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It’s a fact, your hardwood floor is going to become scratched and dull through general wear and tear over time. It’s best to recoat your floor while it still looks good, prolonging the life of your floor and reducing the number of times it has to be refinished. Recoating will revitalize the shine and get rid of any mild discolorations that haven’t penetrated the wood. By committing to the proper care and maintenance of your hardwood floor, including recoating and refinishing when required, your floor will last for generations.

Recoating vs. Refinishing

Recoating is a simple process, involving thorough cleaning and light sanding (scuffing) of your floor’s last applied layer of finish, before a fresh coat of finish is applied. It rejuvenates your wood floor and extends the life of its protective finish layers.

Recoating is not to be confused with refinishing a hardwood floor. Recoating is suitable if the floor is only mildly scratched and worn, the finish has not worn through, and it does not have a build up of wax or other chemicals. This build-up will create adhesion problems and cause the floor to reject the new finish, resulting in peeling and flaking.

Refinishing hardwood floors involves extensively sanding the floor to expose the wood – necessary when there are deep scratches, damage, or has a build up of wax or chemicals. If the floor has been waxed and has signs of wear that are not remedied by another coat of wax, it is time to refinish.

Can your floor be recoated?

If you are unsure whether or not the floor has a wax coating, you can do your own home test: just wipe a small area with a rag dampened in paint thinner. If the thinner removes the existing finish, the floor has a wax coating and will require complete sanding and refinishing.

To find out if your floor can be recoated, and to ensure compatibility of the new finish, do a small patch test in an inconspicuous area. It is best to use the same finish that was previously applied, as problems such as peeling can occur if an existing coating is not compatible with the new coating. If you don’t know what the existing finish is, you can test the compatibility of a new finish with the following test:

• Start by thoroughly cleaning the area with a wood floor cleaner, then lightly sand it with fine (120 grit) sandpaper.
• Wipe away all traces of dust before applying polyurethane floor finish to the area, wait 24 hours before touching the surface.

After a couple of days the material should show no signs of bubbling. The finish should be smooth, not rippled or of an orange peel like texture, and it shouldn’t flake or peel away (test this by scratching the surface with moderate pressure using a coin). If the surface passes these tests, it should be safe to seal the entire floor. If it does not pass these tests, the floor will need to be completely sanded and refinished.

Instructions for recoating

Once you’re sure your hardwood floor can be recoated, the following steps will ensure a successful application of the new finish coat:

1. Begin by lightly sanding floor using a screening disk. Screening disks are open mesh abrasive screens that are used on rotary buffing machines. Floors in good condition can be screened with 120 grit screens, though if the floor is in poorer shape, 100 or even 80 grit screens are recommended. If you use one of these more aggressive screens, it is advisable to re-screen the floor using a 120 grit screen to remove some of the swirl marks and ensure a nice smooth surface.

2. Sweep and vacuum floor to remove wood dust and dirt.

3. Dampen a tack rag with pure mineral spirits and run the rag over the floor to pick up any fine dust and oily residue. Avoid using rags treated with less refined oil-based materials such as kerosene or wax-based treatments, as they could leave a residue and cause poor adhesion and peeling.

4. Ensure the area is well ventilated and apply the finish to the edges of the floor with a brush, then coat the rest of the floor using a foam or lamb’s wool applicator. Use smooth, even strokes in the direction of the grain. Allow finish to cure completely per the manufacturer’s instructions before walking on the floor.

Tamalpais Hardwood Floors has extensive experience refinishing and installing hardwood floors. For a free estimate in the Bay Area, call 866-987-8686.

Here’s an article about the pros and cons of bamboo flooring. For more information about Bamboo flooring see our page:

San Francisco Bay Area Bamboo Flooring

and/or call us at:

415-459-1800

or

866-987-8686

We are located at 3095 Kerner Blvd. Suite K – San Rafael.


Bamboo Flooring Review – Pros and Cons of Bamboo Floor

Bamboo Flooring Review – Pros and Cons of Bamboo Floor
By Tim Phelan

Bamboo, which is actually considered a grass instead of a tree, grows much more quickly than most types of hardwood. Usually the bamboo is harvested between three and six years. Compare that to hardwood trees which can take anywhere from 40 years to 120 years to mature. That’s a big difference obviously and is the main reason it is considered such a good Eco friendly option to hardwood.

Another reason bamboo is liked by environmentalists is because the bamboo requires very little pesticides and fertilizers. Pesticides and fertilizers can pollute the land and waters where the forests are managed. However, the manufacturing process of bamboo flooring can result in byproducts being dumped into local rivers and streams. So, it’s very important to make sure you are buying bamboo from a reputable manufacturer. Two of the top manufacturers are Teragren and Ecotimber.

One of the problems with bamboo flooring is that the product comes from countries where there isn’t much regulation. Again, this is why you want to look for well known and respected brands. Another thing to check for is whether the product passes the standards set by the Federal Stewardship Council, or FSC for short. The organization certifies forest management.

Look for bamboo that is older than just a year or two. The best bamboo will be harvested every five or six years or longer, which makes for a better product because it will be more durable, hard and dense.

A positive aspect of bamboo is the fact that it does better is areas that are exposed to water, whereas hardwood flooring does not do well when exposed to water. Also, the better quality bamboo is harder than many hardwoods, is stain and scratch resistant. Because bamboo is water and stain resistant, the floors are easier to maintain and clean. Using a wet mop on a bamboo floor is OK, while it is not with most hardwood floors.

One of the cons of bamboo is that there are basically only two types of colors: a natural light yellow hue and a darker caramelized tone called amber. However, it is possible to stain the natural planks with many different colors.

Make sure you have an experienced floor installer to handle your job if you choose to use bamboo as sometimes floating a bamboo floor can be difficult. Overall though, installing isn’t a problem and will make you happy to use a product which isn’t hurting the environment.

Tim Phelan is a concerned citizen when it comes to the environment.
He’s also been involved with managing websites for several years, one of which has more information about bamboo flooring

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