Hardwood Floor Cleaning Service
Hardwood Floor Cleaning Service
Professionally cleaning hardwood floors is a great way to improve the appearance and pro-long the life of the hardwood. Often a full sanding of the floors is unnecessary and a cleaning is sufficient to revitalize the look.
How hardwood floor cleaning works
Hardwood floor cleaning and polishing is a specialized process that can be performed on most hardwood floors. There are a few exceptions when this process will not work, a bit more on that below. Like all other services, we perform a thorough walk-through and inspection to identify problem areas. Once we've answered all your questions and we've relayed to you what type of results we should expect, we proceed with service. We start by moving all furniture off the hardwood, once the last coat of polish is dry (typically 1.5 hours after it is applied) all furniture can be moved back. All hardwood is thoroughly vacuumed to remove dry soils. By working in sections, we apply a safe hardwood floor cleaner that is agitated in with a floor machine and pad that is safe enough to not sand the floor, but aggressive enough to remove existing polish and heavy soiling The leftover detergents and moisture are then removed with a professional and industrial hardwood floor cleaning machine called a Lindhaus. This fantastic machine gently scrubs the hardwood with fresh water, while extracting old dirty water. Depending on the level of soiling, these steps may be repeated.
Applying the finish
Now that the actual cleaning part has been completed, we proceed with the preservation finish. The finish used is a blend of urethane and acrylic, allowing it to be easily applied and easily adhering to an existing urethane finish. The first coat is applied throughout the entire wood floor and typically dries within an hour. The second coat is then applied, taking about 1.5 hours to dry.
After the last coat has cured, the wood floor is completely safe to walk on and move furniture back!
Sanding vs Cleaning
There are pros and cons of sanding hardwood and cleaning hardwood. If you're unsure which is best for you call us any time to schedule a visit and a no-obligation inspection.
From the image above you can see that cleaning hardwood floors can make a huge difference, but there are definitely some situations where sanding would be best.
Let's start with sanding. Sanding a hardwood floor will remove scratches and dings by sanding off a thin layer of wood. Over the years the floor machines used to sand have greatly improved, reducing the amount of airborne dust spreading throughout the home, but not completely eliminating it. To help reduce dust spreading, plastic tarps can be used to block off rooms. This can be invasive and can leave parts of your home unavailable during the project. Sometimes it is even recommended to leave the home for the duration of the project either staying with family or in a hotel. Depending on the level of damage, the process normally takes at least a couple days of sanding and refinishing.
Although much more expensive than cleaning, sanding produces fantastic results and can dramatically improve the appearance and value of the home. It's also an opportunity to change the color and finish.
Cleaning hardwood is a minimally invasive way to improve the appearance. Minor scratches and damage can be hidden, while heavier damage and scratches won't be as noticeable. The process is pretty quick; most homes can be done in half a day's work, including dry time of finish. There is no need to leave the home and there is no dust spreading throughout the home. The cost is often about 20%-40% of what a full sand would cost. There are not unpleasant or harsh odors used.
There are however some limitations to cleaning hardwood. It will not completely rejuvenate the original appearance and it will not repair deeply embedded scratches. It will help by making them less noticeable, but only a sanding can remove deep scratches. If the hardwood has been treated with a wax this cleaning process will not work.
If cleaning is performed every couple of years, it's likely that a sanding will never be needed.