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Laminate Flooring Restoration – Bring your Home Back!

November 26th, 2017

With any type of flooring, the number one challenge is always trying to maintain the appearance of the floors for as long as possible. After a number of years of foot traffic, scuffs, spills, pets, and whatever else life throws at the floors, over time, those once beautiful floors begin to lose their original luster. But don’t worry! Just because the floors start to lose their original luster and beauty doesn’t mean that those same floors need to be replaced. In fact, floor restoration on laminate floors is much easier than many people think.

What is Laminate Flooring?

2Laminate flooring is a special type of flooring that is built with multiple layers that make them resilient to daily wear and tear or foot traffic in the home. Laminate floors are a great option for families of all types and sizes. They’re easy to clean and keep their appearance much longer and much easier than natural wood floors.

Laminate floors contain four layers. Starting with the innermost layers, the backing layer, the inner core, the design layer, and the wear layer. These four layers, when combined, lock out moisture, prevent bulbous spots, and keep the floors flat.

However, at Chicago Hardwood Floor Restoration, we know that life happens. Which means that wears, tears, spills, and everything else life throws at you are going to happen to your floors. So here’s a hand guide to restoring your floors in between professional restoration.

Sweep Regularly

Sweeping your floors a few time a week will not only keep your house looking good, but it will also help to keep your floors looking day one new for much longer. Dirt and debris, like the kind that is drug in from the bottom of your shoes, can dig into the laminate and cause surface scratches. Over time, this will cause the floors to look dull and worn. The best way to clean laminate floors is to sweep with a microfiber cloth. The microfiber attracts dust, dirt, and debris with a gentle cloth that won’t scratch or damage the floors.

Vacuum Often

Those same tiny specks of dirt and rocks that come from the bottom of your shoe sometimes do slip off the microfiber cloth. Even though vacuuming isn’t everyone’s favorite activity, it’s an absolute must to maintaining laminate floors. Hard-floor vacuums and multi-floor vacuums are often much more lightweight than traditional carpet vacuums. Always vacuum the laminate floors before mopping. If you don’t, then you risk spreading the dirt across the floor and scratching the floors up.

Keep the Floors Dry

Obviously, after a spill, the first instinct is to clean it up right away to avoid slips and falls. Even though laminate floors are prone to resist moisture, it’s never a good idea to have puddles of liquids around. In the case of mopping, laminate floors, like natural wood floors do not need to be super wet in order to get clean during a mopping session. Always be sure to check that the product is designed for laminate floors only. This includes when looking for shine and wax products, as well as floor cleaning products.

Keeping Your Floors Beautiful

pro-pic6At Chicago Laminate Floor Repair we know just how important home floors are. In fact, the floors are typically the first thing people notice about a home. Whether in an older home or a newly built home, the floors truly bring a home’s appearance together. Which is why maintaining the appearance of the floors is so important. Beautiful floors can add significant value to the home.

Laminate floors are a smart option for homes and apartments of any size. They offer the look and feel of traditional hardwood floors with the added durability that comes with laminate. Any type of flooring over time will begin to show natural wear and tear, no matter how well the floors are maintained. With that being said, that is why we are some of the best in the business when it comes to floor restoration. We know how to bring your floors back to life so that homeowners don’t have to completely replace the floors. Find out how we can make your home’s floors new again.


Floor Restoration In Older Homes Using Laminate Floors

May 24th, 2017

Older homes can have some really stunning floors, just waiting for you discover them. Maybe you’ve pulled up the carpets and found that you actually have fantastic hardwood floors. Maybe you bought the home knowing about the repair of the floors, and intend to restore them yourself.

No matter what, there are several ways that you can restore your floors. Using laminate floorboards is one of them. Here’s how you can restore your floors and create a beautiful home with Chicago Hardwood Floor Repair.

