How to seal concrete floors

How to seal concrete floors

A crew applies concrete sealer to a stamped driveway using a sprayer and rollers. Decorative Concrete Institute

Concrete sealers protect your concrete from weather exposure, water, grease and oil stains, abrasion and deicing salts. They also help bring out the natural beauty of your concrete and make it easier to clean. But in order for a sealer to work, it must be applied properly. Each step will have an impact on the final outcome. Following are some tips for applying concrete sealer properly.

Here’s a step-by-step summary of how to seal concrete:

  1. Remove all oil, grease, stains, dirt, and dust from the concrete
  2. Strip any existing sealer from the surface
  3. Open up the concrete with an etching solution
  4. Apply a thin coat of sealer using a roller or sprayer
  5. Wait for the first layer of sealer to dry
  6. Apply a second coat in the opposite direction
  7. Allow the sealer to fully dry before walking or driving on your concrete

While many homeowners attempt to seal their own concrete, it can be trickier than you think. To ensure it is done properly, hire a concrete contractor near you. If you know who originally worked on your concrete, they may offer a maintenance package that includes sealing every few years.

Note: Whichever brand of sealer you use, be sure to follow the specific instructions recommended by the product manufacturer, since they may differ from the general guidelines given here. Find the best concrete sealer for your project.

When to seal concrete

When you apply sealer can be important as well. Here are some guidelines:

  • Allow new concrete to cure completely (at least 28 days or as recommended).
  • Most sealers must be applied under dry conditions. Applying to damp concrete could cause haziness or loss of adhesion.
  • Air temperatures should be above 50°F during sealer application and for at least 24 hours after.

Preparing concrete for sealing

Surface preparation before applying a sealer to existing concrete is extremely important. All oil, grease, stains, dirt, and dust must be removed or they may prevent the sealer from adhering properly. Also, if a sealer is being applied over a different brand of sealer, most manufacturers advise removing all traces of previously used sealers, since the products may not be compatible. Some manufacturers recommend etching the surface first with an etching solution to ensure the best adhesion. (See Cleaning Concrete.)

How to apply concrete sealer

Using the right tools is critical to achieving the best coverage rate and sealer thickness for optimal performance. The two most common methods of applying sealers to concrete surfaces are by roller or sprayer, often depending on whether the sealer is solvent- or water-based. Always refer to the manufacturer’s specific application guidelines. (See Choosing the Best Sealer Applicator.)

Whether you are rolling or spray applying a sealer, always strive for maximum coverage. The typical coverage rate is 250 to 300 square feet per gallon, depending on the porosity of the concrete.

How many coats of concrete sealer?

The most important rule to remember is that less is more. It’s best to apply two thin coats, making sure the sealer doesn’t puddle or form uneven, thick areas. When applying a second coat of sealer, apply it in the opposite direction (or perpendicular) to the first coat to ensure even coverage. Wait to apply the second coat of sealer for the time recommended by the manufacturer (typically two to four hours).

Concrete sealer dry time

Always allow the sealer to dry completely before exposing it to foot or vehicle traffic. Drying times before exposure to heavy traffic can be as long as three days.

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How to seal concrete floors How often concrete needs to be sealed is dependent upon several factors. Some of these include: the life of the sealer applied, outdoor elements, and the vehicle or pedestrian traffic on the concrete surface.

Warehouses, driveways, concrete in frequent contact with water, and concrete in harsh winter environments may need to be sealed more frequently. Most interior concrete, depending on use, only needs to be sealed once with frequent waxing and polishing applied to maintain and protect the floor.

Sealing concrete protects your investment. There are many types of concrete sealers. Most concrete sealers enhance the look of the concrete (concrete slab, decorative concrete, concrete stain, brick). In addition to enhancing the appearance, concrete sealers can protect the concrete from staining and corrosion, increasing the life of the concrete.

Why you should use a concrete sealing product

Concrete doesn’t have to be sealed but the additional benefits of applying a high-quality sealer to your driveway will be worth the extra money and effort per square foot the sealer and application will cost.

