Flooring is one of the biggest investments you are likely to make in your home aside from renovations and kitchen or bathroom upgrades. Your residential floors endure heavy traffic and are often at risk for scratching and chipping. Restoring your stone floor ensures its longevity as well as preserves its aesthetic value. Determining if your floor requires residential floor restoration largely depends on your flooring stone, style, and regular maintenance regimes.
Restoring your stone flooring with our unique Everlast Floor System reduces maintenance cost by up to 75 percent, protects and ensures a shine that lasts 3 to 5 times longer than factory finishes, and permanently hardens and supports your marble and stone floor. It is also stain and scratch resistant. Determining the best time to begin residential floor restoration is based on a variety of factors such as finish, traffic, and stone type.
When to Consider Restoring Your Stone Floors
Dull stone flooring has a negative impact on the overall value of your home and often gives your living spaces an unattractive appearance. Opting for stone restoration gives your floor a simple and quick facelift. Through applied products, buffing, and sealing your floor restoration not only gives floors a like new reflective shine but also helps it endure heavy traffic, pets, and children.
The first step in determining if your residential floor is up for restoration is to check it thoroughly. First look for loose tiles, prominent cracks or chips, or crumbling grout. Honing is the process of buffing out cosmetic scratches or surface cracks. Determine if honing is adequate to polish your floors by touching the cracks. If the cracks are uneven or raised your stone tile is cracked throughout out and honing is not adequate as those tiles need to replaced.
The next step is to determine if your cleaning solutions are causing your stone floors to have a residue or film that maybe be affecting its reflective finish. Begin by wiping your floors with a soft damp cloth. If your floors still appear to have residue, dirt, and grime wet the cloth and wipe your floors with a mild, damp soapy cloth using a light dishwashing detergent to cut grease often caused by the oils in our feet and outdoor grime. Once you wipe your floors with the mild soap detergent cloth simply dry with a soft cloth and polish your floor for a shine. If your floors still fail to shine contact one our residential floor restoration specialists to determine your next steps.
Hardwood Floor Restoration at a Glance
Hardwood floors require restoration when you begin to notice splintering, separation, warping, or bubbling. Buffing is the easiest and most convenient first step to hardwood floor restoration. It is simply the process of removing the top finish of your wood flooring. Once removed a coat of urethane is applied to give it a shine and protect it from water damage. The urethane also ensures your floors hold up to heavy traffic and are scratch resistant. Plan for being away from your residence for up to 72 hours to allow floors to dry completely. Buffing is a sound alternative to sanding.
Sanding requires the removal of up to 2 to 3 layers of your wood flooring. Sanding is the recommended choice if your floors have endured heavy traffic for years without regular maintenance. Heavy traffic over time reduces the finish of your hardwood floors and thus make it susceptible to water damage. Water damage can cause a variety of issues for your hardwoods including mold, crumbling, and possibly splintering. Sanding requires that your floors be at least ¾” in thickness. Most hardwood floors may be sanded and restored at least 7 to 8 times once installed.