A home’s overall appearance is significantly determined by the appearance of the floor. For hardwood floors, its overall appearance can be improved by polishing or buffing it rather than refinishing completely. Floor polishing adds extra beauty, shine and longevity.
Polishing wooden floors removes minor scratches or scuffs, and also gives it an attractive and lustrous shine that lasts for years. The basic process of floor polishing is simple, affordable and is even fun.
Polishing Vs. Refining
Both tasks are similar, but polishing keeps the finish that is on the floor intact—restoring the existing finish, fills in microscopic scratches and evens out the appearance of the floor. Refinishing a hardwood floor completely removes the floor’s existing finish and replaces it.
Equipment for Floor Polishing
To polish a wooden floor, a floor-polishing machine is used. Any obstacle that may be in the path of polishing is removed. Furniture is removed, long window treatments, floor transitions, floor vents etc. All the right tools are brought within reach in the room, including applicator pad or a high-density foam roller.Check the polish pad for general wear and tear. It should be replaced if ripped or caked with polish solution. Floor polishing machines typically spin in a clockwise direction; therefore work from left to right in a smooth, sweeping motion. The unit should not sit in one spot lest it causes a horrid buff-burn.
Wax is Removed
Any wax left behind from previous polishing is removed. Chemicals are used with varying application methods.
Preparation before Polishing
Room belongings are removed to clear the floor spacing. Furniture pads are used to protect the floor from accidental scratches and gouges. The floor is cleaned well, including dusting and mopping. Before polish is applied, the floor is left to dry completely. The polish can be tested individually on a small portion of the floor.
Applying the Polish
The polish is applied in small sections to keep the applicator pad/roller wet. The polish is smoothed along the grain of the wood. A feathering technique is used to avoid uneven polish on the floor. Feathering the polish produces smooth transitions from section to section.
An exit strategy should be established. It should be planned how to split out the floor polishing areas. One person applies polish along the perimeter of the rooms while another person follows closely behind.
Finishing the Job
Once all floor area or space has been polished, about one hour period should be allowed for the floor to dry before any light traffic exposure. After 24 hours is when the floor can be exposed to heavy traffic. Polishing a wooden floor is recommended every few months, but may vary based on how much foot traffic the floor is exposed to.
The period of time polishing takes will depend on the size of the wooden floor. A good polish should provide a protective layer and even out the sheen.
Parquet floor polishng add class and style to homes, so caring for it should be an integral part to keeping them looking good for years to come.