Sealing a cement driveway not only will extend its service life, and improve the appearance of decorative concrete by enhancing the color, sheen and gloss.

Applying sealer to a driveway is easy for any contractor, and in most cases a standard residential driveway can be sealed in less than a day for a hard worker.

Applying a concrete sealer does not require expensive equipment or special skills, so a handy do-it-yourselfer can often tackle the project. Or you can hire a qualified installer to do the work for you.

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How to seal concrete floors

The best basement floor sealer is one that corrects any existing defects in the concrete slab while serving to enhance the overall purpose of the room. Basements which are prone to water leakage and standing moisture should be treated with a penetrating sealer which can combat those issues. Individuals who wish to create a finished look in this area of their homes but do not struggle with water issues, should use an epoxy sealer.

Basement floors are typically made from concrete. They are poured directly against the dirt and serve as the foundation of the home. This type of material is semi-porous, allowing ground water to soak through and enter the home. Applying a good basement floor sealer to this area can prevent excess water moisture from accumulating in the living space.

A basement floor sealer is different from concrete paint. Many brands of paint approved for use on concrete also claim to provide a moisture barrier. These paints, while thick enough to avoid soaking into the concrete, are not strong enough to prevent large amounts of water vapor from seeping through the floor. Sealants are generally clear and are labeled for use as a sealant only and not for any other home improvement projects.

Penetrating sealants are the best type to use when attempting to prevent water leakage, which is a common problem. This type of basement floor sealer can soak through the pours of the floor slab up to a depth of 4 inches (about 10.2 centimeters). The chemical expands and binds with the lime naturally occurring throughout the concrete. A network of crystalline structures is formed that creates a hard and impenetrable surface. Water can continue to condense on the outside of the concrete, but it will not travel through to the interior of the home.

Using a penetrating sealer on the floor will also prevent the leakage of harmful gases into the home from the subsoil. Unlike surface sealants, which only rest on top of the concrete like a plastic shield, a penetrating sealant bonds with the concrete to create a new barrier. This chemical is safe to use with any type of additional flooring the homeowner may wish to install. Treated wood, carpet pads, tiles, and vinyl can be adhered to or laid over this surface without damaging the new materials.

An epoxy sealant is the best choice for homeowners who want a finished look for the concrete basement floor and do not face water issues. An epoxy sealant is similar to paint in that it is tinted and creates a glossy finish. It is much thicker than standard concrete paint, however, and can also fill in small nicks and cracks that may be present in older basement slabs. Certain types of epoxy may also be sold with a non-skid agent, which is ideal for use in areas which may receive a high volume of foot traffic.

Acrylic sealers and urethane are the other most commonly sold chemicals used as basement floor sealers. Acrylic sealers are either water based or solvent based and only serve to create a thin barrier that rests on top of the concrete slab. They are the least expensive type of sealant available and must be reapplied frequently. The solvent-based type of acrylic sealer and urethane are both extremely toxic and should only be used when proper ventilation is available to the work area. These types of sealants are not good choices for individuals with respiratory problems or in homes with small children.

How to seal concrete floors

Have you noticed water seeping through concrete floors in your home? Is your garage or basement floor damp? If so, the concrete foundation of your home or garage may be in danger. The good news? Preventing damage could be as simple as sealing your floors.

Read on to learn how to seal concrete floors from moisture.

First, Why Seal Concrete?

Water seeping through concrete floors in a basement or garage leaves your home susceptible to big problems. This water can affect the structural integrity of your home and be a catalyst for unhealthy mold and mildew growth. Over time, with constant exposure to moisture, a small crack in a concrete wall can morph into a big problem, allowing insects and the elements into your house.

Sealing your home’s concrete surfaces is an important type of preventative maintenance. Taking care of your home’s concrete before you have a problem (or larger problem) is key to maintaining your home’s indoor air quality and foundational integrity.

How to Seal Concrete (the Right Way)

There are four key steps to sealing a cement surface like a garage or basement floor the right way: 1) selecting the appropriate sealant, 2) cleaning the surface, 3) fixing cracks, and 4) sealant application.

