Is that old wood floor looking tired and beat up? Maybe it seems like your flooring’s best days lie behind it; perhaps you are considering replacing your wood for something a bit less high maintenance. Fortunately, even incredibly worn wood floors can usually be rehabilitated. Not every Los Angeles janitorial service offers floor refinishing, but at Innovative Cleaning Services we pride ourselves on our ability to bring back the shimmer to old, neglected wood floors.
While it is true that wood floors cost a lot to install upfront, it is also true that with the right maintenance, a wood floor can last for decades, making it a value in the long run. And few materials can match the character and timelessness of a well-crafted wood floor. Occasional refinishing will ensure a long life for your wood floor.
The Importance of Upkeep
Especially in high-use and intensive-use areas like gymnasiums, periodic floor refinishing will greatly extend the life of the wood. Moisture is the greatest enemy of your wood floor. As a result, water incursion, whether from floods, leaks, or heavy spills can cause wood boards to warp and/or rot if the wood is exposed to it for any extended period of time. Once boards rot or warp, they must be replaced. With this in mind, ensuring floors receive and maintain a proper finish will increase the floors ability to repel moisture and last.
Restoring your Floor’s Former Glory
If water damage occurs in a localized area, it may be possible to replace only boards in the damaged segment. Yet, it will still be necessary to refinish and restain the entire floor to give it a uniform appearance.
Refinishing the floor entails several steps: first, any loose or damaged boards need to be secured or replaced, as necessary. Generally, the floor will be cleaned to remove surface dust and grime. Next, the floor is sanded. Sanding removes nicks, scratches, and restores levelness to the wood surface. Sanding may entail multiple passes with various grits, depending on the floor and finish quality desired. A gym floor may not need to be as refined as an elegant dining room, for example.
Next workers thoroughly clean the floor a second time to remove dust generated by the sanding, as well as any other foreign materials. Dust, debris, and even hairs create imperfections in the final finish. After the stain dries, the final step involves applying a finish. The finish provides the protective coat that keeps your floor sound and attractive for years. Even with a quality finish, utilizing an Los Angeles janitorial service like Innovative Cleaning Services to perform regular cleanings will remove dirt and grime that scratch and degrade the floor’s finish. A little upkeep goes a long way in extending the life of your floor and maintaining its good looks and extends its lifetime.