A dull and lifeless floor might need a good deep clean, in which case you should look at the CK Wood Floor Sanders & Restorers Restoring page. A stain might be the answer, but often all that’s needed to bring a hardwood floor back to life is a brand new finish.

There are dozens of different finishing options available, but not all of them are applicable with a certain type of floor and/or previous finish. Some are not compatible with waxed wood floors for example, and you may just dislike the results of a particular finish once it’s done. This can prove to be a bit of a minefield.

Finish Options

There are several available hardwood floor finishes. Which one suits you and your floor best?

Contemporary Finish

Many of our methods are aimed at giving classic or traditional finishes, but we do have an alternative if you have a more contemporary space or need. Our contemporary finish provides the same protection as the classical finish but doesn’t alter the wood’s natural appearance. In short, if you want your wood to look naked, our contemporary finish is the one for you!



Any style and decor can be enhanced with a classic finish, which offers the same effect as a traditionally sealed, varnished floor. A classically finished floor will complement the hardwood by intensifying the wood’s richer tones.



Why would you get your floor oiled? People who favour an oiled finish like the feel and warmth underfoot that it offers. It also gives a greater depth to the wood, as it sinks deep into the wood’s fibres.



Lacquering, or varnishing is the ultimate low maintenance option. The durability that this choice gives a wood floor protects against only the most stubborn stains and gouges. Anything less can be easily dealt with with a simple to use application of floor polish.



When applied well, a stain can really emphasise the wood’s grain to its maximum. Staining works particularly well with pine floors, which can sometimes appear a little ‘washed out’ if simply coated with a lacquer or oil finish. Staining is also the ideal option if a darker than natural wood colour is desired.


There are various floor “renewal kits” and “revivers” on the market, available for any DIYer to buy and use. Many of them are good products and give super results, but they’re generally a lot more awkward to use than expected, and if used under the wrong circumstances or in the wrong way, they can cause more damage to the poor original floor.

So why not simply hide that dirt and grime under a good dark stain? This is quite a common thought, but unfortunately, any dust and dirt particles that are there are even more noticeable once the stain seals them in. You can read more about staining on the CK Wood Floor Sanders & Restorers Staining page.

There are various other things to think about when deciding upon a finish. You may love a shiny, glossy floor, but the chance of slipping on a hardwood floor is greatly increased with this type of finish over a satin, matt or waxed finish.

Once you’ve got your hardwood floor just the way you want it, ask about our “Love Your Floor” maintenance and care plan, which will save you a great deal of time and trouble.



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