Traditional Methods of Finishing Hardwood Floors
There are a number of different ways in which hardwood floors can be finished. Techniques can be used either before or after installation, with some manufacturers of wooden flooring “pre-finishing” the planks so that they do not have to be finished in place once a floor is installed. However, it is still common for bare wood to be installed in homes and then finished according to a homeowner’s preferences.
The Most Traditional Finishes
Hardwood floors have been in use for literally centuries and during most of this time, the typical finish was some sort of wax or oil, or possibly a combination of the two. These natural types of finishes would need to be renewed on a regular basis, but while they were in effect they helped wood to not only be more water-resistant but also to have a warmer appearance. Oil is still the most common finish of all for hardwood floors when one considers all places where such floors are in use.
A variation on the oiled finish is one called “brushed and oiled,” which involves a specific technique for the application of oil. In this method a steel brush is used to apply the oil, and the brush is dragged across the wood in the same direction as the grain. This serves to buff out and remove splinters, making the wooden floor more comfortable for the inhabitants of a house.
Whether you use a traditional or modern finish, all wood floors will eventually need floor sanding services to restore them to a condition as good as new.