Screening Wood Floors

Screening Wood Floors

The screening technique for wooden floors rejuvenates the existing finish without the need for a complete refinishing, saving both time and money. This method is ideal for floors that have lost their luster but are not heavily damaged. It can also address minor scratches as long as the wood itself is untouched. During this process, the current finish is cleaned using a mesh screen attached to a rotary polishing tool, creating a surface ready for a new finish layer. The new finish must seamlessly blend with the old one to adhere properly. If you decide to undertake this task yourself, it’s advisable to consult a wood-flooring expert to choose the most suitable polyurethane for your floor.

Screening is often called buffing, since the screening is done with a buffer. Screening both smooths the floors a bit, and the abrasive action allows the polyurethane to adhere to the surface better. The screen and recoat process can restore the glow of the floors and give them a refreshed look


screening wood floors


So, every few years, well before the protective coat has grown too thin, you refresh it with another coat. The crucial word is “before;” you have to recoat a floor before you see damage, which is hard for some people because they think they’re leaving money on the table by top-coating what appears to be a perfectly good floor finish.

But polyurethane on floors is kind of like sunscreen on skin: not only do you need to put on a good thick layer before you expose it to the sun; you must re-apply it periodically because it wears off. Once sunburn begins to appear, it is too late to start applying protection. Protection is always less costly than the damage that results from not having it.