Restoring The Original Floor

hardwood floor repair ChicagoThe first option you’ll look into is restoring the floor that’s already in your home. It may be in good enough condition that you can update it for your family, and get it looking like new again. Here a few option that you may have for your floors:

  • Wood sanding: If your wood has signs of wear, or you just want to change the color of the wood, then you’ll need to sand your floors down to the bare wood. If the floors are older, they will more likely than not show signs of wear so this will be your first option.

If you want to do this, it’s a good idea to call out a hardwood floor repair Chicago expert. They can tell you if the floor is thick enough to take a full sanding, and they can carry the job out for you safely.

  • Recoating: If there are only superficial scratches or marks on the floor, then it may just need recoating to remove them. This involves having the floor sanded with a fine grit sander, to remove the top layer of finish from it. Then, new finish will be applied. When applied properly, this can last you for years to come.

Refinishing With Laminate

There may be times when you won’t want to take the time to properly refinish the floor in your home, or won’t be able to. It could be that the process is just too long for you, or that it’s in such poor condition that it can’t be saved. If that’s the case, all isn’t lost. A laminate floor could be the option for you.

The great thing about a laminate floor is that you may not need to rip out the original floor out to use it. It can be laid directly on top of the original flooring, meaning you can keep it just as it is. The fixing process will do as little damage to the floors, too. This is great if you hope to one day properly refinish the floors, or you want to retain them in case you ever sell your home. Those original floors will just be waiting right underneath the laminate.

As any good Chicago laminate floor repair expert will tell you, too, laminate floors are an absolute cinch to have installed. You can either hire fitters to fit it for you or do it yourself. Either way, depending on the size of the room, you could have the whole job done in less than a day. That’s a huge time saving, seeing as painstakingly refinishing a floor can take a while.

Tips For Using Laminate Floorboards

  • Chicago Hardwood Floor RepairIf you decide to go with laminate, shop around and get the best-looking floor you can. You could buy a floor that looks just like the original flooring, or something in a different color if that’s your thing. There’s a huge market out there, so make sure you get exactly what you want.
  • If in doubt, talk to an expert. Our staff is always ready to help, and they can help you pick the right floor for you.
  • Ready your floors for installation: It’s an easier process, but you’ll still need to prepare your home before having laminate installed. Clean the floors thoroughly, move all furniture out, and open windows to create good ventilation.

Laminate floors are the best option when you want to restore your floors, but want to save time and money. It’s amazing what you can get now in laminate, so you can have floors that look just as good as the originals, without the effort. Call us today and see how we can help you get started.

Make your New Home Build Shine with Laminate Flooring

April 25th, 2017

Laminate flooring has been given a bad rap over the years for having a ‘manufactured’ appearance and not being ‘classy’ enough. Truth be told, the naysayers have doubted laminate flooring too much since there are plenty of benefits to investing in it. Many people have started to overlook this misconception and invest in laminate flooring. The flooring is low cost, easy to install, and easy to maintain. However, there will come a time where the laminate flooring will fail to look its best and restoration may be in order to bring back to its former glory.

Repairing & Restoring Flooring to its Former Glory

Chicago laminate floor repairWhat happens when you already have laminate flooring that just needs to be fixed up? We have the best Chicago laminate floor repair service available and we’re here to restore your flooring to its former glory. Whether you’ve purchased a fixer-upper home or discovered the laminate flooring is showing a little wear and tear, we’re here to get the job done.

We understand tearing up old carpeting and wanting to keep the original flooring underneath. Buffing and waxing go a long way to bringing back a nice shine to a hardwood or laminate floor once you’ve discovered it. The only true way to bring the flooring back to its original richness is to do refinishing work and having the professional equipment on hand to complete the task.

We Have Everything to Get the Job Done

Refinishing itself is difficult to work and not everyone has the equipment to do a Chicago laminate floor repair. Restoring a laminate floor compared to a wood floor is a different process in itself. Returning the shine to a laminate floor from wear and tear is possible on your own.

