Answers to Some of Your Hardwood Floor Refinishing FAQs in Winnipeg

What exactly does Eco Forest Flooring do?

Eco Forest Flooring primarily refinishes and restores hardwood floor, using a specialized high speed floor machine, an assortment of different abrasive pads, and a non-toxic wet solution to prepare your floor for finishing. We then seal your floor with top quality brands of sealer and top coats. We also install new flooring of your choice, laminate, hardwood or bamboo.

How long can I expect it to take?

There are a few factors that influence the amount of time we spend. Moving and replacing your furniture, the number of rooms we will be servicing, how high the humidity is, and what types of finishes are used will all add time to the curing process. But generally speaking, we can be in and out of your home or business in eight hours to 24 hours. For a more specific time, just give us a call! We'll be more than happy to discuss the details of your floors with you!

What kind of finish do you use?

Eco Forest Flooring uses several different types of finishes depending on your needs, from top notch commercial products which are more oil based to certified green water based products.

How long does it last?

We guarantee that our finish will adhere to your floor. We have a one-year warranty that our finish will not peel, crack, chip, or turn yellow! There are many variables that go into determining durability, but with proper care, a floor finished by Eco Forest Flooring will last for many years.

My floor has different shades. Can you blend these?

Yes! Eco Forest Flooring has an unlimited palette that can be mixed to achieve just about any tone. We often add colour to the floor for blending purposes.

Can you refinish waxed floors?

Yes! Eco Forest Flooring will remove the wax so that we can properly seal the floors. The great thing about wax is that it really does protect the floor, and so in most cases, we end up with a floor that is nearly new—even if it is many years old. The bad thing about wax is that as it breaks down, it holds onto the dirt rather than to repel it. Once the wax is removed, new and dramatic colour can be seen!

I've used an acrylic product I bought online. Can you still refinish my floors?

Yes! We can remove any of the online or over the counter inexpensive floor finishes that are on the market, even if they are chipping or uneven. Be sure to tell us what you used and we will know how to take care of your floor!

I have paint splatters and spills on the floor. Can the paint be removed?

Yes! We have come across many floors that have paint drips and splatters, some literally covered in paint. Our proprietary process will remove most and, in some cases, all of the paint. We always try our very best not to allow anything to remain on the floor surface before we seal it.

I want to remove my carpet myself, any suggestions?

Pulling up the carpets is a lot of work! But here is a quick guide on how to do this:

  • Cut a section at a time with a carpet knife (without cutting into the floor).
  • Roll that section up, and then pull up that section of padding.
  • Use pliers (almost any kind will do, but some are easier on the hands than others) to remove the staples that held down the pad. Pull them straight up so that you will leave the smallest mark in the floor. If they are tight to the floor, tap a small screwdriver under them just enough to use the pliers.
  • Use a pry bar to pull up the tack board that runs around the room. Those nails are sharp, so be careful! Remove left-behind nails with a hammer claw or pry bar.
  • During our service for preparation of the floors following carpet removal, we will fill any holes that are noticeable. We also offer quarter round and shoe moulding installation. Eco Forest Flooring will custom cut, stain, and finish the quarter round to bring together your floor and the wall in a spectacular fashion! We also can move your furniture and pull your carpets up for you!

How durable is the finish?

The finishes that we use have been tested for durability under multiple tests and are considered all of the top products on the market today. Together we will determine what finish will work best in your home or business depending on traffic, pets, etc.

Can Eco Forest Flooring get rid of pet stains?

Pet stains are common problems we see. These dark, black marks often go all the way through so if the board is turned over, the stain will still be there. Whether you use our service or sand these stains, they normally won’t come out. The industry standard in this case is to recommend board replacement, unless you can hide the damaged sections of the floor with furniture or an area rug. In those cases, we will just proceed with our service. If you’d like board replacement, we have master carpenters on staff to handle that for you.

More on pet stains: Pet urine forms bacteria within 24 hours. The bacterium eats through the urethane and into the board, and continues on through the board until it turns dark and is ruined. We also offer adding colour to the floor to hide the damage.

Can I change the colour of my floor?

Yes! If you have a floor that is rich in patina, we always recommend that you allow our finish to bring out the natural colour and tone of the floor. The colour is in the wood and it is brought out by the finish. If the floor is not the tone you would like to see, we can provide many samples for you to test directly on a sanded and prepared test strip directly on your floor.

Can gaps in the floorboards be fixed?

Some gaps are naturally occurring from the shrinking and expanding of the home during different weather changes. These gaps should be left as is. Other gaps we use epoxy filler to fill in.

Can Eco Forest Flooring refinish engineered and laminated floors?

Eco Forest Flooring can refinish modern engineered flooring on the market today! We can seal the floor and renew the finish for a more enhanced protection than when it was first installed. Laminate floors on the other hand cannot be refinished as the materials that the laminate is made of do not mix well with the finishes that we use.

We were told that our floors were too thin and can't be sanded. Can this be true?

Floor boards, which are finished wood, are generally very thin. Most floors can only be sanded between 1-3 times. But not to worry – if you were told your floor is sanded out, Eco Forest Flooring likely can still refinish it!

Is Eco Forest Flooring able to get out various types of spills and stains?

There are many factors that determine how easily spills and stains can come out. These include the type of wood, what type of finish was used, what other chemicals are on it, and what type of stain it is. We will be completely honest and show you which stains will come out and which ones may need more attention. Every floor and situation is unique, but we will try our best to bring your floors back to life.

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