You’ve been told before that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to hardwood floors, a “pound of cure” means floors that have to be sanded and refinished, which is a fairly expensive project. Luckily, a good maintenance routine can prevent such a hardwood flooring restoration solution from being necessary.
When we talk about a maintenance routine, we do not think only of a consistent daily or weekly cleaning schedule or about preventing dents and scratches with well-placed rugs. We also refer to the periodic buff and coat treatment every wood floor must receive in order to keep its good looks and stay away from costly damages.
A buff and coat treatment consists in the removal of your wood floor’s protective layer, followed by the application of a new top coat. The process is simple and, depending on the size of the project, is usually done in one day because there is no work done on the actual wood planks. Only the surface hardwood floor coating is replaced, so the top layer keeps protecting your floors as it should. And because it is a simpler project than a full wood floor restoration project, the cost is only about half the price of a sanding and refinishing job.
So why is buffing and coating necessary? Regardless of your impeccable floor care, every hardwood floor sustains damages. The top coat wears off and loses its luster, scratches become visible, and pets finish the job with their unfortunate accidents. Fortunately, your floor has a top layer (most likely polyurethane) that keeps these accidents at a safe distance from the actual wood. In other words, superficial scratches are not getting to the wood, they are just damages to the surface layer.
However, in time, this top layer wears off. Years of use and abuse, and constant walking through the same high-traffic areas is bound to weaken this protective top coat. When this happens, the next scratch gets to the wood plank. Once that happens, the only way to restore your floors to their initial beauty is a costly professional hardwood floor refinishing job that involves sanding – or removing not only what’s left of the polyurethane layer, but also part of the wood.
The way to avoid such a refinishing project is to make sure your protective layer is always in top shape, so it can properly do its job of protecting your wood planks. You do this by replacing it every few years – that means, with a periodic buff and coat job. Compared with the money, disruption and time involved in a hardwood flooring restoration project, a buff-and-coat treatment is a fast, simple and comparatively affordable solution to the inevitable wear and tear of your floors.
The problem is that most homeowners postpone such a job until they really need to do something about their worn hardwood floors. After all, they tell themselves, why would they throw money to the wind paying for wood floor buff and coat services and tackling something that does not seem like a real problem just yet?
But this is because the damage done to the protective layer is not always obvious. You get used to the tired look of your planks and stop noticing the slow deterioration of your wood floors. And when you do notice it, it may be too late.
Our solution is simple: look for some good wood floor buff and coat professionals and schedule a floor beauty treatment every few years, regardless of the shape you think your hardwood floors are in. Usually, the luster of a new top coat lasts between 3 and 5 years, but high-traffic areas such as entrances or kitchens may require an annual buff and coat rejuvenation. By contrast, rarely used areas such as guest rooms may be able to wait for 10 years before they need to be tackled.
Of course, it all depends on the amount of use and abuse that your hardwood floors take. Regardless of that, consider buff and coat treatments as the periodic facelift your wood floors need in order to keep their youthful look. Your best solution is to ask for the advice of a good professional that can test your floors and let you know what is the best maintenance routine for your specific situation. As one of Tampa’s best hardwood floor restoration companies with an extended area of service in Milwaukee, we can help you with both planning your maintenance schedule and reviving your worn floors.