Finishing an oak floor takes several steps to do the job properly. Applying a penetrating sealer is one of those steps. This will seal oak wood pores and help protect the wood. You have two choices of sealers. One is a slow drying sealer, which is a good choice for people with no or a limited knowledge about applying a sealer. A fast drying sealer has a tendency to show lap marks or have a splotchy appearance in the end unless used by a professional.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Wood sealer
- String mop
- Lamb's wool pad applicator
- Clean cloth
- No. 2 steel wool
- Electric polisher
- Tack cloth
Vacuum the floor to make sure you have all the dirt, dust and debris off the floor.
Apply the wood sealer in a generous amount to the wood. Using a clean string mop, lamb's wool pad applicator or a wide brush, apply the sealer going in the direction of the wood grain.
Wipe off any excess sealer with a clean, dry cloth. Leave this to dry for four to six hours.
Buff the wood's surface with a No. 2 steel wool either by hand or with an electric polisher. Vacuum the floor's surface again and use a tack cloth to remove all of the dust.
Apply a second coat, repeating steps 2 and 3.
Leave this to dry for eight hours or overnight.
Tips and warnings
- Wear goggles and a face mask to protect your eyes and lungs while working.
- Work in a well-ventilated room.
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