OTHER SERVICES

SCREEN AND COAT

What is Screen and Coat?


Hardwood floor recoating simply means applying a fresh new coat of polyurethane finish to your floors. Unlike refinishing services, the original finish is not removed in a recoating service.




Why Screen and Coat?


Are your polyurethane finished Hardwood Floors looking a little dull and beat up? Instead of thinking about new flooring options, consider hardwood floor recoating services. At Floors Etc., we offer quality recoating services for your hardwood floors.

People choose to have their hardwood floors recoated for different reasons:

  • Cover normal wear and tear

  • Cover scratches and worn patches

  • Cover over floor that was once carpeted

  • Extend the life of the floor

  • Upgrade the look of a room

  • More affordable than refinishing a floor




The Floors Etc. Screen and Coat Process


  • Floors will be screened (e.g.: very lightly sanded)

  • Floors will be cleaned/vacuumed

  • Floors will be wiped with mineral spirits

  • Polyurethane applied over dried floor

If your hardwood floors need some special attention, contact us!

MyFloors@FloorsEtc.com

(713)880-8888





SAND AND REFINISH

Why Sand and Refinish?


Bring Your Floors Back To Life When years of stains, dents and scratches have left your hardwood floors dull and damaged, hardwood floor refinishing may be the answer. The team at Floors Etc. can sand your floors and carefully refinish them to perfection. Refinishing can remedy everything from discoloration and moisture to scratches and dents. GIVE YOUR FLOORS A FACELIFT WITH OUR EXPERT HARDWOOD FLOOR REFINISHING SERVICES Beyond simply removing damaged areas, hardwood floor refinishing gives you the opportunity to revamp the rooms in your home. During the process, our experts can bring new life to your floors by breathing new life into your current stain color or by changing it completely. The beautiful result will add value to your home and require little maintenance! MyFloors@FloorsEtc.com (713) 880-8888




Sanding and Refinishing - What to Expect


Sanding and refinishing your wood floors will add value and beauty to your home. Floors Etc. wants you to focus on that added value and beauty because, as with any home improvement, this process also comes with some disruption and inconvenience. We will do our best to minimize your disruption by using our vast experience and expertise, the latest equipment and the most environmentally safe materials to complete our work in your home. However, you should be aware of the following factors:

  • There will be noise, dust and some vapors during the sanding and finishing process.
  • Even though we will seal off the work area from other rooms, dust from the sanding process could infiltrate to other areas of the house.
  • Please keep pets and children away from work areas – the machines and materials we use can be very dangerous to tiny people and furry friends.
  • A typical finish job (approximately 1,000 sq. ft.) takes 3-4 days. You may not walk on the floors during this process.
  • Also, although finishes may appear dry, they are not completely cured and will not support replacement of rugs for 7-10 days after the job is completed. You can walk on floor after 24 hours and replace furniture after 48 hours.
  • When the work is completed, you may need to touch-up or repaint your baseboards. Also, be prepared to remove the fine dust that may have accumulated, despite our best efforts to contain it.
  • Our normal work hours are 8:30AM to 5PM.
Maintenance instructions will be provided after your job is completed. Download What to Expect with Sanding and Refinishing (also available at: www.floorsetc.info/SandingAndRefinishingExpectations)




Floors Etc. Responsibilities - For Sand and Finish Jobs


In addition to ensuring that you get a beautiful floor, we also promise to treat your home like it was ours - we take extra care to protect everything - this question comes up most often during our sand and finish process. We always:

  • Hang plastic to adjacent areas, all baseboards, risers, skirt boards &/or pickets are protected with blue tape, return air is covered and AC is turned off.
  • Use a dust containment system for the sanding process of wood floors. This process:
    • Keeps your home much cleaner than alternative methods.
    • Greatly reduces the dust and mess traditionally associated with the process of sanding wood floors.
    • Significantly reduces air-borne dust, but we do not call it “dust free” since it is impossible to remove all dust.
  • Remove and properly dispose of all trash after completing the project ( NOTE: This applies to ALL jobs)




Pre-Sanding Requirements


  • The building should be completely closed in, with outside windows, and doors in place.

  • All other trades should have completed their work, and no other floor traffic should be allowed during the sanding and finishing process.

  • Air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems should be operating at least 7-10 days before Floors Etc. begins working.

  • The temperature and relative humidity should be at @ normal living conditions.

  • Furniture, appliances and old floor coverings should be removed




Sand and Finish Jobs - Dry Time


Dry Time v. Cure Time

Dry Time is when you a finish has dried and cured enough so that you can walk on it so that it will not sustain any damage from carefully walking on it – this is generally considerably less than cure time, and we promise we’ll tell you when it is safe to walk on your new flooring surface once we’ve completed our work.

Cure Time is the time it takes for all the solvents, etc. to evaporate from the finish, for the fumes and smell to stop being released and for it to fully harden, which depends on the type of finish as well as temperature, airflow and humidity levels.

