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Hardwood


Solid Hardwood | Engineered Hardwood
Luxury Vinyl Plank | Refinished

Hardwood floors are one of the most beautiful and elegant flooring types you can hav installed in your home. Yet, they can also be expensive to repair if left unprotected. Like any home investment, homeowners may want to perform routine maintenance on them to prevent severe damage. That's where AO Cleaning comes in. We are a professional sandless hardwood floor refinishing service, and we know hardwood floors. We service all site finished and factory finished solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, and luxury vinyl plank. Our technicians will diagnose the issues and create a plan for making your floors beautiful again. We take pride in giving you an honest assessment of your floor's condition and the right solution that best fits your needs and budget.

Hardwood Cleaning Process from AO Cleaning Hardwood Cleaning Services

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Routine maintenance on your hardwood floors will ensure that they not only look great but are protected throughout the year. Professional cleaning, buffing, old wax removal, and refinishing will help prevent deep streaks, stains, and scratches. Hardwood floors are a beautiful real estate assets that require consistent care to maintain.

You can count on AO Cleaning to take great care of your floors.

What Every Homeowner Wishes They Knew About Their Hard Flooring

How do you properly maintain hard floors?

The truth is that most all of us have never been taught the proper care of our hard flooring. You would be amazed to find out how many products commonly found at grocery and big box stores are actually bad for the longevity of your floors. Even things such as vinegar or even pure water, will damage your floors over time. The only product that you should ever be using on your floors whether its solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, or luxury vinyl plank is a quality neutral floor cleaner. Our technicians will be happy to recommend our favorite brands of widely available neutral cleaners to use. Frequent sweeping, vacuuming, followed by a microfiber flat mop using a neutral cleaner should be the only weekly maintenance your floors will need.

Using a polish on my floors is okay, isn't it?

The bad news is NO, you should never use any product that is a polish or claims to restore your floors. The problem is that most of these store bought products are actually acrylic waxes. While it may initially improve the appearance of your floors, the wax quickly begins to fail by flaking off or peeling. Floors that have regularly had a wax polish applied now have layers of dirt trapped inside layers of wax making them look unsightly. If your housekeeper or anyone else is using wax on your floors it is a good idea to discontinue its use.

My hardwood floors are in rough shape but sanding is expensive! What should I do?

Here comes some good news. Many people falsely assume their floors need a full sanding. In many cases it is just your polyurethane wear layer that is keeping your floors from looking great. A properly maintained wear layer can help prevent your floors from ever needing a full sanding!

What exactly is a Screen and Recoat?

Instead of sanding your floors down to bare wood we use screens under our oscillating floor machine to remove light scratches and abrade the polyurethane. This process has also been called Dustless Refinishing or Sandless Refinishing. Our floor machine has a built-in HEPA vacuum which captures any airborne dust during the screening to maintain a clean environment. Once the floors have been screened they are then thoroughly cleaned. If the floors are in need of any color correction we can then apply water based stain to blend it in. Finally, two or more coats of a waterborne polyurethane with the sheen of your choice are applied to the floor. Your floors will now look amazing and will be ready for light foot traffic the same day! Heavy furniture can be replaced after 24 hours. This all happens without the huge mess and at a fraction of the cost of a full sanding!


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Clean and Buff

If you have hardwood floors in your home, you're probably familiar with scratches and scuffs. Visible marks on your hardwood floors can be caused by all kinds of things, such as: shoes, moving furniture, drops, pet claws, etc. If these marks are left untreated for too long, it can leave your hardwood floors exposed and lead to future deterioration. To prevent this, AO Cleaning offers professional cleaning & buffing to help bring life back to your hardwood floors & conceal visible damage!

Using a powerful yet safe detergent we will power scrub your floors using professional equipment. The slurry of dirt is then extracted from the floors followed by a neutralizing rinse to get everything squeaky clean. Finally your floors are buffed out with our oscillating floor machine which brings back the natural luster. Your floors are now ready for immediate use. To maintain your floors we highly recommend a Deep Clean and Buff every 12-18 months.

Wax Removal

Hardwood floor waxing is a great way to keep your hardwood floors protected from moisture and damage. However, because wax should be applied regularly, a wax build-up can occur and leave your floors looking dull and murky. If you or your housecleaning service has been applying layers of store bought polish to give your floors a shine you likely have a case of wax build-up. Wax removal can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. Save yourself the trouble and allow the trained professionals at AO Cleaning to handle all of your hardwood wax removal needs!

Using an acrylic stripper and our heavy duty equipment we will emulsify the wax back into a liquid, allowing us to fully extract it back off your floors. Next we use a product to neutralize the Ph of your floors. Depending on the condition of your floors we will then give a final buff out or proceed to our screening process. Our wax removal process can be used on solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, and luxury vinyl plank flooring. Once we remove the wax we will be sure to educate you further so your floors will never need our wax removal service ever again!

Screen & Recoat

Have you noticed signs of wear and tear on your hardwood floors? If you have, it may be time to have your hardwood floors Screen & Redcoat by AO Cleaning! In order to avoid irreversible damage to your floors, you should have them recoated every 3-5 years. Whether you have solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring its wear layer needs occasional maintenance.

Over time foot traffic, micro-scratches, pets, and spills will begin to dull the appearance and diminish the protection its wear layer provides. Once the wear layer is gone your floors have no protection from damage and even the slightest bit of moisture could mean your floors need a full sanding. Having your floors screened and re-coated will return the finish to its original glory. Keep your hardwood floors looking great for as long as possible by giving us a call today!

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Hardwood Aftercare


Your floors are protected by AO Cleaning's proprietary polyurethane finish.

When can I...

WALK ON FLOORS: at least 3-4 hours
PLACE FURNITURE: after 2-3 days
PLACE AREA RUNGS: after 2 weeks
CLEAN FLOORS: 7-10 days

Follow these guidelines to ensure proper drying. Air circulation from windows and fans will increase dry time.

Screen & Recoating

When your floors begins to show signs of wear, it will need to be recoated to preserve and protect its natural beauty and prevents the need to fully sand it again.

Floor Care Tips:

  • It is important to maintain the beauty of your hardwood floors by routinely cleaning them with (neutral cleaner) and using a microfiber mop specifically developed for your hardwood floor.
  • Cleaning frequency is always dependent on use but regular, frequent cleaning is encouraged to maintain the longevity of your hardwood floor. The use of walk-off maps also prevents the spread of dirt and grit.
  • Avoid using water and vinegar, oil soaps, or wax acrylic or polymers on floors. Vinegar is an acid and over time it will dull your floors finish. Soaps and waxes leave residue on your floor and can attract dirt and wax will peel off overtime and turn dark. It also voids your warranty.
  • Keep your shoes in good condition -- high heels can damage your floor.
  • Trim your pets claws to prevent scratches. Use floor protectors on furniture legs.
  • The use of washable microfiber cleaning pads enhances the cleaners ability to remove dirt and grime.
  • Get your floors cleaned and buffed every two years to enhance sheen and remove any existing residue film.