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How Lustre Changes the Appearance of Hardwood Floors

Posted on November 10th, 2011 In: News, Wood Floor Repairs News

Most people interested in wood floor repair are aware that there are several ways to impart a different ‘look’ to a hardwood floor. The most obvious of these is to vary the type of hardwood employed or the width of planking used, but these methods require homeowners to tear out an existing wood floor and lay a new one in order to effect the change.

A new look can also be obtained by much simpler methods that involve floor sanding and polishing. In this arena, choosing a different stain can give a radically new look to an existing wooden floor. Stains are now available in practically every hue of the rainbow, from earth and tan tones to wild dark greens and blues.

For a less extreme change, however, homeowners should consider changing not the hue of the wood but its lustre. This term refers to how the final finish coat reflects light. There are several different kinds of lustre available, with each one achieved through the use of glosses and finishes.

Oil Finish Produces Low Lustre

A finish with low lustre produces a matte look that diffuses rather than reflects light. These finishes are generally oil-based. Since they seep into the wood, they need periodic renewal.

Polyurethane Produces Satin Lustre

More shine is obtained if you choose a satin lustre instead. These finishes look modern and tend to produce a final surface that is somewhat resistant to scratches. Satin lustre can be obtained by using either shellac or polyurethane-based products.

Semi-gloss and glass-like lustre are finishes that reflect even more light. These tend to produce a shiny, glossy effect that requires wax or lacquer to maintain.

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