Satin Or Semi

A finish is a top coat that will protect your floor from everyday wear and tear. Learning about the width options will help in determining which style of hardwood floor to use. Prices on engineered prefinished wood flooring range from $1.69 to $8.79. The average cost of installation usually runs about half as much as the flooring but depends on the type of flooring and installation for your home. Sand the damaged area and extend the sanding to the edges of the floor that are not damaged as you use the fine-grit sandpapers. To get an idea of how much you can wipe a damp cloth across the surface of the bare wood.

Granted it still had to dry a bit in that shot above, but the comparison between the Bona stuff and the Rejuvenate stuff definitely left us liking Rejuvenate a lot better. If you were planning on three coats, I’d put two coats of gloss and the final coat whatever sheen you prefer. Use interior and exterior doormats at entrances to collect dirt and moisture and prevent them from being tracked onto the floor. Repetition is important, as it builds up resilient layers of wax to protect your floor. If you do not want to use polyurethane, you can choose to wax and buff the floor instead. Both finish types darken or even yellow wood, although some newer water-based products don’t darken as much.

You’re on your last stretch and realize you’re running out of finish and may not have enough to finish the job, so you start putting more pressure on your applicator and begin squeegeeing out finish to ensure you get a coat on the whole floor. I called the floor store to ask if there was some way to repair it. The head guy came out, showed me how to use a steam iron, and then offered to have another coat of polyurethane put down for free, which he said would further hide the scratch. When it comes to beautiful and ornate hardwood floors in Wisconsin, there is only one answer – Royal Wood Floors. Your floor refinisher recommends refinishing, which again sounds likely what needs to be done.

Site finished wood is easier to clean (dirt tends to get stuck in micro-bevel edges) and is more resilient to water (often the edges of prefinished wood are not fully covered with polyurethane while site finished floors are sanded smooth and flat and then coated evenly with the poly). One thing to say about high gloss flooring, before explaining how to achieve this look, is that it can be pretty high maintenance. Generally all varnishes start as a gloss finish and a matting agent is added to then to reduce the shine to a Satin or Matt finish.


When you do need to ‘disinfect’ or clean, you can use a cleaning product specifically made for oil wood flooring, such as Bona Oil Floor Cleaner or diluted Murphy Oil Soap. Manufacturers claim that these extra-durable finishes are up to ten times more durable than traditional finishes. If it is an old floor and absorbing a lot of oil on the second day, a 2 parts tung oil to 1 part thinner will work better. The semi-gloss finish will still have certain levels of reflectivity and also offer a similar richness to the grain of most woods. Paint also allows you to express your creativity by adding designs and patterns to your floor.

To accomplish that, simply sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floors with the beater bar turned off to remove dirt and grit from between the floor boards. When we came home two days ago, I was shocked to see that rather than another coat of the satin finish, the workmen had put down a shiny one. Once you’ve applied the polyurethane coat, do not walk on the floor for 24 hours (or as long as the urethane packaging says that it needs to dry). Be aware this may affect the look of finish – hard to say without actually knowing the condition of your floors.

Applicators are specially designed to hold onto finish; any remaining finish in the applicator will be transferred to the subsequent coats and can interfere with your final coat. If the floor is natural with no stain, the next step is to apply the first coat of finish. But I am not alone: You won’t find a wood flooring contractor out there who doesn’t have plenty of finish horror stories to tell.

If you are finishing your floor with a Bona® product, we typically apply three coats with light sanding between coats. Had I skipped the satin finish, my cost would have been 60 cents per square foot, which would have been a $3,600 savings. You shouldn’t never paint directly onto a glossy finish as this usually comes out looking bad. Satin and semi gloss are achieved by the addition to the finish of a paste that has to be mixed well in the finish.

Note that the warranty on laminate floors made by some manufacturers is voided if a finish is applied. If staining is required, use water or alcohol-based wood stain before applying the finish. Gaining popularity in recent years, a matte finish is best at offering an authentic representation of a wood floor look without a finish. As well as a durable natural primer it seals, blocks tannin and smells, stains wood and acts as a high-gloss varnish.

For superior durability and long-lasting beauty, the choice is clear — protective clear finishes from Minwax! Walking in bare feet over a newly finished floor that may look dry can transfer oils creating a dull surface appearance. No matter how perfectly a finish is brushed, sprayed, or wiped on, there will always be imperfections in the final topcoat. In conclusion, painted wood floors usually look absolutely gorgeous and can really bring life back to your old floors. Wax is certainly one of the best finishes to consider for any type of hardwood floor.