Choosing the Right Wood Floor Sealant

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Putting a floor sealant on your wood floor can be a very important part of the maintenance of the floor. If you have a solid wood floor that was finished on-site, it is an essential part of the process of owning a wood floor. If you have a pre-finished wood floor, this step will not be necessary. Choosing the proper wood floor sealant for your floor is critical. If you choose the wrong type of sealant, it could actually do more damage to the floor than good. Here are the basics of how to choose the right wood floor sealant. 

Step 1—Determine What Type of Floor You Have

The first thing that you need to do is determine exactly what type of hardwood you have. Different floors take sealant differently and you will not want to seal them all in the same manner. There are many different species out there and you should try and figure out what you have first. 

Step 2—Measure the Floor

Get some rough measurements of the floor before you go any further. Get the dimensions of the room and then multiply the length times the width. This will give you the square footage of the area. Knowing the square footage that you have to cover is important so that you buy the right size of sealant when you find it. If you only need a quart, you do not want to spend the money to buy a 5-gallon bucket. 

Step 3—Call Around

When you are trying to decide what type of floor sealant to buy, calling around to different flooring stores can be very helpful. Flooring specialty stores work with hardwood floors every day. Usually someone there can tell you exactly what type of sealant that you need for your particular job. They may have some there for you to purchase or they can tell you where to get it. 

Step 4—Indoor Sealant

If you visit your local home center and are looking for the sealant on your own, make sure that you choose an indoor sealant. There are also outdoor polyurethane wood sealants that are made for outdoor use. They make them to put on wooden fences and decks as well, so be careful that you do not buy one of those. You need a wood floor sealant that is specifically designed to go on the inside of the house. 

Step 5—Gloss Level

In addition to specifying where the sealant goes, you will also want to see if it is a high gloss or low gloss sealant. Choosing between these two options is a personal preference. If you like a very shiny floor, getting a high-gloss sealant would be in your best interest. However, if you do not like the floor to be as shiny, get a low-gloss sealant. Low-gloss actually will not show scuffs and scratches in the floor as easily.