Floor finishes are primarily used for two reasons: to add shine to floors and to protect them from wear. This may seem straightforward enough, but selecting the right floor finish can actually be quite tricky.

What you need to know BEFORE you start looking:

  • What type of equipment do you use to restore your floors?
  • How many times a month do you restore your floors? (Consider your maintenance budget)

How much traffic does your floor get?

Floor finishes can vary in a number of ways. To make the right choice, keep the following in mind:

Durability: The durability of a floor finish depends on the quality of the polymers used in the finish and the number of coats applied.

Sheen level: Every finish offers a certain level of sheen, which can range from matte to ultra-glossy. The glossiest finishes require more frequent maintenance using specific machines and buffers.

Type of flooring: The floor finish must be compatible with the flooring; keep in mind that not all floors are compatible with a floor finish.

Daily maintenance: The amount of time that needs to be allocated to maintaining the finish will have a direct impact on your labour costs. Avoid using a high-gloss finish if you do not have the necessary equipment or labour budget to properly maintain it.

Number of coats and drying time: Approximately 80% of the total cost of applying a floor finish goes to labour, so keep the number of coats and drying time in mind.


Other important criteria:

  • Type and intensity of floor traffic
  • Site-specific contract constraints that may limit your options
  • Experience level of staff who will be applying and maintaining the finish

In short, to properly choose a floor finish, you need to know what type of flooring you’ll be working with, along with your existing equipment, budget, available staff and the facility in question.

Consulting a floor finish specialist will ensure you choose the right finish for your needs. It’ll save you not only headaches, but time and money as well.

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