets used to play? Is the infamous “kitchen triangle” looking more like a hiking path? Was the group of workers trudging through your house in the last remodeling project the last straw? Sound familiar? Recoating your wood floors just might be the option for you. Here are the basics of recoating to help you make an informed decision.

Recoating is exactly what it sounds like: multiple applications of new finish over the older, ailing finish. It can be done quickly, cleanly (absolutely no dust) and is reasonably priced. My prices start at $1.85 per square foot. You may still see water damage, deep scratches, gouges and indentations but they will blend in better and the original color and luster will be restored. Recoating is not a process that removes old paint nor is it recommended for floors maintained with either paste or acrylic waxes.

The key to successful recoating is the cleaning prior to applying finish. Cleaning is with chemicals specifically formulated to remove the type of contaminants found on wood floors and synthetic scouring pads. The old finish is scrubbed with these cleaners to loosen up dirt, grime and other products that have collected on the surface. This cleaning ensures that the new finish will properly bond and adhere to the old finish. We do not recommend “screening” the floor as this is the primary cause of recoating failures.

After all the liquid cleaners have been removed the floor is allowed to dry overnight. Next, you may use a synthetic pad to buff the floor or a chemical bonding agent for the final prep. The floors are carefully vacuumed and are now ready for the multiple applications of finish.

I work with waterborne polyurethane finishes only when I’m doing a clean and recoat. These environmentally responsible coatings are tough, durable and easy to maintain. They are expensive but worth the money. You avoid noxious vapors and get superior protection. I have dozens of satisfied clients who will vouch for these products.

Recoating enhances the beauty of a home and extends the life of the finish for many years economically, efficiently and with environmentally responsible products. It has proven extremely effective in helping to present a home to buyers and a low cost alternative to sanding for new owners. I have a 100% success record with this process and will provide you references to a growing list of satisfied clients.

Michael Purser | © Rosebud Co. 2016

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