Floor Finish

If you’re looking into protecting and enhancing your floors, you have probably come across different kinds of floor finish and naturally are wondering what the best options are for you. Floor finish is an essential product when it comes to protecting your floors from dirt, damage and general wear and tear, especially in areas with heavy foot traffic like offices, commercial spaces and businesses.

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The Purpose of Floor Finish

Before deciding which type of floor finish is best for an area, it’s a good idea to get acquainted with the purpose of floor finish.  A floor finish is usually a liquid substance that is applied over a floor and forms a protective seal once it dries into a smooth, hard surface. Floor finish is intended to both protect floors and improve the natural appearance of most flooring types by adding a clean, glossy appearance to the material used and sealing it off from dirt, bacteria, scuffs and other types of abrasions.

How to Choose a Floor Finish

When selecting the best floor finish for an area there are several factors that you should take into account before deciding, such as the type of floor, the amount of foot traffic that it will be subject to, what kinds of toxins you are comfortable coming into contact with daily, what kind of time and resources are available for the cleaning and maintenance required and the overall cost of installation and maintenance. There are pros and cons to every floor finish, so get acquainted with the different types below.

Oil-Based Urethane

Oil-based urethane has a high-gloss appearance, and depending on the surface may require several coats, each of which can take up to 8 hours to cure. It fares well against exposure to chemicals, spills and damage.

Moisture-Cured Urethane

Moisture-cured urethane is a solvent-based polyurethane that is considered durable and noticeably resistant to water damage and moisture. Has a strong odor when drying due it’s chemical content.

Water-Based Urethane

Water-based urethane, like the one offered by Green Shield Floors, is notably less toxic and kinder to the environment than most other floor finishes. It effectively seals off flooring surfaces from moisture and bacteria, and applied properly takes very little time to dry, can initially be slightly more expensive than other finishes.


Wax is one of the oldest and most traditionally trusted floor finishes on the market, wax is known for its high shine, but has the downside of requiring constant buffing and reapplication in order to appear shiny and new and can release airborne toxins into the environment. It is often used over wood.


Lacquer is a synthetic floor sealer that dries quickly, however it’s good to note that lacquer isn’t favored by most flooring professionals seeing as it is not very resistant to spills and damage.

Green Shield Floors’ UV Coat — No Wax UV Floor Sealer

GSF_UV_Coat_logoWith recent advancements in technology, our UV floor sealer offers a lot of flexibility and advantages over traditional floor finishes. The sealer formulation allows it to be safely and instantly cured by an on-site calibrated UV light machine. This provides the floor finish with extreme durability and instantly, this is critical to many operations such as hospitals and medical clinics that can’t be shutdown for more than a few hours. The added benefit of this process is that it produces little to no volatile organic compounds which means a very environmentally friendly process. Learn more about UV Coat.

So now that you’re familiar with the different types of floor finish, it’s time to take a good look at what’s beneath your feet and decide what’s best for your space!