WornWoodMagic process FAQ:
Frequently Asked Questions about WornWoodMagic and hardwood floor refinishing Atlanta
Is it real? I want to do the very best thing for my floor, and I’ve been told that sanding and refinishing is the only way to go, that everything else is just stop-gap measures. How can your process be a real solution for me?
OK, let’s boil things down to the basics and look at things step-by-step:
1. You’ve got a floor that is great shape in most places, but is really worn down in others, worn down through the finish, the stain, all the way down to the raw wood, and now it has gotten really stained and dirty in the worn areas.
Sanding companies are saying that a floor in this condition has to be sanded – and you know what, they are right – IF you don’t have any alternatives!
WornWoodMagic is an alternative for you, and here’s why:
We lightly sand and recoat all of your floor (this is known in the industry as “screen and recoat”) but with WornWoodMagic your floor is also chemically stripped to remove all impurities on the surface AND the stained, dirty areas What WornWoodMagic gets OUT! , your worn areas of the floor are stripped to remove the dirt, bleached to remove the stains,
then a custom stain color
is made for the worn areas!
So, now you have a floor that is extremely clean and is even in color again, and it is ready for the topcoat.
The floor is ready, willing and able now to accept and bond with the professional quality waterbase urethane topcoats that we use to make your floor beautiful, practical and easy to maintain.
Aren’t there some things that WornWoodMagic can’t fix?
WornWoodMagic is appropriate for many, many floors that we do wood floor refinishing in Atlanta for, but yes – there are some cases where the floors need to be sanded instead, and here they are:
1. If the floor has been painted, or has a tremendous amount of paint drips on it
2. If you want to change the basic color of the floor
3. If the floor has a layer of polyurethane that is peeling and flaking
4. Tremendous amount of physical damage to the wood due to construction, deep dog scratches,
similar physical scars to the wood
5. If the floor has unacceptable color differences due to where rugs have been
6. There’s a situation where you are trying to match up old wood with brand new installed wood
7. There’s areas of the floor that need to be replaced (see above)
8. There’s animal urine spots that can’t be lived with philosophically (character marks 🙂
9. If the wood is roughly sanded or has a poor sanding job that you want to fix
10. If the floor is a prefinished floor (sanding isn’t appropriate for these floors either, usually)
11. If there’s 20 years of pastewax buildup on the floors (believe me there is such a thing!)
12. If the wood floor is just not flat enough – due to water damage, swelling, settling, etc.
So there you have it – WornWoodMagic is great on lots of floors and we can do amazing things without sanding that other companies just can’t do, but some floors are just not ready for the WornWoodMagic system.
What do I do about dark spots on my floor?
In general, light spots are a lot easier to fix on wood floors than dark spots.
Do you know what caused the dark spot?
Spots from water damage (such as from overwatering potted plants) are a little easier to deal with than spots from animal urine.
In either case, with a dark spot on a wood floor you have it darkest in the middle and it fades lighter and lighter the further you go from the center.
The larger and darker the spot is, the bigger the stain that will remain, even if it is sanded all the way down to the bare wood.
Here’s some tips to prevent dark spots:
1. Don’t put potted plants directly on the floor
– use pots that are raised at least a few inches from the wood.
2. If you have animals, it is usually obvious when there’s an “accident” on the floor, and you’ll want to get it up as soon as you can.
If you have carpet with wood floor underneath and the animal has a favorite spot for “going”, then there could be considerable damage being done to your wood floor without you knowing it
– better peel that rug back and take a look.
Is it possible that there is mold in my floor?
Wood is an organic material, and as such can be eaten by insects, can rot, and so forth, but mold and mildew require a very moist environment to grow
– when you see black spots on a floor they are most often a form of water damage
– for some reason water has condensed there and formed a spot.
This happens quite often under legs of furniture, especially when the air conditioning is run a lot in the summertime, because cool air condenses under the legs of the furniture, and causes a water spot.
The worst of all for doing this is potted plants sitting directly on the wood floor – you must use a pot that gets it off the wood floor at least an inch or so – using something with some kind of legs does the trick.
If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!