Just installed a bamboo floor with a satin finish. I would think going over
the entire floor with some sort of sealer would be benificial in filling the
seams and adding some extra protection from scratches. No advice in
manufactures instructions one way or the other. Looking for
advice/expreiences... a liquid floor wax product ?, polyurathane - oil
based? water based?
You need to find out whats on it now, any wax will affect bonding. I
realy dought you need anything but to put on a Poly would require
sanding the floor for anything to adhere. I know someone that put poly
on a parquet floor and it peeled, probebly from a wax in the original
I installed a bamboo floor from Ikea that had a poor finish, so I sanded it
lightly and applied two coats of Minwax Polyurethane For Floors,
It turned out fine, a big improvement. I did a sample board first to test
You get four "don't do it!" answers and one "I did it because my
finish sucked." and you're interested in the my finish sucked reply.
Does your finish suck? Or is it more along the lines of, well I'd
like to help the finish along some to keep it looking good? If it's
the first, you shouldn't have put down the flooring in the first
place. If it's the second, be aware that a lot of the factory
finishes have aluminum oxide in them and they're baked on which makes
it far more durable. You won't be able to replicate that. If you
don't know what finish is on the bamboo, and your finish doesn't suck,
you shouldn't be thinking that you're going to "improve" it.
There's a reason that there's no mention of a sealer in the
manufacturer's literature. Same reason they didn't mention how to
remove the flooring. It's unnecessary information. Contact the
manufacturer and get tech support to weigh in on your plans. Don't
consider it to be your plans were shot down, consider it to be that
you now have some free time to spend on another project that actually
If your floor scratches easily you should probably do it right now. If it
has a durable finish I would wait and see what happens.
If you do it, use oil base, not latex. Oil base has better adhesion and
probably wears better.
Don't wax it if you think you might eventually apply a coat of urethane
because you might have adhesion problems.
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