A maintenance coat means adding an extra layer of finish to your hardwood or engineered floor. This process is a quick, cheap, and incredibly impactful way to maintain your floors and have them looking like new again in no time!
This is a great way to fix up your house for resale or in between renters. Many dog owners will use this technique to keep their floors from looking scratched or weathered.
Maintenance coats are an essential part of making sure your floor lasts a lifetime. Regardless of how much or little the floor is used, eventually, the original finish starts to wear away and exposes raw wood. Once the floor reaches this stage, its too late. The whole floor will need a full re-sand if you wait until this happens. Maintenance coats are usually a one-day process, After the final coat it should be dry and ready to be walked on again with 3-4 hours!
Maintenance coasts are approximately three times cheaper than a full re-sand, making it an excellent option to quickly freshen up old floors.
On pre-finished or engineered floors, we cannot do a light sand creating scratches on the floor for the coating to cling to, so instead we will do what is called a chemical wash. This process will allow is to re-coat the flooring without sanding.
At Bull Tough Flooring we have experience working with every type of wood and style of flooring. A few of the most common products we work with include:
Loba is our flagship product, a German based company with more than 98 years of experience making high-quality hardwood flooring finishes. This range of water-based products is guaranteed to bring the best out of your floor while protecting it. There are dozens of products specifically designed to react differently with your floor giving you a wide range of options to choose from for the look and feel you’re after.
- It will take five days for your floor to fully cure; take extra caution during this time.
- Do not place rugs/mats down for the first 30 days in areas with direct sunlight.
- Keep curtains and blinds closed as much as possible.
- Occasionally move floor items to help avoid discolouration marks from sun bleaching.
- Put new felt pads on the feet of floor items.
- DO NOT drag or slide anything across the floor (including knee pads); use a rubber wheel dolly or our “air slider” when appropriate.
- Clean loose dirt daily using soft microfibre. If vacuuming, use a hardwood floor attachment to avoid unwanted scratches.
- Only use Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
- NEVER use a steam mop on your hardwood.
It’s a fact: dogs scratch hardwood. The goal is to minimize the damage. Here are a few ideas:
- Try to keep dogs from running on your hardwood
- Keep their claws trimmed
- Clean dirt from paws when bringing dogs inside
- Restrict where dogs can roam in the house
- Make sure dogs are fully house trained before allowing them to freely roam
- Keep your humidity between 32%-36% and temperature between 18-22 oC to avoid seasonal gapping.
- Clean off snow/dirt from front entries.
SPILLS & DAMAGES
- Promptly clean spills using a paper towel to absorb liquid. Then wipe with a clean, damp cloth and follow up with Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
- Most minor scratches or unsightly marks can be fixed with relative ease.
- Only use low tack tape (and only for a few hours) to avoid lifting off the finish.
- Add an extra coat or two of finish to your floor when required (~ every 3-5 years)
- Expect minor imperfections. If necessary, an independent flooring inspector can verify whether the floor passes National Hardwood Flooring Association standards. (Customers will be liable for any costs involved if the floor passes.)