Follow the instructions below for a quality seal:

  1. Pick Out Your Concrete Sealer – There are a variety of sealers, so it’s important to select the one that’s best for your project. Here are the options available for concrete surfaces:
    • Acrylic sealer – This easy-to-apply sealer is best for basements and other concrete floors that will not come into contact with oil or grease. Acrylic sealer sits on top of the concrete instead of seeping in, which makes it ideal for sealing interior floors.
    • Epoxy sealer – More durable than acrylic, this type of sealant protects against grease and oil, and is perfect for a basement, garage or outdoor shed. There are also a few color varieties so you can select your own finish.
    • Polyurethane sealer – This type of sealer has a more durable finish than acrylic and epoxy sealer, and it also has UV protection. It’s often used as an overcoat for an epoxy sealer in interior indoor concrete surfaces.
    • Siloxane sealer – Lasting for up to 20 years, this sealer penetrates concrete for top protection. This is a common sealant for indoor and outdoor surfaces such as driveways, patios and garages.
  2. Clean Your Floors

Make sure you take the time to thoroughly clean your concrete floors (or walls) to ensure they’re ready to be sealed. Here are the steps:

  • Move all items out of the area.
  • Sweep all dirt, dust and debris away with a broom.
  • Remove oil, grease, paint and any other stains that may be on your concrete floors. To clean your floors, spray or pour a concrete cleaner onto the floor and use a scrubbing brush or broom (depending on how large the surface area is) to rub it into the concrete.
  • Use a hose to rinse the cleaner off the concrete. Be sure to make a plan for drying or draining the floor surface after rinsing.
  • Let your concrete fully dry for 24 hours.
  1. Fill in Any Cracks

After your floors are clean and dry, locate any cracks or holes in your concrete. Repair them by applying concrete repair caulk and using a towel or washable cloth to smooth it out. Let the caulk dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  1. Apply Concrete Floor Sealant – Once you‘ve selected your sealant and fully prepped your surface, you’re ready to apply the sealant. Here are the steps to successfully apply sealant to your concrete surface (two coats are recommended):
    • Make sure windows are open and the area is properly ventilated.
    • Apply the sealant with a 9″ roller. Use a paintbrush to cut-in, ensuring the corners and edges are properly sealed.
    • Let the sealant dry. Make sure to view your sealant directions for recommended drying time. Depending on your sealant, the waiting time can be between two hours and two days.
    • Apply a second coat of sealant using both the roller and brush.
    • Let the final coat of sealant set for three to four days, or the recommended time on the manufacturer’s instructions, before returning all the items onto the floor.

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PVA is a great adhesive and we use it for so many DIY tasks in and outside of the home. In this post, we will be explaining how and why you should use a simple PVA mix to seal any concrete floor outside and inside your home.

Yes, there are many concrete sealers on the market but most do not work as well as a strong PVA mix, also its a very cheap way to effectively seal any concrete floor.

What Is PVA?

PVA or (polyvinyl acetate) is well-known wood glue that has many names such as white glue, chippy glue, school glue and bulders glue! It has many names and is suitable for many jobs.

When you apply PVA it’s white, but when it sets or dries it becomes translucent (clear). It is the most used glue for DIY purposes and will always be.

How To Seal Concrete Floors With PVA?

Before brushing your PVA solution on your concrete floor you must make sure it’s free of dust and grit. We use a hoover and a stiff brush to remove any debris from the concrete floor.

Once you have made sure there is no debris left then grab a soft brush and apply the solution evenly. You will only need to apply one coat and it should dry within 8 – 10 hours.

Once it dries it becomes waterproof and clear so you will not see the milky white solution. Another benefit of sealing your concrete floor with PVA is that it soaks deep into your concrete making it stronger, waterproof and ready for painting.

The PVA Concrete Sealing Solution

There are many versions of this PVA mix, but we keep it simple because we know it works. Grab your self a bucket, add 2 litres of water and 2 litres of PVA, give it a good mix and you’re ready to go.

