Our buff and coat process is a great way to keep your floor looking good. It’s quicker and less expensive than a full refinish, and if it’s done periodically, your floors will stay looking fresh and beautiful
There is one thing that sets human’s apart from the animal kingdom- self awareness. We have the unique ability to think about our values, our choices and even the power to change them. Between stimuli and response is the unique ability to choose that response.
I admit this is very hard to accept emotionally, especially if we have had years and years of explaining our misery in the name of circumstance or someone else’s behavior. but until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”
-Stephen R. Covey
Here are some pictures of a floor we recently finished. The mark of a good refinish company is if they take photos that allow the light to reflect off the floor and reveal whether or not there are any imperfections. While this floor may not have been perfect, it’s as close as they come!
Golden Oak floors were really popular about 10 or 15 years ago. In fact, I go in some homes to find golden wood work everywhere. Gold is pretty much out now, and I often get asked if we can do anything to get rid of the gold. My answer is absolutely. There are almost unlimited looks you can achieve with the common oak floor. We can finish oak to fit into almost any interior design scheme. Here’s a couple of pictures showing a floor we did recently. The customer had a lot of gold woodwork in the house, so she wanted something that would not clash with the rest, but would update the floor. This is what we ended up with:
This is a quick video on a project we did recently. We changed a regular carpeted staircase into a beautiful hardwood staircase, and we were able to stay within the customer’s budget.
“My dishwasher/refrigerator leaked! What do I do?”
When water is allowed to saturate a wood floor the result is a condition we refer to as cupping pictured here:
This happens because more moisture is absorbed by the unfinished underside of the boards causing the bottom of each board to expand more than the top. The result is a wavy appearance and each course of wood is raised at the seams. In most cases the wood is not ruined.
The wood is ruined if the boards cup so badly they begin to actually lift off the floor pulling the fasteners up like the floor pictured above. The only solution here is to tear-out and replace the wood.
Dry the floor out
When wood gets wet, it has to be dried out, this can be done in three ways:
The quick way:
There are many companies that offer dehumidifier services that can dry out your floors very quickly. This is a great option because you do not have to wait and many home-insurance providers will pay for this service. If you’re in the Kansas City area check out http://www.cwmrestoration.com
The slow way:
Wood will eventually dry out on its own and become almost completely flat again. However, this can take anywhere from 2-12 months depending on air-movement, temperature, and relative humidity in the home. When I go out on calls like this I always measure the moisture content of the wood. The important thing is that we eventually get consistent reading throughout the entire floor. Running a fan or small dehumidifier on your own can decrease the time it takes to dry the floor out
The alternative way:
Another option is to tear-out the wood that is wet and replace it. This allows the floors to be fixed right away, and may be cheaper than paying for them to be dried out.
Sand and refinish
Once the floor has been dried out, hire a professional like Totta Hardwood Flooring to come sand and refinish your floor. The good news is that most of the time these types of situations are covered by home-owners insurance.
What you don’t want to do:
The biggest mistake I see made is floors getting sanded while they are still wet and cupped. If a floor is sanded before it is fully dried, it will be flat initially, but there will be problems down the road. When the floor eventually dries out, you will get the reverse effect of the cupping referred to as crowning illustrated here:
If your floor gets wet, it’s not the end of the world. In some cases it can be a blessing in disguise because you may get your insurance to pay for your entire floor to get refinished. If you are in the Kansas City area and you have a floor that gets wet, give me a call, I’m always willing to help.
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I went out on a job last week to clean a floor and put another coat of finish on it. While we were cleaning and preparing the floor, I noticed that it turned white when it got wet, the sure sign that it had been waxed. I asked the customer about it, and sure enough she had been maintaining her floor with a wax. I explained that because the floor had been waxed, we would not be able to put another coat of polyurethane on it. That was a lesson I learned the hard way several years ago.
So, is waxing a floor a bad idea? Here are a few thoughts about that:
- Waxing is not a bad thing to do, but it does increase the routine maintenance of your floor since it will require periodic stripping and re-waxing in order to stay looking nice.
- If you have been waxing your floor and would like to improve the look of it you have two options: strip and wax it again, or hire me to do a complete sand and refinish(:
- If you’d like to have your waxed floors sanded and refinished, expect to pay a little more because we go through much more sand paper on a waxed floor.
- If you have waxed your floor, and would like to hire a professional to work on them, don’t withhold that information from them(: We’ll figure it out and your credibility will be lost.
- Wax is not a bad way to maintain your floors at all, it’s just not as common as it used to be. My personal opinion is that there are better finishes that look better much longer and require much less maintenance. Wax is however, much easier to repair and touch-up and is much more user-friendly than many other types of finish.
If you’d like more info on hardwood floors and wax, give me a call or visit our site
We recently did a project for a client whose son had a lot of allergies. Because of this, they wanted to remove all the carpet in the home and replace it with hardwood. They already had hardwood flooring on the majority of their first floor. they had carpet in 3 rooms on the first floor and on the entire second floor. They weren’t sure if we’d be able to match the new floor with the existing one or if they should go with a different floor altogether. I assured them that we could get a perfect match, and we could also “lace-in” the new floor with the old so it would flow perfectly without any transitions.
Here is what the floor looked like after we laced-in the new wood and sanded and finished everything to match.
See more pictures of this floor.
Whether or not allergies are a concern for you, replacing carpet with hardwood is always a nice upgrade. Get a free estimate now.