How to Choose a Hardwood Floor Finish – Part 1

One of the most common questions we get asked is – What type of finish should I put on my hardwood floors?
That’s a great question to ask for two reasons, first because it can greatly affect the overall look and color of your floors, and second because it has a great impact on the durability of your floors. So obviously choosing the appropriate finish for you and your floors is very important.

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Rubio Monocoat Pre-Color Easy

This month I thought I’d introduce you to a newish Rubio Monocoat product that we haven’t had a chance to write about yet. It’s called RMC Pre-Color Easy and it is a very cool addition to the Rubio Monocoat line.


Basically it’s like a stain or dye that you apply to the wood before applying the Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C. But, unlike normal stain, because its specially developed to be used with the Oil Plus 2C, the molecular bonding of the oil to the wood (as we talked about in this blog post ) is still guaranteed.

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Custom Colored Floors

We have been having fun playing around and experimenting with different colors of stains, dyes, pre-treatments and hardwax oils recently. We have come up with some great combinations and I thought I’d share some of them with you this month to give you some inspiration for your own floors.


When it comes to hardwood flooring, most people are happy to stick with the tried and true traditional stain selections that have been around for many decades. They can be a very good choice too –  the reason they’re popular is because they work and are classic colors.

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2014 Hardwood Floor Expo in Nashville

This month was the yearly NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association) convention. It’s where all the wood flooring manufacturers, equipment companies, finish suppliers and pretty much anyone that has anything to do with the wood flooring industry here in North America go to hang out once a year. NWFA Nashville

As we like to keep on top of the industry advancements and changes we try to go each year. This year it was down in Nashville. Three of us decided to rent a car and go on a 9 hour “hardwood flooring” road trip.

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Vintage Floor Sanding Machine Ads

Sometimes it’s fun to see where we’ve come from. So this month we thought we’d look through our collection of vintage advertisements and share a few with our readers… in particular old wood floor sanding machine ads.


The vintage advertisements we found below are from way back in the 1900’s through the 1930’s and up to the 1950’s. It gives a small glimpse into the evolution of our two most used machines for refinishing hardwood floors – the belt sander and edger.

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Fume + Stain + Water Based Finish

This was an interesting project we finished last month. Our good friend Arvydas from Arch Remodeling (you can see some other interesting floors we have done for him on this page ), called us up and asked us to rescue this 1,600 square foot floor in a beautiful house north of Chicago.

Fumed and Stained Floor

To say the floor was in a bit of a mess would be quite an understatement. It was very dark, almost black in color, and the finish was very uneven in sheen and the color extremely blotchy. Most likely the previous “refinisher” tinted the final oil based finish coat with stain to try and get a darker shade to cover up his bad staining job 🙂

Below you can see some shots of the floor before we started on it…

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Why We Love Hardwax Oil Finishes…

Last month we were asked to come out and have a look at a tired and well worn hardwood floor that had been installed just over 7 years ago. It was one of the early floors that had hardwax oil finish applied… our beloved OSMO.


When we showed up to take a look, our first impression wasn’t good. The finish looked like it was in pretty rough shape from a complete lack of maintenance over the years.

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