Below are Floors Etc.'s recommended guidelines according to finish type:

Wax Finish / Hardwax Oils
  • Socks: same day
  • Shoes: next day
  • Pets: 2 days
  • Furniture: 1 to 2 days
  • Rugs: 5 days
Oil-Based Polyurethane
  • Socks: 1 day
  • Shoes: 2 days
  • Pets: 10 days
  • Furniture: 7 to 10 days
  • Rugs: 30 days
Water-Based Polyurethane
  • Socks: 1 day
  • Shoes: 2 days
  • Pets: 7 days
  • Furniture: 5 to 7 days
  • Rugs: 14 days





CLEAN AND SPRAY BUFF

Why Clean and Spray Buff


Do you want to quickly spiff up your polyurethane-finished or factory prefinished hardwood floors? Floors Etc. can do that for you in a morning or an afternoon! Our Clean and Spray Buff process works on most hard surface floors, including: Hardwood, Engineered Wood and Laminate Flooring.

  • Benefits:

    • Deep clean your floors

    • Eliminate scuffs

    • Lengthen the life of your flooring




The Floors Etc. Clean and Spray Buff Process


This is a a deep clean process for your floor, “exfoliating” the top layer of the floor to reveal its original glossy (or matte) beauty and shine. Floors Etc.'s professional equipment and products safely and aggressively clean and extract dirt, dust, soil, and built-up residue – leaving your floor clean and and prefessionally finished.




Recommended Clean and Spray Buff Schedule


Floors Etc. highly recommends establishing and maintaining a regular floor buffing schedule for your hardwood floors.

  • For residential spaces, we recommend cleaning and spray buffing as needed (once or twice a year) – especially in high traffic areas
  • For commercial spaces, we recommend this more frequently as the traffic tends to be heavier and more frequent by nature.

If your hardwood floors need some special attention, contact us!

MyFloors@FloorsEtc.com

(713)880-8888





CLEAN AND WAX

Why Clean and Wax?


Professional wood floor cleaning is a necessity in the longevity of your hardwood floors. Unlike your regular sweeping and spot cleaning, a professional hardwood floor cleaning gets into the grain and removes dirt and particles that are damaging the wood. Children and/or pets at play, those fantastic designer heels, and even sand particles from the street slowly break down your floor’s protective surface, wrecking its beautiful finish. With a professional cleaning, the wood is given new life and the luster you love is restored.

Having your wax finished hardwood floors professionally deep cleaned, waxed, and polished on a regular basis will not only make them last longer, but they will look great for many years to come.

When choosing a professional company to treat your wood floors, it is essential to choose a trustworthy and high-quality company – Floors Etc. is that company. Serving Houston since 1992, Floors Etc. provides the experience and expertise you can rely on. – which is why we remain one of Houston’s leading hardwood floor companies year after year.

What Sets Floors Etc. Apart When It Comes to Hardwood Floor Cleaning?

  • Our commitment to quality and precise attention to detail

  • Our professional cleaning solutions are the best in the business and will safely clean your floors with no damage.

  • Our employees have the knowledge, experience and tools needed to get your hardwood floor cleaning and maintenance services completed the right way and in a timely manner.

We take great pride in making your floors shine –

our excellent reputation has been built on our integrity and outstanding results.




Floors Etc. Clean and Wax Process


Assess

Floors Etc. will meet with you at your home to provide full and custom evaluation of your floors. This will include letting you know of any problem areas, types of hardwoods you have, and if they can be waxed

NOTE: Some Hardwoods have a polyurethane finish and can’t be waxed – if this is your case, we offer Clean and Spray Buff services for hardwood floors with a polyurethane finish.

Clean

A general cleaning will be applied to lift surface dirt, and dust to help prepare the hardwood floor for waxing.

To get maximum cleaning and shine, this step is a must!

Wax

Our floor wax is a highly effective product applied with an applicator pad thoroughly with our high-speed buffers for maximum penetration.

Cure

A 15-minute dwell time is needed for floor curing and hazing. This step will greatly enhance the longevity of your hardwood floors by protecting them and improving the quality of future cleanings.

Buff

Floors are then buffed again with soft pads to a glowing shine, restoring that warm look and elegant feel to your home’s hardwood floors once again!

“Not only does Floors Etc. clean and finish your hardwood floors,

we also notice those little imperfections and work hard to make them less noticeable.”

Tracy Burnett – General Manager




Recommended Clean and Wax Schedule


Floors Etc. highly recommends establishing and maintaining a regular clean and wax schedule for your hardwood floors. We recommend cleaning and waxing as needed ( once or twice a year) – especially in high traffic areas.

Benefits of having your hardwood floors waxed and buffed on a regular basis:

  • Increases resistance to stains
  • Minimizes minor scratches and imperfections
  • Preserves underlying finishes
  • Extends the life of the floor
  • Uplifts the look of a room
  • More affordable than refinishing a floor

If your hardwood floors need some special attention, contact us!

MyFloors@FloorsEtc.com

(713)880-8888





REPAIRS

Hardwood Floors Repairs


Wood floors are one of the most beautiful features in any home, but they can also be quite the eyesore if they become damaged or are not properly maintained. Whether you’re paying out of pocket, or through an insurance claim, our flooring experts are ready to help you with anything from water damage to cracked, uneven or missing boards to a floor that has been chewed up by your four-legged best friend (it happens!). We’re often relied on by top builders and interior designers, who trust our expertise in hardwood floor repair and restoration.

