Wood Floor Restoration - Polishing is a thing of the past!
Polishing and buffing wooden floors used to be common practice. Whether it be in school corridors, offices or at home, most people will be familiar with the image of a janitor or maintenance worker hard at work with a rotary machine.
Over time this has been phased out, with hardly any workplace setting or professional floor cleaning company still doing it.
There are several reasons why this is the case. The polishes used are emulsion based and are simply mopped on to the floor. The polishes that tend to be used are very soft and easily damaged through general wear and tear. Because of this, they need constant maintenance and more coats adding periodically. Aside from the effort that needs to be put into the upkeep of the wooden flooring, it’s really not cost effective either.
Time, effort and costing aside, there is arguably an even bigger reason why people tend to steer clear of polishing their wooden floors. Over time it starts to look awful! After countless layers the flooring can turn brown and crack, meaning the wood is often barely visible beneath infinite layers of polish. Over time you’d be inadvertently damaging the wood floor rather than maintaining it.
There are ways around this method of restoring and maintaining wooden floors, though. Good practice would be to chemically strip the polish and re apply, but this is often overlooked as the chemicals can be quite nasty and can easily damage a real wood floor. This means that unless you’re experienced in this type of wood floor restoration, it’s likely to be more risk than it’s worth.
As wood floor restoration professionals, we have a much different approach nowadays. If we are working with a client who’s evidently polished their floors previously, we must strip back any previous layers of polish. We do this by sanding the top layers with industry standard machinery, leaving the wood floor exposed. We then apply a high-performance lacquer which will restore the original wood, leaving it looking better than ever.
The lacquer we use comes in various different styles, meaning you’ll always find the finish to suit your interior.
Another benefit of using lacquer, aside from the excellent finish, is the longevity in which it keeps your floor looking amazing. Restoring your wood floor in this way will last you anywhere between 5 and 15 years before you need to re-apply, depending on use. This proves to be much more cost-effective over time as this requires minimal maintenance compared to frequent polishing.
To find out more about our high-quality wood floor restoration services, or if there is anything else we can help you with, please click here. Alternatively, you can speak with our friendly team by calling – tel: 01444 810505