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Do you Need your Floor Stripped?

Friday, October 15, 2021
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Any floor looks beautiful and brand new with a fresh finish on it, but over time the shine of your floor’s finish will fade. Foot traffic and dirt will wear down the finish on your floor, leaving it spotty and dull in some areas while still shiny in others. This is not a good look. There are plenty of things that can wear down the finish and make it look old and tired. At this point, it’s safe to say that you need your floor refinished, but you’ll need the old finish stripped off first. This is not a DIY project, as you can damage your floor if you don’t have experience in stripping the finish. Be sure to keep a lookout for these signs that your floor needs its finish stripped and a new one applied.

Scratches and scuff marks

Possibly the clearest sign that your finish is worn down is the presence of blemishes like scratches or scuff marks. At first, a well-applied finish can resist these marks, but over time they will become clear.

Fading from UV light exposure

If you have flooring that’s often in direct sunlight or fluorescent light, then you’ll notice its color fade over the years. If the entire floor surface is exposed to these kinds of light regularly, it’ll be tougher to spot since the color fades gradually. However, if some areas are shaded from the light, they’ll retain their vibrant colors while the exposed areas fade to a much duller hue.

Oxidization

This is a common problem among floor finishes that have been around for a while. As the oxygen in the air reacts with your finish, you’ll start to see more and more of a white powdery substance coming off of the floor. Check any rugs or doormats near your floor to see if the white powder has been picked up by shoes and left on those surfaces.

Discoloration from a low-pH disinfectant

Depending on what industry your building is designed for, you may have to follow some regular disinfecting guidelines. However, if the disinfectant used on your floors has too low of a pH, it could fade and discolor your floor’s finish.

Poor bonding

Another clear and obvious sign that your finish needs to be stripped is if it has started peeling off on its own. This is the result of your finish not properly bonding to the floor when it was installed, and it defeats the purpose of finishing your floor in the first place.

Alcohol erosion

Alcohol from spilled liquor or a hand sanitizing station will damage your floor’s finish if left too long. It can erode away the finish, seeping down to the bare flooring underneath. If it’s left in contact with the bare floor for too long, it will begin to damage that as well.

Burns from cleaning chemicals

Bleach and other harsh chemicals can easily damage your floor’s finish. It will leave a blotchy area where it was spilled, and your floor will be left with a dull spot.

Adams Complete Cleaning & Restoration | Floor stripping & refinishing

Your floor’s finish has served you well for many years, but it’s done all that it can. At Adams Complete Cleaning & Restoration, we can strip off the old finish, including any contaminants, and bring the shine back to your floors with a fresh waxing and a new finish. We’ve refinished floors that have been badly damaged by flooding, so we can handle any refinishing job no matter how involved. Ask us about our floor stripping and waxing service!

To learn more about our process or pricing, please get in touch with us as soon as you can. You can call us at (586) 945-3507 or send in an online contact form and we’ll respond right away. You deserve a floor with a shine you can be proud of, and we can give it to you