  • Half PVA and half water
  • Mix together and apply with a soft brush

Can I seal Outside Concrete Floors?

Yes, you can use this PVA concrete sealer inside and outside. It does not matter where it’s applied once it dries it will seal and waterproof your concrete floors. You can use it on:

  1. Garage floors
  2. Garden Patio
  3. Pathways
  4. Driveways
  5. All masonry floors

Conclusion

PVA is a great solution, there are many brands of concrete floor sealers available in the UK. But PVA has always been our first option because it’s perfect for concrete.

Many discussions have been surrounded by this formula but the arguments are from companies selling their sealers and DIY enthusiasts with not much experience in DIY.

All we know it works and works extremely well, we advise our readers to take advantage of this solution and enjoy a waterproof and sealed concrete floor for many years to come.

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Peter Fleming says

Hi if I use the 50/50 pva mix on my garage floor, do I still need to thin the first coat of garage paint as some suggest? Also I was going to use Leyland floor paint.. What’s your recommendation?

No, because you have sealed the floor with a PVA 50/50 mix you can apply any floor paint neat from the tin. The watered-down paint solution is a bad way to seal your concrete floors!

The best floor paints for garages: https://wezaggle.com/what-are-the-best-garage-floor-paints/ Although we also listed Leyland to be the best brand for concrete floors!

Hope this helps

Edward Hardin says

I have lots of old paint on my concrete thats near impossible to get off. Can I play over it and repaint?

Hey Edward,
I would suggest you sand away the paint to it’s flush before painting. Seal it again and paint, if you do not sand the previous paint it will stick out once painted again.

Hope this helps

Can a PVA’d concrete floor be the finish or does it need to be painted also ?

Yes it can be finished with a PVA mix

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Q. We stained and sealed our concrete floor in our new house. I think we did this too soon, and the floor has been scuffed, scratched, and spotted during the building process. What is the process to re-seal the floor?

A. To reseal a concrete floor all you have to do is vacuum and wash the floor. Use 2 OZ of white vinegar mixed with 1 gallon of water.

Mop and scrub the floor, rinse and vacuum the water up. Let the floor dry for 24 hrs then apply the same sealer you used before.

Here are some tips to maintain your new stained floor.

Your Custom Interior Floor may last a lifetime if properly maintained. Plastic glides, Felt Pads or Magic Movers should be affixed to heavy furnishings or those which will move frequently. Use the same precautions you would use for a Hard Wood Floor. A Door Mat at the outside (Hemp or Rope style) and inside entrance (one with a solid backing that can be shook off outside) of a home will pick up over 85% of the dirt that would otherwise be tracked inside.

One important thing to mention about your walk-off mat is how to choose one. For the first month, an open-back mat such as a carpet remnant should be used while the sealer/finish cures. Plastic-backed products should NOT be used for your mats. An acrylic or plastic backed mat can cause discoloration under and around the mat. This phenomenon is called Plasticizer Migration. This is caused when a plasticizer in a floor mat or floor material transfers itself (migrates) into the floor finish or sealer. A Plasticizer is an ingredient of a floor finish (or flooring/mat product) that makes it more flexible and less brittle. This is accomplished with an additive which reduces intermolecular forces in the polymers. Since the intermolecular forces are reduced, the molecules in the Plastic mat surface next to your floor will actually want to bond with the molecules in the sealer MORE than the sealer bonds to the concrete. Then when you pull up the mat, you may be tearing up part of your sealer. If a solid backed mat is used, it should be a mat with a backing of 100% Rubber material.

Here is how to care for your floor:

Daily dust mopping removes the fine dust and grit which can grind away floor finish. It will help prevent major floor finish deterioration caused by normal foot traffic. The best results are obtained by using a Micro-Fiber Dust Mop. The following procedures should be followed:

1. Dust mop the floor in one continuous movement without lifting the mop off the floor. Overlap your stroke on each pass (you can also vacuum).

2. Clean the dust mop after each use by shaking it outdoors, brushing it with a brush over a garbage can, or vacuuming it.

