Wood flooring brings elegance and beauty to a home, but getting it truly clean can be challenge. Some products create wax buildups that dull the natural beauty of the floor's original finish, while others can break down and erode the finish itself. Damp mopping alone can just spread soil around a room. Since water needs to be used very carefully with wood floors, thoroughly rinsing and extracting soil has proven to be almost impossible - until now.

Advanced Degree Carpet Cleaning is proud to offer a solution that will deep clean your wood flooring, and enrich, protect and extend the life of your existing finish. When more and more of our customers asked about this service, we decided to see if a process that met our standard of excellence was available. After months of research, we found what we believed to be the safest, most effective system available. Having successfully delivered great results for many happy customers, we're true believers. The full multi-step process with photos can be found by clicking on this link. It includes:

  1. Using a backpack vacuum to thoroughly remove all loose soil and debris from the area to be cleaned.
  2. Using a Lindhaus machine and alkaline deep cleaning agent, thoroughly clean the wood floor. The Lindhaus machine dispenses the cleaning agent along with a controlled amount of water, agitates it with a soft brush, and uses squeegie vacuums to pick up the dirty water all in one pass. 
  3. Again, using the Lindhaus machine and a neutralizing cleaner, prepare the floor for the preservation finish. This removes any residue left over from the initial deep clean, resets the floor's pH to neutral, and prepares the existing finish to receive and bond with the preservation finish.
  4. Applying the preservation finish (satin or gloss available) with a flat mop and micro-fiber cloth. The preservation finish is an acrylic / urethane blend that bonds with your existing finish to strengthen and protect it. 

This process will remove more soil than you ever wanted to know existed in your wood floors and will significantly improve their appearance. The preservation finish will enrich the natural beauty of the flooring. Since the process does not involve stripping the existing finish, sanding the wood and applying new finish, it won't fully remove scratches. Light scratches get filled in and become far less noticeable while deeper scratches are improved but still remain. We're confident you'll be pleased with the results, and by protecting the existing finish, will be less likely to need expensive sanding and refinishing down the road.

Before scheduling a cleaning, Mike Dunmyer will come to your home to evaluate whether we can safely clean your floors. The full process is safe for hardwood and engineered wood floors that have either acrylic or urethane finish (unfinished floors or those with oil finishes are not eligible). Wood floors that have been maintained with wax-based products are also not eligible as the wax will prevent the water based cleaner from getting to the finish and will become cloudy afterward. Floors maintained with Mop and Glow also cannot be cleaned with this method. To schedule an evaluation with Mike, call 302-945-0100.

Here are some before and after pictures from recent jobs:

 Before cleaning: Normal soiling plus calcification from fish tanks:

Lewes Test Before 216

After cleaning and preservation finish:

Lewes Test After 218

Bamboo floor at a beach house; before cleaning:

Dewey LR Before 217

Bamboo floor at a beach house; after cleaning and preservation finish:

Dewey LR After 219