Hardwood Floor Cleaning Process

1.) Inspection

  • Referral will identify the type of wood: Solid, Engineered, or Laminate.  Laminate is very sensitive to moisture and extra caution must be used when cleaning.  Refinisher is not recommended.
  • Existing problems will be noted such as Cracks, Scratches, Indentations, Pet Stains, Nail Holes, and Water Damage.  These conditions won’t be corrected during our cleaning process.  If the floor is worn to bare wood and it is darkened from soil or moisture these blemishes will remain after cleaning.  To remove these problems the wood floor will need replaced or resanded if possible.
  • We will discuss what products have been used to maintain and clean the floor.

2.) Floor Polish Removal

Some cleaners / polishes will leave your floor looking shiny upon initial application, but may cause uneven or unsightly appearance issues over time.  Floor polish is not as durable as urethane coatings and can cause appearance / delamination issues with standard professional urethane coatings.  We will test for acrylic finish or floor polish.   If found, this problematic coating must be removed before cleaning and refinishing.  In rare instances the removal of floor polish may not be possible or may cause adverse appearance issues.  In this case, the floor should be completely sanded and recoated.

3.) Furniture Moving

Furniture will be removed from the hardwood floor area.

4.) Cleaning

Wood - Cleaning A Wood FloorOur deep cleaning solutions aggressively remove household contaminants and dirt.  They are alcohol based which flashes / evaporates quickly to prevent damage to the wood from moisture.

Water and Wood don’t get along well, that’s why our Dirt Dragon machine is especially designed for wood floor cleaning.  A custom brush and high powered vacuum scrub and extract soils from wood floors without damaging the finish.  It has adjustable head pressure and variable water flow so the machine can adapt to the requirements of any wood floor type.   It’s vacuum and squeegee system leaves the floor dry immediately after use.

There is no sanding or dust created from the cleaning process.

5.) Refinish

After cleaning it is recommended to recoat your floor with a professional finish.  Click here to learn more about wood refinishing.

6.) Maintenance Instructions

Review our post cleaning instructions and maintenance care tips to learn how to extend the life of your hardwood flooring.  Purchase a microfiber dust mop and Squeaky Cleaner that can be used daily.

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