Wood Floor Cleaning and Sealing in Essex
Engineered wood flooring is a popular choice in both old and new properties. It is relatively easy to maintain from new and factory finished flooring is available in a lacquer or oiled finished.
After some time both types of finish will require refreshing in order to maintain the quality of the wood and ensure the appearance remains pleasing to look at.
Lacquered finished wood floors may involve more maintenance as the seal wears. Dependent upon the level of wear the floor may require sanding to remove the entire surface seal and the surface of the wood prior to a new lacquer being applied.
There is another maintenance alternative for lacquered wood floors that have only light wear to the surface lacquer. That is to deep clean the surface by machine and then enhance the previous seal with a coat or two of a new lacquer.
The cleaning process for this type of maintenance is a wet clean, thus avoiding the dusts and mess created by sanding. It should only be carried out by a professional wood floor cleaning service as there is always a danger to the floor if the correct method is not strictly adhered to.
This type of service can save a lot of time, upheaval and costs when compared to the alternative service of wood floor restoration by sanding.
The floor cleaning process commences with a controlled amount of a mixture of chemical and water being laid on the floor. Then with the use of a specialist rotary cleaning machine that has the capacity for adjustment in the weight of the machine, a course nylon pad is fitted to the machine. The pad with the correct weight upon it can both clean the floor surface and also abrade the existing lacquer seal.
The existing seal or lacquer will need to be flattened and abraded in order to provide a key so the new coats of lacquer will adhere to the old.
As the machine operator completes a small section of floor the second part of the process must be applied with immediate effect. This involves the quick removal of the slurry that is left from the cleaning process by a wet vacuum.
The slurry cannot be left upon the surface otherwise there is a real danger that it will be absorbed into the unsealed wood flooring. This can then cause swelling of the wood or joints and in some cases the boards may warp.
Once the surface slurry is recovered the floor surface will require naturalisation. This is achieved by damp mopping the floor over several times to remove any remaining residue from the chemicals and cleaning process.
Another important aspect of the cleaning operation is drying of the wood. The floor requires drying as quick as possible after the damp mopping is complete. This is best achieved with the use of a mechanical drying aid that will assist and speed up the process.
With an oiled wood floor, cleaning and re-oiling can be fairly straightforward providing the soiling or stains haven’t penetrated too deeply into the grain of the wood.
The examples here are before and after cleaning and re-oiling of an oiled finished oak