How Do You Prep Your Lambswool Applicator Before Finishing a Hardwood Floor?

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How Do You Prep Your Lambswool Applicator Before Finishing a Hardwood Floor?
Lambswool applicators provide a convenient way to create a beautiful floor finish. (texture of red wood - can be used as background image by Elnur from

Staining and finishing hardwood floors is a task that can stretch for hours or even days when you're down on your knees using a brush. Many people use a wider lambswool pad applicator to cut down the time it takes to finish their flooring surfaces. Properly preparing your applicator can save you the time and frustration of picking fuzz out of your finish during your application, because properly preparing the applicator cuts down on any shedding that may come from loose fibres within the pad.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Water or white spirit
  • Lambswool applicator
  • Painters' rags
  • Stain or topcoat

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  1. 1

    Remove any excess fibre from the lambswool applicator, and check that it is in good condition and free from fraying or tearing at the edges.

  2. 2

    Saturate the pad with the correct solvent for your floor finish--if you are using an oil-based finish, use white spirit. For a water-based finish, dampen the pad with water.

  3. 3

    Blot the pad out using painter's rags so that it is moistened with the solvent but does not actively drip.

  4. 4

    Dip the pad in your finish and begin applying the product to your flooring.

Tips and warnings

  • When using an oil-based product, be sure to properly ventilate your work area.

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