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Hardwood Floor Screening

Dave45's picture

Hope this is the right place for this question.

A friend has asked me about 'screening' a hardwood floor and I realize that I'm not sure I really know what screening is, when it's appropriate or exactly how it's done.  Anyone care to run through this - or refer me to a good source.


(post #175270, reply #1 of 2)

Screening is a light sanding of the top coat of poly and then the application of a new coat or coats of poly. The sanding is done to rough up the surface so the new poly can grip the surface. Sanding can be done every year or every other year and is done to keep the floor pristine. However, if there is any damage to the floor, ie water marks, high heeled shoes, furniture dents etc, they will not be removed and sometimes can be exaggerated with a new coat of poly. You can't change the color of the wood stain because the poly is not removed. Most floors need refinishing once their owners start paying attention to them because having work done on the floors is so disruptive that most people put it off as long as they can. Sanding can take a day or two, but refinishing can take up to or longer than a week.

Can you tell that my hardwoods were just done about a month ago? :)

(post #175270, reply #2 of 2)

Thank you, mer.  I sorta suspected that was what it was, but I wanted to make sure.  It's often been said of me that I only open my mouth when I change feet. - lol