Sometimes All Your Floor Needs Is A Buff And Coat To Shine Like New!
Buffing or Screening
Buffing or screening of wood floors involves scuffing up the top layer of your floors and applying a coating of polyurethane. This means, taking a buffing machine, which is similar to a circular sanding machine and using a fine grit screen to buff the floors. The fine grit (150) loosens the top surface of the floors helping to remove dirt and superficial scratches. The floors are ready for a coating of polyurethane after they are vacuumed and tack ragged (to remove any fine dust).
When Buffing Will Not Work
Buffing or screening will not address deep scratches or stains on your wood floors. A buffing of your floors is not indicated if you have a stain on the floor or scratches that have penetrated below the surface. The buffing process simply adds on a coat of protection to your floors.
The Buffing or Screening will not work on floors that have been waxed or if products containing wax or silicone have been used on the wood floors such as, i.e. Murphy’s oil soap, Endust, Mop and Glow to name a few. Polyurethane cannot adhere properly to the surface of waxed floors.
If your floors are worn down, you have gray patches, or you just want to change the color of your floors then the buffing process is not the correct procedure.
What is the Difference Between a Refinishing and a Buffing
The refinishing process involves using different grits of sand paper to remove any old finish, scratches and/or embedded dirt within the wood floor. This procedure can address any deep scratches on the wood floors. After the hardwood is completely sanded a rotary screening is completed to ensure a smooth surface. The floor is then vacuumed, and tacked (passed over with a dampened towel) to remove any dust, prior to stain or finishing polyurethane being applied. Typical three coatings of polyurethane are applied to the wood floors during the refinishing process.
Buffing for Maintenance
Buffing or screening can help prolong the length of time between full sanding or refinishing of your wood floors. Over time, the top protective layer of finish will wear down. This in turn leaves the wood more vulnerable to scratches and floors can dull. The key is to have your floors buffed and re-coated before they get deep scratches or too worn.
Improve Home Curb Appeal
If you are selling your home having your floors buffed and re-coated will give a great first impression to potential buyers when they enter your home. The added life and luster of your floors is sure to increase your homes appeal and may speed up the sale.
How often Should I Buff My Wood Floors
How often your floors need to be buffed and re-coated depends on how much traffic and use in your rooms. Kitchens that are heavily used may need this procedure every year but often it is every 3 years.