Hardwood Floor reFinishing

Hardwood Floor Refinishing In Shebaygan Area By The Professionals

If you’ve lived with hardwood floors for a while, you’ve certainly noticed their gradual, but inevitable, deterioration. They start off wonderful, but after a few years with no refinishing, you get scratches and scuffs. Sometimes you may even find an odd splinter or two. These are signs that your hard floor is SCREAMING for a refinishing. If these marks are left to stay for too long, they’ll become permanent and can lead to even more damage on the floor. Hope is not lost, however. Call Badger Carpet & Floor Care, and we can save, repair, and protect your hardwood floor!

Hardwood floors are beautiful but expensive. The price of hardwood floor repair and routine maintenance are nothing compared to needing an entire hardwood floor replaced. You need to keep your hardwood floors in top condition to ensure they have a healthy lifetime. That regular refinishing will not only save you from replacing the floor itself but also from having an ugly deteriorating hardwood floor dirtying up the place.

Are you noticing your hardwood floors becoming worn and torn? If they are, it’s probably time to have your hardwood floors cleaned, buffed, and recoated by Badger Carpet & Floor Care to keep them in perfect shape and to prevent damage. Experts recommend that you should have hardwood floors cleaned and recoated every 3-5 years (depending on how much traffic your floors endure). Keep your hardwood floors looking great and healthy by giving us a call today!

What is a ‘Screen and Recoat’ Anyway?

Best-Kept Secret in the World of Hardwood Flooring

You may be unaware that the Screen & Recoat process can save you money and extend the life of your wood floors. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many homeowners are unaware of this hardwood floor preservation process. But if you have done any amount of research regarding the maintenance of your hardwood floors, chances are you have at least come across the term. So let’s dive into what it actually means…

The phrase Screen & Recoat

Also known as a buff and coat, the name describes the process of freshening up existing coats of polyurethane by adding additional coats. Most hardwood floors today have a polyurethane finish that protects the wood below it (those that do not have a polyurethane finish are typically oiled or waxed regularly). The word ‘screen’ refers to a mesh abrasive that is used under a floor machine to take off some of the old, damaged polyurethane. This mesh screen also provides the new polyurethane a textured surface allowing it to stick.

Part of Your Regular Maintenance Program

Screen & Recoat should be part of EVERY hardwood floor that has polyurethane on it. Why? Done regularly, the Screen & Recoat process can virtually eliminate the need to have your wood floors sanded. Here’s how: Polyurethane is considered a sacrificial layer – it protects the hardwood floor from damage by taking the damage itself and, over time, is worn off by the friction of everyday life. With each passing year, the layer of polyurethane becomes thinner and thinner, particularly in the heavy-traffic areas. If allowed to wear off completely, the bare wood is exposed to the damage that is caused by dirt, dog nails, and spills. Damage such as this can only be corrected by sanding the ENTIRE floor.

To prevent the bare wood from being damaged, you have your floors refreshed with a Screen & Recoat every few years, well before the protective polyurethane layer has grown too thin. The important thing to remember here is that the Screen & Recoat should be performed BEFORE you see damage to your floor. This is a concept that many homeowners struggle with, but remember: this is a preservation process for your hardwood floors (not a reclamation process).

Think of it this way: Having polyurethane applied to protect your hardwood floor from wear is not all that different than using sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Applying a thick layer of high quality sunscreen BEFORE your skin is exposed to the sun, and periodically re-applying before it wears off, will protect you from sunburn. If sunburn appears because you allowed the sunscreen to wear off, its too late to prevent damage to your skin.

Can ANY Floor Be Screened & Recoated?

No. Some hardwood floors have been neglected for too long or have suffered significant damage during their existence. These are NOT candidates for a Screen & Recoat. Pet stains, water damage, ultraviolet discoloration, and deep dents are just a few examples of floors that are beyond the limits of a Screen & Recoat.

Check out our Can This Wood Floor be Saved page to see which floors can be screened, which floors should be sanded, and which floors need replacement.

Challenges Facing a Screen & Recoat

Your floor may look like a perfect candidate for a Screen & Recoat. There’s little to no wear visible. Scratches are only present in the finish and don’t penetrate the polyurethane and go into the wood below. But there are other factors at play…

The floor has been ‘maintained’ with waxes, acrylics, or oil soaps. This can be a dreadful scenario for many floor maintenance professionals. These products are widely-sold to an uneducated public and create unnecessary problems. Normally, we see this happen in a couple of scenarios: 1) newly-sold homes when the previous owners coated their floors to give them a temporary shiny look to help sell the house, and 2) unsuspecting homeowners who have had cleaning people apply these products without their knowledge. Some of the most commonly offending products include Murphy’s Oil Soap, Rejuvenate, Bona, Mop n Glow, and Orange Glo. While not impossible to remove, the labor needed to strip these products is significant, but necessary in order to properly prepare the floor for new coats of polyurethane.

If you are currently using any of these products on your floors, PLEASE throw them away, and then check out our Hardwood Floor Maintenance Explained page.

Today’s pre-finished floors also pose some issues for the screen and recoat process. The finishes on the floors are applied by a machine in a factory and contain hardeners like aluminum oxide. Meant to minimize scratching, these additives make preparing the floor for additional finish much more of a challenge. And while these finishes are meant to minimize scratches, they don’t eliminate them. Unlike site-finished polyurethane where most scratches in the finish can be removed, Screen & Recoat will not remove most scratches in the finish of a pre-finished floor.

How Does it Work?

The Screen & Recoat process can be completed in less than a day, with homeowners walking on their hardwood floors in socks that evening. The process DOES produce some dust (not anywhere close to the amount produced during a sanding), but the vast majority of it is contained in the vacuumed system of most professional floor machines. All adjoining areas must be completed at once to avoid the dreaded left-off-here spot.

The floors are first cleaned to remove any possible contaminants. Next, the floors are screened with a floor machine and then vacuumed with a commercial-grade HEPA vacuum. Floors are lightly cleaned once more to ensure that the floor is prepared for receiving finish. The floors are then recoated with 2-3 coats of high-quality polyurethane, each of which is allowed to dry before the subsequent coat is applied.

A couple of hours after the final coat is dry, the floor can be lightly walked on. Pets and furniture replacement should wait until the day after finish the application, with area rugs being replaced 4-5 days later.

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