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What finishes to consider before starting sanding wooden floors

Posted on May 21st, 2011 In: Blog, Floor Sanding Services Blogs

Sanding Wooden FloorsSanding wooden floors is a process that needs to be undertaken with a lot of care. If you want the flooring to look great, you will have to pay a lot of attention to detail. Before you start sanding wooden floors you will have to consider the right finishing for your floors.

Determining the Right Finish

For sanding wooden floors, you need to be aware of the different kinds of finishes. There are four different types of finishes. These are oil based finishes, composite finishes, solvent based polyurethane finishes and water based finishes. Before wood floor sanding, determine the type of finish you want for your floors. Choose a color and finish according to the overall d├ęcor of your room.

Know about the Finishes

After sanding wooden floors, you can choose from amongst the different finishes. Oil based finishes are traditional finishes manufactured by reacting natural oils with other chemicals. Varnishes and tung oil are examples of this kind of finishes. Composite finishes are a combination of oil based alkyds and solvent based polyurethane finishes. Water based finishes comprise of polyurethane or acrylic mixes of moderate durability and is applied over a sealant to not only enhance the color of the wood but also to reduce edge bonding. Solvent based polyurethane offers a harder finish and is less flexible but it is more abrasion resistant.

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