Hardwood Floor Finishes
Typically, polyurethane surface finishes are the main types of
hardwood floor finishes used by professionals. Hardwood floors coated
with polyurethane are highly water and wear resistant. As a result,
hardwood floors have become popular in kitchens and eating areas.
Finishes are either oil or water based, and both are equally durable
and eliminate the need for waxing the floors.
Oil-based surface finishes are the most widely used. While the
application process takes somewhat longer, due to increased drying
time, the result is a smooth, glossy surface with the warm, amber glow
usually associated with wood flooring.
Water-based finishes are low odor, quick drying, and reveal more of the
wood’s natural color. However, they typically cost slightly more than
Over time, dirt can damage hardwood floors, so experts recommend
sweeping and vacuuming regularly. Always use vacuums with a soft brush
attachment, as this will minimize scratching. Doormats at each entrance
can lessen the possibility of damaging grit being tracked inside.
Furniture can also scratch floors, so it is wise to use felt protectors
at the bottom of the legs.