3. NEVER use a “Swiffer Wet-Jet” type of cleaning tool. The liquid in these devices contain trace amounts of Solvent material. The Solvent will not harm the sealer but will cause the wax to egg-shell. Also, you should not use Ammonia, Bleach or Pine Sol.

Damp mopping – use cool water
1. Damp mopping with cool water and a neutral ph cleaner extends the floor finish life. It will not dull the finish and will enhance the gloss retention.

2. Follow the recommended dilution rates on label directions.

3. The mop should be wrung out tightly so that it is just damp. Do not allow the cleaning solution to puddle.

4. NEVER use a “Swiffer” type of cleaning tool. I know this is a repeat from above but I must state this again. The liquid in these devices contain trace amounts of Solvent material. The Solvent will not harm the sealer but will cause the wax to egg-shell. Also, no Amonia, Bleach or Pine Sol.

Waxing – Wax is the sacrificial coating to protect the sealer and bear the brunt of the scuff and scratches. Use a 20% minimum solids wax. No Mop-n-Glo or similar wax should be used.

1. How often you need to re-wax depends on the abuse you, your children or pets put on the floor. It varies by owner and may be anywhere from every 3 months to every year.

2. Use a looped-end Rayon mop — synthetics release material cotton absorbs — or a Lambs Wool Applicator.

3. Pour a dinner-plate sized puddle on the floor and spread it evenly and thinly. Spread the material across the surface and let it dry for 1 hour. You are now ready for foot traffic again.

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If you plan to go over the concrete with another flooring material that needs to bond to the surface (tile), then no, leave it unsealed.

Once you pull up the carpet & linoleum, you’ll have glue to remove from the surface of the concrete and tack strips that usually leave small divots in the surface of the concrete floor.

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If you have a commercial, residential or industrial setting and you have had a newly installed concrete floor, you have probably been told to seal it off. What these contractors do not tell you is why, how, or what to use when it comes to sealing the concrete. You need to seal concrete floors to protect your concrete from water, daily wear and tear, and harsh chemicals. Exposure to these conditions could lead to mildew and mold and could pose a threat to the foundation of your construction.

How to seal concrete floors

The plus side to having a concrete floor is that they are durable and easy to clean. However, a concrete floor is also vulnerable to contaminants and spills. No matter how hard the surface is, it is bound to crack with time. This is a major concern especially if you have stained or decorative flooring. You need to do what you can to maintain the pristine condition of your concrete floor.

When you do research on how to seal concrete floors, you are likely to be confused by the jargon and process and may be deceived by claims of great performance. This is bound to happen when you are looking for a general sealant for your concrete floor. If you are aiming to find the best sealer for concrete floors , then you do not need to go any further: simply read our comprehensive guide, which also tells you the types of products there are on the market. But if you are looking for an in-depth guide on the what, how, or why of concrete floor sealing, read on.

Is Floor Sealer and Floor Paint the Same?

Let us get this off the table first — concrete floor sealers are used to seal and bind the surface, whereas floor paints are available in a whole spectrum of sheens. Also, floor sealers can just be left like that or can be painted over. There are plenty of concrete floor sealants, like the Quikrete Acrylic Concrete Cure Seal, which leaves a lovely stain like finish which is not too glossy.

How to seal concrete floors

Is it Necessary to Seal your Concrete Floor?

Knowing how to seal concrete floors is a must. If you have a concrete floor, chances are that your contractor told you about the benefits of sealed concrete. Concrete is a porous material that has a tendency to absorb liquids. Sealing concrete floors will not only enhance its look and feel but also protect your concrete floor from hazards such as spilling, erosion, or damage caused by high traffic.

How to seal concrete floors

On unsealed concrete, freezing climates can cause the frozen liquids to expand and cause damage that will need filling. Other stuff that can damage the floor would be salt, oil, chemicals, or fertilizers. So, by sealing the concrete (or waxing it in some cases), you are creating a barrier between the concrete and these other elements, thereby protecting the concrete.

Does It Make Changes to the Appearance?