The floor has to be swept or vacuumed clean for any particles like dirt that could cause scratches on the floor. One home solution is to add one cup of vinegar to a bucket of hot water before mopping, but more can be added depending on the size of the flooring. Using this home mixture will help to bring out the shine in the laminate flooring again and take away some of the wear and tears.

We also Restore Wood Flooring

We also do Chicago hardwood floor repair and in many homes, people find it when they tear up their old carpeting meaning to replace it. There have been many times where people prefer to keep their hardwood flooring instead of installing new carpeting.

Restoring hardwood flooring means having equipment on hand needed to restore the richness and beauty the wood. These tools can include sanding tools, stain, polish, and other professional supplies most people don’t have on hand. This is where we step in since we have the tools and knowledge to restore the flooring.

Laminate FlooringWood sanding is one option where we remove existing layers of coating and stain to get down to the bare wood. Signs of wear and tear like scratches and gouges can only be removed through sanding and cannot be remedied by buffing the floor. The condition of the floor and other factors will determine how much sanding needs to be done and the type of sanding paper we’ll be using for the job.

Staining is the most vital step during a Chicago hardwood floor restoration project due to its complexity. Staining a floor means altering its color and darker stains can reveal imperfections made during the sanding process versus using a lighter stain. We make preparations ahead of time by ‘popping’ the wood grains, this is done by washing the exposed wood with water. This helps to for the stain be laid on evenly and the washing will remove the majority of the imperfections made during the sanding process. Stain can be applied with a floor bugger, by hand, or using a pad. Regardless of the methods used, the most important part is applying the stain easily on the floor and wiping off the excess.

Once the floor has been stained and has dried the next step for a Chicago hardwood floor restoration is covering it up with the right finish. Customers have the option of choosing between a water base, cured, or oil based finish. The compatibility between the type of finish and the stain will have to be taken into consideration before it can be applied. There may also be health issues to keep in mind when choosing a certain finish, especially for certain households containing children and expecting mothers.

We are always more than happy to answer any questions about the Chicago laminate floor repair we have to offer. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about our services.


Stain proof your Hardwood Floor

March 27th, 2017

You love your hardwood floors or laminate flooring, but you’re considering replacing them due to damage inflicted over the years. Maybe you just ripped up some carpet in your home to discover gorgeous hardwood or laminate underneath that only need a bit of elbow grease to unlock its potential. Perhaps you like the look of hardwood flooring, but don’t want to deal with the damage that may befall it.

Before you consider replacing your flooring, take a moment to consider repairing and staining your floors instead! We offer floor repair services in Chicago area with a wide variety of options for hardwood and laminate enthusiasts who wish to repair and protect their flooring!

Why Hardwood Floor is a Great Option

Hardwood FloorHardwood flooring is a timeless look that can make your house feel like a home. While hardwood can be pricey, it is a symbol of class and elegance. Restoring and keeping your hardwood healthy may seem like more trouble than it’s worth, but if it is done correctly, you can maintain their beauty for years. Aesthetics aside, hardwood and laminate are extremely practical. If you’re a pet owner or have children, you know that accidents can be a common occurrence.

Cleaning and replacing carpet can be both times consuming and expensive, not to mention all the dust and dander that can accumulate within the carpet itself, which can also be a nightmare for people with allergies. Hardwood and laminate offer a beautiful alternative to carpet without the hassle of having carpet. If you love the comfort that carpet offers, hardwood or laminate floors with a nice, sophisticated area rug can be a great way to get the best of both worlds. Not only are rugs on hard flooring a refined and attractive look, but rugs are infinitely easier to clean, as opposed to carpet.

