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Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaning and Recoats

Our Deep Clean and Recoat service is a terrific alternative to getting a full sand and refinish if your floors are looking dull and tired but not scratched up and worn through.

Before Clean and Recoat

Before a Deep Clean and Recoat

After Clean and Recoat

After a Deep Clean and Recoat

Here are the 4 steps involved:

Deep Clean Scrubber

STEP 1: Using the scrubber and special cleaner

Removing Residue

STEP 2: Next the reside is removedr

Applying Bonding Coat

STEP 3: A chemical bonding agent is applied

New Coat of Finish Applied

STEP 4: Last step is a new coat of finish

Why Clean and Recoat?

All surface coatings, including your house paint and automobile paint, start to deteriorate with constant use and exposure to daily life. Your wood floor finish is the same.

The simple act of living, walking and playing on your floors constantly exposes them to dust, dirt and grime. These acts as abrasives and slowly over time they start to wear the protective finish layer down.

The key is to not let this wear get so bad that the finish is completely removed from the most well used areas. Once that happens you have no choice but to do a full re-sand and refinish. Not only is this a more expensive option, it also lessens the life of your floor each time you do it. There are only a limited amount of sands available for each floor. Once they are reached, the floor will need to be replaced which is very expensive.

By cleaning and recoating your hardwood floors before they start to wear through the finish, you accomplish three things… 1) you rebuild and restore the finish layer and bring back the beautiful luster, 2) you prevent a total back to bare wood restoration and 3) you extend the life of your floor by maintaining the original thickness of the floor.

How does it work?

Our Deep Clean and Recoat service is done in the following 4 steps…

STEP 1: We use our auto scrubber along with a very safe but aggressive cleaning solution to mechanically remove the build-up of dirt and gunk that has accumulated over the years.

STEP 2: Then we scrub your floor again with another cleaning solution that takes up the residue from the first clean and neutralises the floor so it’s ready for step 3.

STEP 3: A chemical bonding agent is applied to the floor. This acts as a barrier and adhesive. If there is any contaminant residue remaining after the first two steps, this will make sure they don’t cause any issues. It also prepares the surface to be “sticky” so the finish will bond extremely well.

STEP 4: After the bonding agent has dried, a top coat of finish is applied.

*You have a choice to apply a second coat of finish if you like. Ask us to see if it’s necessary

Will there be any dust?

No, not at all. That’s one of the biggest benefits of this system. The reason there is no dust is because your floor isn’t being sanded, only scrubbed clean and recoated. No wood is removed during the process.

My floors are dirty but not worn. Can you just clean them without putting a new coat on?

Yes we can. This option is called Deep Cleaning. It’s basically Step 1 and Step 2 from the process above.

Can I use the Deep Clean and Recoat service if my hardwood floors are badly scratched

Unfortunately, no. When a finish has worn through to the bare wood you have no option but to completely sand them back and do a full restoration. If you just clean and recoat over deep scratches and exposed worn wood, it will make those areas stand out and be even more visible, only now they will be encased under a new coat of finish. It really isn’t a good look, definitely not one we want our name associated with.

Is there anything else to be aware of?

Yes. Some existing finishes will not be compatible with the deep clean and recoat process. If your floor has a big build-up of wax or you have used certain cleaners on it, you may not be able to have it done. These would cause the finish to not adhere properly and the finish could fisheye, peel or flake right off. The biggest reason for recoat failures is contaminants from these incompatible cleaners and waxes.

How will I know if my hardwood floor is incompatible?

When we come out to have a look at your floors, we will run a series of chemical and adhesive tests in different parts of your home. This will allow us to detect any incompatible finishes or contaminants. If the tests come out negative, you are good to go. If you get a positive result, we will discuss what options are available.

How long will the process take?

Most average sized homes can be done in a single day. After 2 to 3 hours you will be able to walk on your floor and furniture will be able to be moved back the following day.

What does it cost compared to a full sand and refinish?

You are looking at a savings of two thirds the cost of a full restoration. It’s a big price difference so it’s well worth considering to see if your floors qualify.

Is this the same as a “buff and recoat” someone else has offered me?

No, not at all. The only similarity is the last step – applying a new coat of finish. With the buffing/screening and recoat process, instead of doing Step 1 to 3 above, they use a buffer and sanding screen to abrade the floor to try to get a mechanical bond instead of a chemical one. Once they abrade the floor, they vacuum it and coat.

This is a subpar system for a couple of reasons:

  1. Instead of being 100% dust free like our system, it will fill your home full of dust. The buffer they use is the worst performing machine for dust control. Even if they use a vacuum attachment, you will have a big dusty mess to clean up afterwards.
  2. The buffing screens used in this process are not designed for recoats. They are designed for abrading between new fresh clean coats of finish. As discussed above, the potential for finish failure due to contaminants on existing floors agent, you are inviting a disaster.

If you get a cheap price for a ‘buff and recoat’, make sure you understand the process they are using and the potential risk of failure.

Finish Peeling Failure
Bubbled Finish Failure

Flaking and peeling finish from cheap and quick ‘buff and recoat’ jobs. Make sure you get a Deep Clean and Recoat instead to prevent these issues

Who is the ideal candidate for a Deep Clean and Recoat?

There’s a couple of scenarios that we would recommend this service. First, if you are putting your home up for sale and want the floors to be spruced up without a full restoration, it is ideal. You’ll save a lot of money and they will look fresh clean and gleaming for potential buyers.

Another scenario is if you have just bought a home but don’t like the sheen or gloss level of the floors. We can turn super shiny and glossy floors into a more modern matte or satin sheen without the need for a full re-sand. You’ll remove the previous homeowner’s dirt and grime at the same time so you can move in with the floors fresh and completely clean.

The last and most popular scenario is if you have been in your home for quite a few years and your floors have become dull and lost their luster. A Deep Clean and Recoat will revive them and make sure they’re protected well into the future.

If you would like to find out more about this service and see if your floors qualify, request a quote with Deep Clean and Recoat as an option.

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