Anderson Ladd, Haldeman Homme, the MFMA, and gymnasium floor manufactures recommend you never use an auto scrubber on your wood gymnasium floors. For day to day maintenance, AL recommends using an untreated dust mop, dry mopping or sweeping to eliminate dirt and dust, which can cause scratches. Any liquids spilled on the floor should be quickly removed to prevent damage.
According to Anderson Ladd flooring expert Patrick Duffy, an annual recoat is part of a perfect preventative maintenance schedule. Floor cleaning and daily use will slowly wear the finish down, so an annual recoat will refresh and rejuvenate the surface to build it back up, increasing the life span of your investment.
Screening and recoating is a process where a floor is buffed prior to applying a maintenance coat of polyurethane to a floor. The buffing is required for the finish to properly bond. “Depending on the size and the condition of the court, this should take about 1-2 days for the average sized gymnasium. A larger field house will take 1-2 days more,” according to Duffy.
Recoating should be done annually. With the right application, recoating will extend the period of time before sanding and refinishing is needed on your floor. This will decrease your lifecycle cost and add years to the life of the floor.
“My experience is that a floor will require sanding and refinishing every 12-15 years if it’s recoated annually” says Duffy. Screening and recoating helps improve the look of the finish, while removing minor scuffs and minor surface damage.
Screening and recoating your floor adds value by protecting your investment, by prolonging the length of time before costly sanding and refinishing is required. Sanding and refinishing is a much more in-depth process than screening and recoating, and involves much more time and labor, but it could be worth it if you have deep gouges and damage.
Not sure whether you need to recoat or sand and finish? That’s when it pays to have one of our facilities solution specialist visit the site and thoroughly evaluate the floor and give you tailored advice based on the condition of your floors. Anderson Ladd and Haldeman Homme have a proven track record in the sports surface industry nationally, with a reputation built on quality and integrity.