Refinishing Services: Buffing & Recoating
Make the right choice about floor treatment
If you want to recieve more information to make your choice, we will be happy to help you.
Think of it as a part of a regular maintenance program, like changing oil in your car.
It is simple part of the regular maintenance of a hardwood floor that has been finished by polyurethane. Polyurethane is considered a protective sacrificial coat. Over time, the plastic in the finish is slowly removed by the friction of day-to-day living.
That layer gets thinner and more scratched each year—as it should—because its job is to keep damage away from the wood below. But if you let that protective coat deteriorate for too long, it will eventually expose bare wood to assaults from pets, spills, etc. causing damage that can only be repaired by sanding the whole floor. This, you do not want.
So, every few years, well before the protective coat has grown too thin, you refresh it with another coat. The crucial word is “before;” you have to recoat a floor before you see damage, which is hard for some people because they think they’re leaving money on the table by top-coating what appears to be a perfectly good floor finish.
But polyurethane on floors is kind of like sunscreen on skin: not only do you need to put on a good thick layer before you expose it to the sun; you must re-apply it periodically because it wears off. Once sunburn begins to appear, it is too late to start applying protection. Protection is always less costly than the damage that results from not having it.
Advantages to Buff and Sealing
- No heavy sanding is required, saving time and money.
- Within 3 to 6 hours the floor can be moved back in.
Disadvantages to Buff and Sealing
- Some deep scratches, dents and stains will not be removed with light sanding
Another option is Wax finish
Wax finish is an old-fashioned look for wood floors—the way flooring companies did it before the urethanes came out. Through the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, wax was very popular, and it’s coming back today. Many interior designers are recommending waxed floors to their clients, especially because wax goes so well with the hand-scraped and distressed floors that are so popular today.
To give a more decorative shine and minimize the grain from rising, there is nothing like polishing and waxing your floors. Bring the shine back you love on your wood floors.
The first step is cleaning and removing dirt, residues of old wax and grease. When the floor is clean and dry the liquid wax is applied. The final step is buffing the floor with a special 16” steel wool pad to shine and smooth the finish.
Waxing is a good way to prevent wood damages such as moisture and scratching. Today’s wax can last for a long period time and, depending on the amount of traffic on your floors, can last from 1 to 2 years.
Wax is used to seal and protect beautiful hardwood flooring. Choose water-base finishes and the correct type of wax for your floor and its finish. Follow wood manufacturer and finish label directions to protect your floor without having a dangerously slick surface.
Advantages to Waxing
- A more traditional old look
- No heavy sanding is required
Disadvantages to Waxing
- Can cause floors to be extra slippery when wax is new
- Shine and protective coat does not last as long as conventional urethane finishes