Life happens, and over the years of owning a hardwood floor, many things can happen to it. People often seem to think that if their floors are significantly damaged that their only option is to replace them…a costly option compared to repair work. Before you give up on your existing floors, let Floors Etc. come assess the shape of your flooring and educate you on all of your options so you can make a sound flooring decision. We save our clients money all the time by repairing their damaged areas while preserving the rest of their floor. Give us a call, and let us make a trained assessment of your damaged hardwood floor – if we can repair it instead of replacing it, we’ll tell you!

Disclaimer: If the problem is serious and affects a large portion of the floor, then the entire floor may need to be restored or replaced.

Floors Etc. Pro Tip

Every situation is different, but the first step in hardwood flooring repairs is always to make sure that the source of the problem is identified and corrected.

Water leakage, excessive heat, renovations, or other situations in your home can cause damage to your floor. Here are some signs that your hardwood floor could need some repairs:

  • Cracked or split wood

  • Gaps between planks

  • Loose planks

  • Buckled floor

  • Warped or sagging floor

  • Washboarding – AKA cupped floor

    • Edges of a board are higher than its center

  • Crowning

  • Scratches, marks, and/or stains on the wood surface

  • Squeaky floor

  • Missing boards

If you notice any of these or any other clear signs of damage, it’s time to call us for a professional consultation to determine the problem and map out a solution that preserves the value of your hardwood flooring investment. We’ve honed our craft and have many techniques in our tool belt that will restore your floors back to their original beauty. We can match any species of wood, any stain, color or pattern your floor holds. Our experienced craftsmen will isolate the repair to the damaged area, replace and/or repair it and finally blend everything in to make it almost impossible to find the previously damaged areas. Depending on what condition your wood floors are in, we’ll recommend a combination of repairs that may include:

  • Sanding

  • Refinishing

  • Filling Gouges with Wood Putty

  • Replacing Planks and Boards

  • Waxing and Buffing

  • Screening and Coating

If your floors can be restored to their original beauty without replacing them,

Floors Etc. is your very best bet on making that happen.” – Danny Krienke, VP

MyFloors@FloorsEtc.com

713-880-8888




Water Damage on Hardwood Floors


Time is of the essence when you have water damage to wooden floors in your home. When water damage is present in your wood floors, your response in the 24 hours (or less) are the most critical to avoiding long-term damage. Even minor spills should be cleaned up right away using an absorbent towel or some paper towels. If your spill is overwhelming or in any way destructive, or you’ve experienced a flood in your home, call a hardwood floor expert—like Floors Etc.!

Warning Signs of Water Damage to Hardwood Floors

Water damage in hardwood floors can sometimes go undetected. When you notice that there may be something off about your hardwood floor, damage has already been done. If you notice any of the following warning signs, you may have delayed water damage to your hardwood floors:

  • Your wood floors begin to show physical damage (cupping, buckling, warping, etc.)

  • The finish on your hardwood floors shows stains or spots where water has gotten into the wood

    • Especially if stains are dark or black

  • Your hardwood floors feel damp

  • You notice mold growth on your hardwood floors

Unfortunately, by the time a homeowner calls us for help about water damage to their hardwood floors, the problem will almost always require refinishing and/or the replacement of some – or all – of the damaged wood.” -Sandra Burnett – Floors Etc., President

MyFloors@FloorsEtc.com

(713) 880-8888




Carpet Stretching


Nobody likes a lumpy carpet – it’s not pretty, and it’s not comfortable. Heavy furniture, lots of foot traffic, spills and wet accidents, and over-wetting are among of the major causes of carpet wrinkling or rippling. If your carpets are bunching up in areas or if you are seeing some bumps or folds appearing, this does not necessarily have to be the end of your carpet’s lifespan. Floors Etc. will power stretch your carpet, trimming off any excess created in the process, thereby restoring your carpet to its original smoothness. This service will most often go a long way to re-creating a new feel to your carpeted flooring at a fraction of the cost to replacing it. Not only will this service vastly improve the look of your existing carpet, it will also remove any existing tripping hazards caused by the ripples / wrinkles / buckles. Give us a call for a carpet stretching estimate– chances are, we can help make your carpet look crisp and fresh again.





Reviews...

Very Professional and always willing to go the extra mile to help out a client. I have used them twice. Once to install new carpet and this past July to refinish some hardwood stairs. They are considerate of your time, their product is top quality and their price is fair. I will use them again when needed.

Very Professional

I had a great experience with Floors Etcetera. They refinished my floors, and they did an excellent job—double excellent. I'd recommend them to anybody. It was A-quality work.

Great Experience

I had an absolutely positive experience with them. I would say Floors Etcetera is A+. I've already recommended them.

Already recommended them

It was pretty much effortless for us. They brought samples, measured, and laid 1,500 square feet of carpet. They're an A.

They're an A

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