The Causes and Cures for Cloudy Floor Finishes and Chipping of Hard Wood Floors

The Causes and Cures for Cloudy Floor Finishes and Chipping of Hard Wood Floors

Royal Wood Floors continues to cover hard wood floor problems and cures so that Milwaukee home owners can keep their hard wood floors beautiful – Series 9

Royal Wood Floors specializes in hard wood floor refinishing and installing hard wood floors in the greater Milwaukee area and has been highly successful for over 15 years. “After servicing or installing a new floor, we make a point of providing the following as a special series of tips for every customer in order to ensure that their floors are protected and provide that stunning hard wood beauty for as long as possible”, says Keith Allman who owns Royal Wood Floors. He continues to say, “there are a variety of problems that can affect the beauty and life of hard wood floors and once these are isolated they can be handled properly so that the hard wood lasts for years the way it should”. Different types of hard wood floor damage can often times be dealt with through hard wood floor restorations. It is important that residents be educated on it. In this article we want to discuss problems such as Chipping and a Cloudy Finish to better educate the homeowners that want to keep their hard wood floors beautiful and long lasting.


hard-wood-floor-chippingThis is simply where the dried finish separates from the surface in the form of flakes or chips. The cause of this is applying a less elastic finish on top of a more elastic one. This is also caused by an improper adhesion between coats. This is also caused by spot contamination. Sometimes this can be caused by an insufficient or incomplete abrasion between finish coats. When it comes to factory finished products, edge chips may be caused by rough handling, hitting edges with finishing tools or an excessive finish on the edges of the strips.

If the chipping is an isolated area, a simple spot repair may be possible. When the chipping is wide-spread, a sand and refinish may be necessary in order to fix the problem. For factory finished boards, individual board replacement is always an option. “Our team always inspects the boards when putting down engineered products so that the customer gets the best results possible”, says Allman.

Cloudy Finish

hard-wood-floor-milky-finishThis is when the floor finish looks cloudy or milky. This is caused by applying a finish layer over a coat that isn’t dry enough to be re-coated. This can also happen when applying a waterborne finish during very high relative humidity or over a floor that is too cold to be coated. Applying an oil/solvent based during very high relative humidity, causing condensation on the surface of the drying coating will also be a cause for this problem. Doing this will leave a dull appearing finish once the finish is dry. This is also called “Blushing”. The cure for this problem is to abrade/screen and recoat, being sure to increase the dry time between coats. You should check with a damp rag before abrading/re-applying the finish to make sure that the cloudiness has disappeared. If the finish appears clear when it is dampened with water or a solvent, the problem can be fixed with an abrade/screen and recoat (the cloudy or milky appearance will appear again when the spot dries). Be sure to do this when the application conditions are favorable. However, when the cloudy or whitish appearance does not disappear upon wetting, then the problem is throughout the coating film and you will have to remove the existing finish and the application of a new finish will be required to get the result you want.

“The best way to prevent problems is to always do the research first or seek professional help. Then problems such as the ones described here can be prevented,” says Allman.
For more information about this experienced and professional hardwood floor restoration and new installation company, or to schedule repairs by these wood floor refinishing contractors, or learn about custom wood styles or the company’s inlay and medallion installation services, phone Keith Allman at 727-267-2617.

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The company provides top craftsmanship and cares for many types of custom and domestic wood. Visit the company’s website for examples of previous work.

Read more in this series of hard wood floor Problem Causes and Cures HERE