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Question:

Hello!

I have two large dogs and they have scratched my wood floor. I know I have to sand and completely refinish, but is there anything I can do for more protection with regards to a certain type of finish product? Or should I rough up the floor completely, sort of like a barn floor and still put some type of urethane protection over this??? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Kim

Answer:



Dear Kim

I hate to say this but recoating a rough floor won't last long either. So either sand the floor professionally and have it coated with a finish that you will feel comfortable re-coating yourself as often as you wish. Read my article in the Floored News section about the Dura Seal 1000 water base finish. It is not the most durable finish ever made but due to the fast dry and ease of use, you may find that you can do the maintenance coating easily yourself.

So that all said, have the floor sanded by a pro, but do the coatings yourself, that's the fun part anyway. You then become the finish expert.

You might also read my floor maintenance article in the Floored News section. In your case a well finished and cured wood floor finish can be waxed instead. The article mentions the two kinds of waxes used on wood floor. You will find that a paste wax will offer some lubrication to the floor surface, so that the floor finish itself won't get scratched, but please read the whole article, there are disadvantages to this also.

As always your Most humble servant, Joseph, the Wood Floor Doctor.

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