What folks often ask us.
What is the difference between The Clean Team Refinish Light™ restoration process and a complete refinish?
The Clean Team Refinish Light™ wood floor restoration process yields many of the same results as a complete refinish, but with much less disruption and at a substantially lower cost. The Clean Team Refinish Light™ process requires no sanding, so there is no dust generated. Because the floor is not being totally restained, there is little, to no odor, and finally, the homeowner can be back on the floor in stocking feet in about 3 hours after application of the finish.
So you get most of the benefit of a full refinish for about a third to one half the price!
What doesn’t your process do that a full refinish will?
So how does it work?
Until the introduction of this process, it was difficult to get new finish to consistently adhere to the old, existing wood floor finish without physically sanding the floor. Without sanding, contaminants in and on the existing finish could cause the new finish to “fail”, resulting in bubbling, peeling or flaking, usually within weeks of application.
In our three-step Refinish Light process:
1. We apply a proprietary liquid abrasive/remover to the wood that is worked in with a special rotary machine and pad. This loosens any dirt and contaminants that may be on or in the existing finish, all without sanding, so no dust is created.
2. We then rinse away the loosened dirt and contaminants using a special extraction machine designed specifically for this process. The floor is then wiped dry several times to ensure there is no foreign material of any kind remaining on the floor.
3. Finally, we apply two coats of new, protective finish composed of a polyurethane/acrylic blend. This finish will give your floor durable protection for years to come.
What if I have a worn spot where the color is gone?
What should I do to prepare for the work?
The areas being cleaned and restored need to be picked up and clear of incidentals like books, toys and plants. If you are moving the furniture, it will need to be cleared from the affected rooms before we arrive. The fan for the furnace or air conditioner will need to be turned off. This prevents dust from being blown onto the wet finish. The fan can be restarted three hours after completion of the finish application. Close all windows and exterior doors so that dust can’t blow onto newly recoated surfaces. Arrangements to keep pets controlled for the duration of the work should be made, either in an area away from where the work is occurring or completely out of the home.
Do the kitchen appliances and very heavy furniture like hutches and entertainment centers have to be moved?
No! Unlike a full refinish, where all the wood must be sanded down and restained in order to match, our system is restoring the protective finish only and, as a result, we do not need access to the wood under the appliances and very heavy furniture. We can work up to and around these by hand. Also, we do not move pianos, organs, clocks or electronics of any kind.
Is it safe for my pets?
Do I have to leave the house while you are working?
Do I have to worry that my baseboards will be scuffed or damaged?
When can I be back on the floor?
You can normally get back on the floor in stocking feet within three to four hours.
As early as the next day (24 hours) furniture may be replaced on the finish (longer is better). When replacing the furniture it is best to lift and place it on the floor and not drag it across the finish. Placing felt pads on the bottoms of furniture legs will minimize scratches and dents. (We keep a drawer full of these in the kitchen at our house so when they wear out or pop off replacements are easily accessible.)
Normal foot traffic can also resume after 24 hours.
Animals with nails should be kept off the floor for at least 24 hours with three days being ideal.
Area rugs may be placed on the floor after four days.
Is the floor very slick after it dries?
How should I maintain the floor after The Clean Team restoration?
The floors may be maintained just as you would a fully refinished wood floor. We recommend the use of Bona Wood Floor Cleaner. This is best applied with a spray bottle and a slightly damp microfiber applicator followed by a dry or slightly damp microfiber cloth or pad. The use of a dry cloth for removal will help avoid streaking.*
While vinegar and water are a mainstay for many home owners, when it comes to cleaning wood it is not the best cleaner or good for the finish. Vinegar is a mild acid and over time can etch the finish and cause it to dull and cloud.
We do not recommend the use of polishes, waxes, rejuvenators or oil soaps on the floor. These can cause build up that may dull the finish and many are difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
For long lasting results, once a year the floor should be professionally deep cleaned. This involves special equipment and cleaners that remove the ground-in dirt that basic microfiber cloth cleaning will not. The Clean Team performs this type of cleaning on thousands of square feet every year and the cost is about the same as a good carpet cleaning.
*Note: The floors should not be cleaned with anything for the first seven days after the new finish is applied.