What restoration entails

So you’ve done some careful consideration and decided to stick with your hardwood floors after all. There are many great options for floor restoration in the Chicago area. If you’re looking for the best, then the search is over with us. We are passionate about what we do, and we are fully dedicated to making sure our customers are one hundred percent satisfied. Depending on what your hardwood floor repair needs are, we offer a wide variety of services that are sure to accommodate. If you’re in need of extreme restoration, the scope of our services goes well beyond a simple stain proofing and waxing. Some services we offer include:

Hardwood flooring ChicagoDustless Wood and Floor Refinishing – This is the process of sanding down a damaged spot while using a dust containment system, effectively eliminating 60 to 90% of the dust. You get the benefit of a beautifully finished floor without the inconvenience of a huge mess.

Wood Sanding – This process entails removing the existing layers of coating, exposing the bare wood by using sanding machines. This is a great option if your floors have gouges or scrapes that cannot be simply buffed out.

Staining – While this process may not seem like the most difficult, it is extremely important in refurbishing and maintaining your floor. The complexity of staining varies from floor to floor; darker stains will reveal more imperfection in terms of sanding, opposed to lighter stains. To prevent darker stains from showing sanding imperfections, additional preparation and sanding may be required. The floor being refurbished will also undergo a wash during this stage to ensure an even stain application.

Coating – This stage of the process will take place after the stain has dried. In this process, you have a few different options in terms of what type of coating you wish to use. We offer water based, oil based, and acid cured finishes. Compatibility between stains and coating must be assessed. For water-based coating, the stain has to be completely dry but offers a low odor option. A minimum of three coats with buffing in between coats offers the best results.

Why hire us?

We offer seasoned professionals that will take the time to assess your floor and approach the job with the utmost care and dedication. We’ve been restoring floors in Chicago for quite some time. We take the time to assess every costumer’s specific needs and approach each job professionally and with integrity.



Floor Restoration for Turn of the Century Houses

February 20th, 2017

If you live in an older home, you know that there are many unique and antique elements that make your house interesting. The type of decorative elements, structures, and designs that you see in turn of the century houses are not seen in homes today. Home features can change fairly quickly due to changing trends, changing needs of homeowners, size of homes, and development of newer materials and technologies.

But with all that you may hold against the “cookie cutter” homes of today, the fact also remains that older homes may show signs of age in many ways. The floors, for example, may become dull and damaged and you may need floor repair or replacement. Since flooring in any home is used constantly, it tends to wear down more quickly than other structural items. By paying attention to your floors, through regular maintenance, and by hiring a good flooring company to perform repairs as needed, you can extend the life of your floors.

Refinishing Old Wood Floors

Floor RestorationThe task of refinishing old hardwood floors involves different steps. Waxing and buffing can work well in some cases, but getting the true beauty and richness to shine through, requires a complete refinish. The first thing that you need to do is determine whether the floor is in a good enough condition to be restored and if it is thick enough for withstanding the refinishing. Professionals from a good flooring company such as the ones from our Classic Floors Chicago can tell you if your floors are worth saving.

If they are, then the floors are sanded using sanding machines to remove the old coating and stain. Any scratches, dents, or other damage is repaired. The wood may also be washed and cleaned to remove oils or other residues. Then the floor is stained and coated with the desired finish to give it a completely new and glossy look. The whole process may take a few days or more, depending upon the amount of work and the size of space.

Fixing Sagging Floors

Another issue with older homes is that floors tend to sag towards the center of the house. While this problem is repairable, it may need quite a bit of time to fix. Generally, jack posts and support beams are placed directly under the area that shows sagging. To avoid causing stress and cracks in the building, the jacks are screwed up only a turn or two each month. Any other issues with the home’s support beams and posts or floor joists also need to be addressed if needed. Moisture in the basement or crawl space might contribute to sagging or rotting wood. So any deteriorating or compromised structural parts of the house should also be fixed.

Restoring Hardwood Floors under carpeting

Chicago hardwood floor restorationCarpeting that has covered any wood floors can be removed and the hardwood underneath can be restored. As to how easy or difficult this task is going to be, depends on a lot of different variables. The type of glue used for the carpeting, the damage to the hardwood from the glue, use of nails to put down the carpet, any rust accumulation due to the nails- these are all factors that will dictate the amount of work needed to restore the hardwood floors. Sometimes the job is easy if there is minimal damage, and sometimes you may even end up cutting and patching parts of the floor if it is impossible to repair and restore. Additionally, damage from insects, moisture, and any structural damage might make it very expensive to restore the wood under carpeting.

