While some floors need complete sanding, many can be refreshed
by screening. A recoat is a through cleaning process that takes
off the top coating of finish but does not remove the wood. Then
a new fresh coat of finish is applied.
Recoating is appropriate if the floor is only slightly scratched,
the finish has not worn through, and it does not have a wax (or
other chemical) build up that may cause problems with new finish
Recoating is a simple, low-cost technique that will refresh your
wood floor. The process will prolong the life of protective finish
layers and decrease the number of times the floors have to be refinished.
Recoating a hardwood floor should not be confused with refinishing
a hardwood floor. Refinishing hardwood floors involves extensively
sanding the floor to expose the wood - necessary when there are
deep scratches, damage, or if the floor has been waxed.