Buff and Screen
During a buff and screen, our experienced wood floor technicians lightly abrade the existing finish on the floor, making sure not to abrade too deeply. The idea is to keep as much of the existing finish on the floor, while preparing it to accept a new coat. During a buff and screen, it is customary to apply one or two new coats of finish. A buff and a screening will not take away the character of the floor, and any deep scratches, pitted areas, grayed-out areas, gouges, watermarks, fading marks, and stains that are there will remain present after the process is complete. However, these characteristics will have a few new coats on them to keep them from worsening.
If your floor has extensive wear, if the finish is gone is some places, if there are a lot of deep scratches, if there are areas that have “grayed-out” or if the floor has lost all its natural colors due to UV rays and oxidation, it is time to refinish. Refinishing includes grinding the surface to the bare wood and sealing and finishing the floor. In older wood floors there might be character marks that cannot be removed completely, however, every customer has been extremely pleased with the results achieved by a powerful Bona FlexiSand Power Drive operated by one of our technicians. The transformation that occurs when you refinish your floors is hard to imagine until you actually do it. During the process, it is also possible to stain the floor to the desired color.
Do I need to vacate my home?
Using Bona Systems, consisting of waterborne finishes and dust containment sanding, you actually do not have to vacate the home. These finishes are environmentally safe with low-VOC's, no harmful fumes and fast dry times. You can be back on your floors in no time. Dust-free sanding means that a powerful vacuum motor is connected to all of the sanding equipment, virtually eliminating all the airborne dust generated from the sanding process. Therefore, you don't need to hang any plastic in the home. In addition, Bona Systems are GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality, making them safe for your family and home.
Issues for pets?
The Bona System is safe for your pets. However, it is a good idea to keep pets off the floors during the sand and finish process, until the finish is fully cured, so there is no contamination, dirt or hair in the polyurethane coating of your floor.
How many coats will be applied?
The standard for a hardwood floor is at least three coats. This consists of one seal coat (which may be the stain) and two coats of finish. Additional costs of finish may be applied depending on the need.
When can I walk across the floors again?
A floor finish will be more susceptible to scuffing and scratching until it is fully cured. Your floor can be walked on with stocking feet in 3-4 hours and furniture can be placed back on the floor (not dragged) in 48 hours. Area rugs can be put down in one week when the finish is fully cured.
How much clean-up will be needed?
Clean-up is extremely minimal with the Bona Systems. Since the sanding is dust-free, virtually all the airborne dust generated during the process is eliminated, so there is no wasted time spent hanging and taking down plastic in the home. In addition, everything must be picked up and cleaned before the finishing portion, so you are not left with any mess in your home.