Finishing Hardwood Floors
The best choices for high-traffic areas
After sanding and staining the wood floors in our living room,
dining room, and kitchen, what is the best sealer to use? They are high-traffic areas. Which is the most durable and will look the best after
several years of use?
— John, Normal, Illinois
Tom Silva replies: Whether water- or oil-based, a high-gloss finish is the
hardest around. Some people don't like the wet look of high gloss, so I
recommend using two coats of high-gloss and a third of semi-gloss or satin. If you like the wet look, do all three with high gloss. It's also
a good idea to protect high-traffic spots with an area rug.