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The right number of coats

February 25, 2013

FORT WORTH, TX — This month's Powr-Flite Floor Care Troubleshooter focuses on a question that frequently comes up when performing floorcare tasks: How many coats of finish should be applied to a floor, according to a press release.

floor finishThere is no set number of coats that work in all situations and that all cleaning experts agree on; however, there are some general guidelines that seem to be widely accepted," the release stated.

Mike Englund, cleaning trainer and product manager for Powr-Flite, suggests that cleaning professionals should first understand the purpose of floor finish, the release noted.

"Ultimately, the reason finish is applied to floors is to protect them from scuff marks and scratches that can damage the floor. Its secondary benefit is the shine it can put on the floor," said Englund.

According to the release, when it comes to determining how many coats of finish are necessary to protect the floor and produce a shine, Englund advises the following:

  • Two coats of finish act as a sealer
  • Three to four coats produce a shine
  • Five to six coats produce a glossy shine and are necessary for floor areas that get moderate to heavy foot traffic.
  • Seven to eight coats "will produce a high-gloss shine, often referred to as a 'wet look,' and this number is recommended in very busy areas."

Click here to read the release in its entirety.