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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Troubleshooting Hardwood Floor Finishes (Part 1)

I have decided to do a several part series of posts on troubleshooting hardwood floor finishes.  Although many finish issues can result with the finish, many times the underlined cause is not due to a finish problem.  In each post in this series I will discuss a problem and solutions to those problems.  I am fully aware that SOME issues arise due to product or contractor problems; however, I am going to limit causes to the most likely.

Problem: Excessive and Early Finish Wear

The most likely culprit to excessive wear is improper floor system maintenance that does not effectively remove grit from the floor, or using strong cleaners and water.  Unprotected furniture legs are also a big contributor.  Proper, regular maintenance consists of an approved hardwood floor cleaner and an approved mop cover.  Simple, but important.  Another simple way to minimize your heart ache… Felt pads on the bottom of all furniture legs and appliances.

What is the fix to early or excessive wear?  Unfortunately it is a re-coat.  You should contact your local wood flooring professional and get it scheduled.  The longer that you let excessive wear go, the closer you are getting to a full blown refinish!

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