Traditional hardwood restoration is a lengthy, messy, smelly process. And it’s expensive, too!
Even high-tech sanders with vacuums attached leave fine sawdust in the air. Traditional polyurethane sealant typically takes 2 to 3 days to dry, rendering the floor unusable to the homeowner for several days.
In fact, homeowners with large wood flooring areas often decide to move out while their floors are being redone, increasing the cost of an already-expensive process.
Polyurethane is also very smelly, emitting an odor that many people are sensitive to. And because it takes so long to dry, special care must be taken to prevent pet hair and other particulates from settling on the still-drying surface. Polyurethane is also problematic to use because it doesn’t self-level, meaning special application methods must be used to prevent applicator lines from showing on the floor.
Some homeowners make the mistake of using floor care products sold in grocery and home improvement stores to try to recreate the lost "glow." While these products do work at first, many homeowners find themselves trying to figure out what to do with the cloudy residue and streakiness they find on their floor after multiple uses. And there's nothing they can do on their own once the sealant is scratched or dirty to get their wood floors clean and shiny again.
Clean Tile and More uses a completely different process to restore and protect your wood flooring investment. There’s no mess and little odor; it’s fast drying, and — best of all — it's about a quarter of the cost of traditional restoration processes. And we can correct your wood product nightmare as well!
Our first step is to thoroughly clean the hard wood surface. We use a non-weighted buffing machine with a polishing pad to agitate the dirt, grime, and sealants then mop up the resulting residue with a microfiber mop. This step prepares the wood surface for sealant application.
Our hardwood sealing product has several advantages over traditional polyurethane. First, only cleaning is required — NO SANDING! It applies easily and quickly and dries in about 30 minutes per coat, greatly reducing the probability of particulates and hair getting trapped in the sealant while it is drying. We find that two coats are usually sufficient for the needs of most homeowners, but additional coats can be applied for a higher level of gloss. Best of all, our entire process runs about a quarter of the price of traditional wood restoration methods!
NOTE: Our process is not appropriate for every floor. Badly damaged, gouged, neglected floors MUST use the sanding method to be restored. We can provide a referral if this is the case for your floor.
Engineered wood can be a beautiful option to get the look of hardwood without as much up-front cost.
The problem is that engineered wood is constructed of thin veneer over multiple thin ply layers of wood glued together. While expensive engineered wood with thicker veneer layers can be sanded and refinished, the process removes the top layer, including 7-10 coats of aluminum oxide finish, reducing not only the thickness of the veneer, but also removing whatever is left of the protective coating.
Since our wood restoration and protection method does not include sanding, we can beautify your engineered wood floor, touching up scratches and other blemishes before providing a high-quality shine. We use the same process for engineered wood as with hardwood, first thoroughly cleaning the floor then laying down our special sealant for a beautiful, easily maintained shine. And the cost is definitely much more reasonable than replacement!
Hand-scraped wood has a beautiful, rustic feel. After a few years, sometimes the luster is gone and all you see are scratches - a little more "rustic" than you may have planned!
So now what? If you bring in a traditional wood restoration company, their only option is to SAND your floors: NOT an option if you're interested in retaining that hand scraped look!
Since our wood restoration and protection method does not include sanding, we can beautify your hand scraped wood floor, touching up scratches and other blemishes before providing a high-quality shine.
We use the same process for hand scraped wood as with hardwood, first thoroughly cleaning the floor then laying down the appropriate number of coats of our sealant based on your needs for a beautiful, easily maintained shine.