Screen Coat Hardwood Flooring Chicago
A hardwood flooring screen and recoat is one of the best-kept secrets in the hardwood flooring business. However, it shouldn't be so simply because it saves you money, labor and time in the long run.
The difference between refinishing or restoring hardwood floors and screening and recoating them is quite simple if you ask the right professional. It also depends on how used and abused your floor is, with a heavy used floor having a shorter life with that perfect floor finish.
Here are some steps you can follow if you want to screen and recoat hardwood flooring yourself:
Make sure you remove anything that won’t screen out or could damage the screen such as staples, nails, loose boards. Then, scrape down drywall compound or paint splatter.
Vacuum floor and damp mop with a mixture of one cup vinegar to one gallon water. Let the floor dry thoroughly.
Use your favorite method to lightly abrade the top layer of finish and sand around the perimeter of the room by hand with a 120 grit screen. Alternatively, on large surfaces you can use a buffer.
Vacuum the floor thoroughly and then tack with a clean rag lightly dampened with the appropriate solvent.
Apply your finish according to manufacturer’s instructions and allow the finish to dry at least 24 hours before allowing foot traffic or replacing furniture.
As a rule, you should start looking for signs of wear and tear about three years after your hardwood floors were installed or last sanded and finished. Depending on the circumstances, visible scratches under chairs, in the hallway, or in the kitchen are tell-all signs that you need to screen and recoat your hardwood floor. Give us a call and we will be happy to take care of your hardwood floor needs!