Protect Hardwood Floors with a Sealer

Choosing A Wood Floor Sealer

Lacquer wood sealer, very flammable, harsh fumes. If you apply too heavy of a jacket, your coat or polyurethane won’t bond. The up-side is that it’s going to seal in scents – such as odors, and will not raise the wood grain, so less buffing is required.

Fast drying poly sealer, Non flammable, gentle fumes, boosts topcoat adhesion and film build up, may be screened in 2 hours, and can be applied as a stand alone 3 coating application. I’d select this sort of wood flooring sealer, if I had to use a sealer for oil based polyurethane.

Water based wood floor sealer, non flammable, low odor, promotes topcoat adhesion and film build up. Will raise wood grain excessively, which means you’ll have to provide a very good screening to the floor. Uneven coating can cause tanning pull.

Universal timber sealers, flammable, light fumes, can be used with both water based and oil based polyurethane. I do not like universal goods, they do not perform and ones that are specified for water or petroleum, only.

Use the fast dry poly sealer or water based wood sealer, if you need to use a hardwood sealer, as they are not flammable and quite a bit safer to use. And as always, use a high quality sealer.

Applying The Sealer

Wood Sealers are one of the easiest wood floor finishes to apply. Use a lambs wool applicator and a brush that’s specified for oil paints only – quick release.

It’s important to use only oil paint applicator, to reduce puddling, to give proper protection, and also to enable the wood floor sealer to level itself properly. If you do get brush marks, then its no problems the polyurethane finish will get rid of them by itself.

Brush applicator – Start by cutting in the edges, with your brush, use a 3″ or 4″ brush, eliminate loose brush bristles prior to using. Carefully, coat the floor, avoid getting any hardwood floor bleach on other surfaces. If you inadvertently do, you can use mineral spirit to clean up it. Then complete your final brush strokes with the grain, when, upon the grain, you need to brush coating the edges. Remember to look for puddles, splashes, or drips. Be sure to employ the policy, so that the finish seals all of the wood pores when applying natural wood sealers.

Make certain to maintain a wet edge at all time. By doing this you’ll avoid lap marks that are unwanted.

Mop applicator – utilize a light lambs wool applicator. Remove any loose yarn in the applicator, you may use a vacuum to get this done. Avoid pulling on the wool, this can create fiber.Pour into a pail. Attach into a handle. Scrub the applicator with timber sealer. Start from furthest away from depart. Working in a 7’x 7′ area or smaller, apply a 12 inch x 5 ft puddle in front of you. Pre-coat the wood-flooring, mopping from the puddle. Apply pressure while your own cleaning.

Avoid applying pressure to the center of the handle, this can cause it to break. Overlap your moves.

It is vital that you pre-coat your flooring, using one forward and back pass, before you start your floor sealing project.  Making certain the wood flooring is coated, can allow you to place an even quantity of flooring finish across the surface.