While you could take on the task of floor restoration for your home, with so many different factors to account for, you can never know what challenges you may face. So unless you are a pro or your flooring requires simple work, it is best left in the hands of professionals. In Chicago hardwood floor restoration can be handled expertly by Classic Floors Chicago. Call us at 773-656-1727 to talk to one of our representatives and find out how we can help you. You can also take a look at our website to find out more about our company, the services we offer, and much more. We pride ourselves for providing premier flooring services in the Chicago area for the past 16 years.

Our affordable pricing, reliable and respectful service, professional and experienced staff, and state-of-the-art equipment makes for an unbeatable experience that you will not find with any other company. Whether it is floor repair or restoration, maintenance, refinishing, or installation- we can do it all. Our experts can also guide you about the choice of floor products and services that you may need. With Classic Floors Chicago, any of your flooring need is easily taken care of.


Three Signs you Need Hardwood Floor Repair in Chicago

January 27th, 2017

Hardwood Floor Repair in Chicago

Hardwood flooring is probably the most beautiful, durable, and long-lasting flooring option we have today. Walking into your home, office, or any other place of business with clean, polished, and smooth hardwood floors creates a great impression. While good quality hardwood flooring will certainly last you a long time, there eventually will come a time when the hardwood will start to show signs of age. The once attractive shine can become dull and you may notice other issues with it as well. So how do you know when it is time to repair your hardwood floor, or when it is best just to replace it? Read on to find out the three signs that tell you to repair your hardwood floor.

  1. Signs of Surface Damage

Hardwood Floor Repair in ChicagoWith continuous use over a period of time, hardwood floors can start to show some signs of surface damage. Moving furniture, running pets or kids, spilling foods or drinks, or other falling household items can cause damage to your hardwood floors. Scratches, dents, and stains are all signs of surface damage to your hardwood. These can make the hardwood look dull, discolored, and uneven. Your flooring will lose its attractiveness and will not seem flawless even with good wiping and cleaning. Calling a good hardwood repair company will help to repair and restore your floor for these, or for any other surface damage.

In the Chicago area, Classic Floors Chicago has been offering excellent hardwood floor repair services in Chicago for more than 15 years. Our expert professionals can get any type of hardwood flooring work done in an efficient manner. Whether we are sanding and using wood filler to repair scratches, using stain, resealing, or using any other type of product, we make an effort to use lasting products with minimum or no toxic chemicals in them. We not only work hard to exhibit top quality workmanship, we also care about your health, the health of our team, and the environment.


  1. Stains, Water damage, or Warping

hardwood floor repair services in Chicago

If you see discoloration on your hardwood, these are stains that may have been caused by spilling liquids, pet accidents, or water leakage. The finish on new hardwood floors protects it from water and other substances. But over time, as the finish wears away, your floors are more susceptible to substances which can cause staining due to immediate soaking up by floor. A refinishing job by a good hardwood floor company can restore the beautiful look of your floors. Warping or bending of hardwood boards does sound like a serious problem that may require a total floor replacement. But this may not be the case. If you have a few damaged boards, professionals can repair them.

We at Classic Floors Chicago are experienced in efficiently handling such repair jobs and more. Whether you need installation of new hardwood floors, refinishing, sanding, or old floor restoration, we have done it all. When we walk in to provide you the service you need, we inspect your floor and provide you with the repair options you have. We also guide you about the products, process for repair, time needed, and other details, so that you know exactly what to expect. Our goal at Classic Floors Chicago is to provide you the highest level of service and gain your trust.


