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Do You Know How Many Coats of Finish Should Be Applied?

There is no set number of coats that work in all situations

February 20, 2013
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This 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 Mike Englund, a cleaning trainer and product manager for Powr-Flite, there is no set number of coats that work in all situations and that all cleaning experts agree on.

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; "this creates the 'foundation' necessary to protect the floor and to build a shine."
  • Three to four coats produce a shine; "this should prove adequate for a floor area that gets light to moderate foot traffic."
  • 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."

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