If you have a hardwood floor in your home, you may have a layer of polyurethane or some other chemical on it that will make it shine. However, if you have an older home or untreated wooden floors, you may have a dull wood floor. This is because floors were at one time waxed rather than treated with chemicals. Which way is best? Should you refinish your wood floors so that you can put polyurethane on them or should you wax? If you are tired of dull floors, but aren’t sure you want to wax, you should gain an understanding of the pros and cons of floor waxing your hardwood floors.
One of the major reasons you may want to consider wax over other types of wood floor treatments is the fact that it is a classic look. Wax penetrates deeply into the wood and gives it a shine that is subtle than other “shining methods”. Wax also has a unique scent that appeals to many people. It is somewhat easy to apply and you do not really have to wait before you can walk on it again.
The downside to floor waxing is that over time, it could permanently stain the wood floor. This happens because the wax will penetrate so deeply into the wood and darken it. You can slow this down or prevent it if you use a sealant that will soak into the wood and protect it from the wax that will seep into it. Wax floors do require maintenance. It takes time to apply wax and it will have to be repeated more than once.
If you are curious about other ways of achieving shine on your floors; you are probably aware that there are several options. Wood may be coated with polyurethane or moisture cured. It could also have an acid cured finish on it. In all cases, the shine will be relatively permanent. The downside is, if your wood floors are not already covered in it, you could have to deal with a lot of odor and have to stay off the floors for a while during the time that they are being treated. This is not always a viable option for people who have dull wooden floors throughout their home. Most people will not want to wait on polyurethane to dry, especially since it could take multiple layers to achieve a truly high gloss shine.