  1. Age of the Hardwood Floor

Classic Floors ChicagoOnce properly installed, hardwood floors can last for over a hundred years and can be refinished many times. So the age of your hardwood floors, what it has endured over the years, and how many times it has been repaired/refinished- all factor into whether it needs to be repaired one more time or if you are better off with a complete replacement. Remember, old hardwood floors have a history and a unique charm of their own that you cannot get with new wood. So if you hear a few squeaks or see a few stains, that should tell you that a professional repair job might correct these relatively minor problems.

At Classic Floors Chicago we have a fantastic track record of restoring old wood floors back to their very best. Just call us at 773-656-1727 today to speak with one of our representatives. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide more information and estimates. We provide service for residential and commercial customers. The quality of our service and reasonable pricing is sure to beat out any competition.


Your hardwood floors are an investment you make in your house. Since they last a long time, taking good care of them and performing maintenance work on them is a good idea. This way you will not only keep them in tip-top condition, you will be able to extend their life even more. In Chicago, hardwood floor repair is a breeze with Classic Floors Chicago!


Top Types of Finish for Chicago Floor Repair

December 27th, 2016

At some point Chicago hardwood floor repair in your home will become absolutely necessary, though unlike laminate flooring it actually CAN be repaired. One of the biggest differences between laminate flooring and hardwood flooring is that the texture goes deeper than the surface. If you tried to sand and re-stain a laminate floor, you would end up with a mess, but hardwood flooring can be repaired many times over the course of its life.

In today’s article we are going to explore the differences between the types of stain that you might choose to make use of. Most often, finishes are either called urethane or polyurethane, and it sits on the surface of the wood, forming a protective coating that will defend against moisture and other irritants that might cause a problem.

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Chicago Hardwood Floor Finishes

Oil Modified Urethane

If you head to your local hardware store and ask one of the employees for a urethane product for your floor, this is probably what you’re going to get. It is the most common surface finish, it’s easy to use, and it is highly durable. Add that to the fact that it’s moisture resistant and you have a recipe for a floor that will last many years. Plus, it dries in about eight hours, making it a quick fix at the tail end of any restoration project.

Moisture-Cured Urethane

If you’re looking for something a little more durable and long lasting then you might want to look into this type of product for your floor. It’s a non-yellowing substance and it comes in either satin or glass. The biggest downside is that it can be very difficult to apply, meaning it’s probably better left to a professional. We would also like to mention that this finish has a very strong smell, and it dries quickly by absorbing moisture vapor from the air. That being the case, the more humidity you have present at the site, the better off the curing process will be.

Water-Based Urethane

Water based urethane products bring synthetic resins, plasticizers, and film forming ingredients that come together and help to create a moisture-resistant surface that will stand the test of time. As you would expect, these floor finishes are clear, and they have many different sheen levels. Unlike some of the others, these can dry in two to three hours, but they are much more expensive. This is definitely the urethane of choice for most professional builders and floor installers.

Conservation Varnish

Chicago Floor RepairHere is where things get a bit complicated. Conservation varnish is a two-component system, meaning it requires a bit more expertise to use. Sometimes, these are referred to as Swedish finishes and consist of acid curing while being alcohol based.

Penetrating Sealers

These are spread on the floor and permitted to penetrate into the pores of the wood. Once the process is complete, excess is either removed with a rag or buffed in. The idea is to improve the drying and increase the hardness of the wood in order to give it a bit longer lifespan.


Varnishes are comprised of vegetable oil, and while it is not used much anymore due to the introduction of urethane, it does still have its application from time to time.


Finally we have lacquer, which is no longer used by professional installers due to the high flammability. If you are performing a DIY installation, then it is strongly recommended that you stay away from this one.

One thing that you can be absolutely certain of, is that we are going to find the right sealer for your floor. A good floor sealant will help to keep moisture out and will greatly improve your Chicago hardwood floor restoration project. If you’re ready to bring your floor back to life, it’s time to call the professionals and get the job done. We’re waiting for you, and we have the expertise you need. Don’t do it alone – use the experts, use us.