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Seal Doesn't Mean "Finish"

Unveiling the Distinction: Seal Doesn’t Mean “Finish” in Hard Floor Care

In the realm of hard floor care, the terms “sealer” and “finish” are often used interchangeably, but there exists a crucial distinction that merits attention. We recently encountered a scenario that underscored the importance of this difference, prompting us to shed light on the nuances between floor sealers and finishes.

The Essence of Floor Sealers: Penetration and Bonding

Floor sealers play a pivotal role in hard floor maintenance. Think of them as the primer before the paint – they penetrate porous materials, forming a bonding substrate for subsequent floor finishes. It’s akin to preparing a canvas before painting; the sealer provides a foundation for the final masterpiece. Sealers do not, however, yield a waterproof high-gloss finish on their own; this is where floor finishes come into play.

Topical vs. Penetrating Sealers: Understanding the Variance

Within the realm of floor sealers, there are topical and penetrating variants. Topical sealers, while fast-drying, have the drawback of drying hard, making future modifications challenging. They are also prone to chipping and cracking. On the other hand, penetrating sealers are designed to delve deep into porous materials like concrete, stone, wood, and various tiles, offering a more comprehensive protective layer.

Penetrating Sealers: Vital for Porous Materials

Porous materials demand the protection of penetrating floor sealers. Concrete, stone, brick, wood, VCT, LVT, and commercial vinyl tile benefit from the deeper shield these sealers provide. We advocate for water-based sealers in most cases, as solvent-based products may compromise material integrity.

The Unseen Steps in “Strip & Wax” Procedures

When engaging in a “Strip & Wax” process, there’s more to it than meets the eye. After stripping, the floor must be neutralized and rinsed with water. For new floors or those stripped back to their base, a minimum of one coat of sealer (or two for new floors) is applied, followed by 2-3 coats of what is commonly referred to as “wax,” but is actually floor finish.

Quality Prevails: No Compromises on Commercial Grade Products

In the world of hard floor care, shortcuts seldom yield satisfactory results. While there are products claiming to combine sealer and finish functions, discerning consumers prioritize quality. A robust, low-solids sealer ensures proper penetration and establishes a sound bonding surface for a superior commercial floor finish with mid-to-high solids.

Your Path to Impeccable Hard Floor Care: Contact Us

At our core, we understand the intricacies of hard floor care. If you seek professional guidance, whether for a nuanced understanding or tailored solutions, Scrub and Shine is here to assist. Contact us to discuss your unique situation – let us elevate your hard floor care experience.

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