When you choose to stain your floor rather than keep it natural, make sure you know the color you would like. There are quite a few shades to consider. After you have selected the color, now it is time to select the finish. It is important to note that there are two main types of finish: oil and water-based. Both of these finishes are available in semigloss, satin, and gloss sheens. The oil-based finishes will allow your wood floor to grow richer and darker in color with age. Each coat will take about 5 to 12 hours to dry.
The water-based finishes will dry clear on wood flooring so the wood will retain its original color. Water-based finishes are applied in thinner layers than oil finishes so you will have to use more coats. However, each coat takes about an hour to dry. If you have pets in your home that tend to scratch up flooring, water-based coatings are the best for your home because they are more scratch-resistant than the oil based finishes.
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