Different Types Of Wood Finishes

Finishes help to keep hold of the natural beauty of the particle while providing a defense to wood. There are several types of finishes available, these are clear stains, solid stains, paint, natural finishes, and varnishes. Let’s check out each type.

Clear Stain

This type is “clear”, so once you apply it will still let you see the wood grain. Paintbrush or a rag is an option to apply this type of stain and once you have stained the wood you will need to put a clear-coat finish. It is best to allow the stain to dry overnight before applying the clear coat. The clear coat will seal and protect your wood from the chances of water damage.

Paint

There are two basic types of paint – latex, and oil. Latex paints are water-based and will clean up with water; oil paints are oil-based and will clean up with paint thinner or mineral spirits.

Oil base paint is stronger than latex and it is best used on furniture and trim it can hold up to more wear and tear. Latex paint is best used outside of your home on your surfaces. You must use a latex or oil primer before using latex or oil paint.

Solid Stain

It is an opaque finish that hides the grain but allows the wood texture to be visible. It is self-adhering and formulated for scraping from foot traffic and one of its key benefits is that it tends to resist peeling on new surfaces.

Natural Finish

There is what we call natural finish, this means no stain or paints to apply to finish your wood. All you need is a clear-coat sealer to obtain the natural finish look and take note that clear-coating your wood will not change the color; it will maintain it.

Varnish

It is a very strong finish for any project. Varnish withstands weather and is opposed to chemicals. It is a stain and at the same time a sealer so there is no need to use a clear-coat protective finish. You can simply apply varnish using a brush or rag.

Once you apply to wooden furniture it forms a film. One of its jobs is to protect the wood from water, solvents, and heat. Every wood finish that belongs to the varnish category is solvent-resin mixed.

Solid Hardwood Floors: Essential Care

Having a Solid Hardwood floor in the comfort of your home is an additional beauty to enhance the appearance of your interiors. Normally, solid hardwood is installed in the living room, kitchen and dining room.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hard floors have a variety of widths, thickness, finishes and wood species. And the most common species are White Oak, Ash, Maple, Red oak, and Brazilian Cherry.

These floors are quite tough and had the ability to withstand dents, spills, and scratches. But they are not indestructible, so keep in mind that you have to put TLC with your solid hardwood flooring.

Essential Cares

Here are some essential cares to help you keep your flooring looking great for a long period of time.

  • The regular method you should know first is to sweep your floor regularly and then clean them with a mop that is only slightly damp.
  • When sweeping by slightly damp cloth, take note DO NOT use harsh cleaning agents as these will damage your floors.
  • We love our pets, especially if they play around BUT make sure to trim your pet’s nails regularly. To avoid scratches on the floor when they play and move around.
  • Considered cloth boots for dogs or keep dogs off the hardwood floors.
  • To avoid scratches and dents, place carpet runners in all high-traffic areas. Use cushioning pads beneath all furniture legs
  • Walking in stiletto on the floor can really hurt your flooring.
  • And carefully put carpet scraps with nap down under each leg of your furniture when moving around.
  • Always clean up liquid spills immediately.
  • DO NOT place your electronics directly on the floor as the heat generated from this devices can damage your flooring.
  • And lastly, protect your flooring from direct sunlight.

We know that solid hardwood floors really enhance beauty in our home but remember to give back TLC on your flooring for a long-lasting relationship.