Hardwood Sales, Installation, Refinishing & Cleaning Services
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"When moving into a new house, we had them sand and stain two stories of 60-year-old oak floors. They did a fantastic job bringing the old floors back to life. Stains were lifted and some boards were repaired to a like-new condition. However, the sanding machine marked-up some of the walls and baseboards. When notified, they sprang into action the next day (on the weekend, nonetheless). No issues; no hassle; no run-around. It was truly customer first. Will you find this with a big flooring mega giant after a sale/service has been made?"Rob G., Chevy Chase MD
We can replace hardwood flooring that no longer can be sanded or re-finished - or replace old or damaged wood with new, pre-finished hardwood flooring. Visit our Kensington, Maryland Carpet & Rug headquarters to choose from many different styles, textures and colors of pre-finished hardwood flooring. Ayoub N&H's showroom carries hardwood such as oak, maple, cherry, bamboo, and much more. Choose from our selection of engineered hardwood or laminate floors for situations where regular hardwood cannot be installed.
Must go over an acceptable wood sub-floor and cannot be installed in basements.
Is nailed down to the floor.
Resists warping due to moisture.
Can be installed on wood or concrete sub-floors.
Made up of several laminated hardwood plies.
Can be sanded and re-finished - not as many times as solid hardwood though.
Most hardwood comes in strips that are 2 1/4", 3" or 3 1/4" wide, although there are some types that 4" to 6" wide.
The most common types of hardwood flooring are:
Domestic Woods: Cherry, Maple, Red Oak, White Oak, and Pine
Imported Woods: Bamboo, Brazilian Cherry, Cork, Merbau, and Teak
Wood flooring that is in fair condition and doesn't need to be replaced can be sanded and re-finished to give it a new look. The wood can be sanded down to remove the old polyurethane and expose a new layer of the hardwood. A new wood stain is then applied to the wood and coated with a polyurethane layer to protect it.
Hardwood flooring is usually re-finished when the wood starts to show wear, scratches, dullness, or even when a completely new color is desired.
There are two types of urethane that can be used in the re-finishing process, either water based or oil based.
Water based urethane: dries in a shorter period of time so the job can be done quicker. The floor can be walked on within two hours and additional coats of polyurethane can be applied the same day. In addition, fumes from water based urethane are not as noticeable.
Oil based urethane: will take longer to dry and typically produce fumes that are very noticeable although the smell does dissipate as the urethane dries. The process will take more than one day since a drying time of about 24 hours is required in-between coats. Oil based urethane is better for floors in direct sunlight since it does not break down as quickly.
Ayoub N&H Hardwood Refinishing Process:
Moving basic items of furniture.
Sealing off area to reduce dust in rooms not being re-finished.
Sanding the hardwood to remove old polyurethane & expose new surface of wood.
Buffing the hardwood to smooth the surface & remove debris
Application of hardwood staining if a certain color is desired.
Application of water or oil based polyurethane.
Additional buffing to smooth surface & remove dust
Application of second coating of polyurethane.
During the second coating, new shoe molding will be installed & transition strips refinished to match the hardwood.
Wood flooring that is in need of rejuvenation can be revived with a thorough cleaning from Ayoub N&H™!
Ayoub N&H™ Hardwood Cleaning:
Determine if any and what types of cleaning products have been used in the past. If acrylic-based products such as Mop-n-glo, Orange Glo, Murphy's Oil Soap, or Bona Polish have been used, Ayoub N&H will remove that layer of cleaning polish prior to beginning the wood floor rejuvenation
If no acrylic based products have been used, or once they've been removed, a cleaning solution is used in the wood floor cleaning equipment. The self-contained equipment applies the cleaning detergent, gently scrubs the floor, and extracts soiling.
Using the same equipment, a solution is applied to neutralize the cleaning detergent and extract it.
Any remaining moisture is wiped dry.
If desired, a sealer can be applied for added protection. The sealer is available in a satin or glossy finish.
Floors that have been waxed, cannot be cleaned with this process.
Laminate flooring can be cleaned just like hardwood, but cannot be sealed.
Moving of basic furniture to begin the process, and replacing furniture after cleaning can be done for an additional charge.
If the sealer is not applied, the wood flooring can be walked on immediately. If a sealer is applied, the wood floor would need to be without traffic for about one hour.