Floor Refinishing: From Hardwood to Laminate, Stone and
Disclaimer: Express Floor Care always recommends
following manufacturer recommendations when considering options
for sealing your floor. Before polishing or refinishing your
floors, your Express Floor Care service technician will thoroughly
discuss your manufacturer recommendations, options and most
Express Floor Care
has the experience, expertise, personnel and
equipment to professionally clean, repair and polish all types
of hard floor surfaces. These include, but are NOT limited to:
such as hardwood (Oak, Mahogany, Lyptus, Ash, Hickory,
Walnut, Maple and Bamboo) and other woods that are less
hard, such as Pine, Cherry (except for the harder Brazilian
Cherry), Spruce, Cedar and Fir (including Douglas-fir).
Most wood floors only need a stain and finish, and do
not require a sealer
Engineered Wood Floors are made up of multiple veneers or different
types of wood running in different directions for strength
and stability, with a higher quality wood used on the top
veneer. Sometimes engineered flooring can be refinished if
the top veneer is thick enough to handle sanding and
Your engineered wood floor is carefully and thoroughly
cleaned with a cleaning solution specifically formulated
for the specific surface then polished.
is composed of fiber board and a melamine resin base with a
top layer that is imprinted with a textured image that looks
like genuine wood.
- Maintenance: We
first do a deep clean of your laminate floor, then buff
it to a high shine.
Porous Stone Floors
such as Limestone, Sandstone, Marble and Travertine
and must be regularly sealed and cleaned because they are
more subject to staining and pitting. Concrete
Floors however offer a wide variety of durable floor
finishes that eliminate the need for sealing. See our
page for more.
Stone Floors such as slate or granite
are stronger, both scratch resistant and water
resistant, and are ideal for heavy traffic areas.
- Stone Floor
Maintenance: While nonporous stone and stone
flooring in low-traffic areas may not need to be sealed,
Express Floor Care recommends using only the fines stone
sealers because they fill spaces between the minerals
and crystals in stone tiles instead of only treating the
surface, so they are more stain- and water-resistant.
- While some
Tile Floors may require a penetrating sealer before
applying grout, those made of porcelain and ceramic
generally do not need to be sealed. All unglazed tiles,
however, particularly dense porcelain or ceramic tile should
be sealed before grouting.
- Tile Floor
Maintenance: Sweep or vacuum to remove sand and
dirt, mop with mild detergent and hot water using a rag
or chamois mop (sponge mops enable dirty water to stain
the grout, and not changing the cleaning solution
frequently can leave a dirty film on the tiles).
Tile (VCT) is a pre-finished flooring tile material
used mostly in institutional and commercial applications due
to its durability when used in high traffic areas.
Occasionally it may be necessary to refinish a floor before
polishing, so it is important to understand the differences
between just cleaning and polishing a floor and refinishing
- VCT Floor
Maintenance: For best results, Express
strips and uses an automated scrubber when cleaning
before allowing the floor to dry before sealing (for a
longer lasting finish), then applying wax and polishing
to a high sheen. The more coats of wax that are applied
and polished, the greater the finished shine of the
is one of the most durable and flexible flooring types when
it comes to design because it can either be pre-cast in
various shapes our poured in place, with the option of using
metal dividers between different colors. Fine marble or
limestone chips are sprinkled on a concrete base to provide
both color and texture, before the floor is rolled, then
ground down to a smooth or slightly textured finish, then
The Difference Between Floor Polishing & Floor Refinishing
While floor polishing and floor refinishing may include
similar processes, considerably more time and effort goes into
refinishing because when polishing a floor that has NOT been
refinished, you are polishing the existing finish of the floor,
whereas refinishing requires that you strip or remove the
existing finish which may require a resealing agent before the
floor can be polished.
Don’t risk damaging your fine floors by using the wrong
chemicals or equipment or skipping steps that otherwise lead to
a longer last shine while adding to the life of your floor!
Contact or call the floor
refinishing pros at Express Floor Care at 608-274-2475
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