Sealing the concrete floor may or may not change the appearance, depending on the type of concrete sealant. You will hardly be able to tell that there is a concrete sealer if you use a chemically reactive sealer because it is absorbed in the floor. If you use an epoxy or a solvent-based concrete sealer, it will give your concrete floor a wet, high-gloss appearance, making the colors look a lot more enhanced. If you use a water-based acrylic sealer, the colors on your floor will look moderately enhanced and glossy.

How to seal concrete floors

There are sealers known as urethanes, which are generally applied over epoxies as a topcoat, and are available in gloss or matte (for a less shiny surface). Some concrete floor sealants may even be colored with tints or opaque shades.

When Should You Apply the Sealer?

Again, this depends on the kind of sealer you are using on your concrete floor. There are high-performance coatings, such as urethanes and epoxies, which should only be applied after the concrete has cured completely (usually, this could take between 25 and 30 days). There are other types of products which are reactive ( penetrative ) that should be applied as soon as the concrete can take the weight of the installers. These are known as silicates and siliconates. But, as a general thumb rule, nearly all sealers can be applied after the concrete floor has cured.

Will Applying Concrete Sealer Make Your Floor Slippery?

When a concrete sealer is applied to the concrete floor, it will usually be slippery initially while it is wet – just like any other wet surface. But again, it depends on the kind of sealant you are using. A water-based sealer will be less slippery when compared with a solvent-based sealer. So, for these, there are traction additives that can be used with such sealers, and you can ask your local hardware seller for recommendations. These additives are very essential, especially in areas that see a lot of foot or vehicular traffic.

How to seal concrete floors

How Long Will the Concrete Sealer Last?

There are some factors at play here – mostly the environment. The period is usually 10 years or so, in the case of reactive chemical sealers, which will last as long as the substrate surface. And depending on the traffic in the area, urethane or epoxy will behave in a similar manner (a wide range of 5 to 10 years). Acrylic resin sealers do a great job of enhancing the look of your concrete floor, such as the Black Diamond Stoneworks Stone Sealer, but they seem to have the shortest lifespans and generally last 1 to 3 years at best.

Other factors that may influence the life span of a concrete sealer are:

How to seal concrete floors

A home is more than just a space to live in. It’s an investment and a place that should meet your aesthetic preferences. However, personal taste and style can change over time. The flooring design you chose years ago may not be what you are looking for today. Using a floor wax and sealer, you can easily renew, gloss up, or even tone down how your floor looks to meet your current needs.

One common misconception is that if you do not want your floor to have a shiny appearance, then you should not seal or wax the floor. However, using a sealer and or floor wax on waxable floor types such as concrete, tile, linoleum, and laminate is a good idea because it provides an extra layer of durability. The wax acts as a protective coat on the floor, and makes cleaning and maintenance much easier and less expensive. Most hardwood and laminate floors are already sealed, so you only need to apply a wax for those floor types.

If you want to change the aesthetic of your floor, then you will have a choice between a high gloss, semi-gloss, satin, or matte finish. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering the different options.

High Gloss Floor Wax Finish

How to seal concrete floors

Because of their reflective properties, glossy floors work well in darker rooms that don’t receive as much natural sunlight. These floor types tend to simulate the look of marble and other expensive flooring products with a rich wet look.

A high gloss finish is very shiny and pronounced. It is often a good choice for luxury offices, studies, churches, ballrooms, gym floors and bowling alleys. However, it does require a bit more cleaning and maintenance because it will show more dust and footprints. High gloss is the most popular floor finish we see from our customers at Concrete Camouflage and for good reason – many people enjoy the upscale and polished look it provides.

Semi-Gloss Floor Wax Finish

A sem-gloss finish is more reflective than satin but has less sheen than a high gloss finish. Semi-gloss is a popular choice, and works well if you want your floor to have some shine but are concerned that a high gloss finish will be too dramatic.

Satin Floor Finish

How to seal concrete floors

A satin finish has the less sheen than a semi-gloss finish, but slightly more shine than matte. The surface is easy to clean and usually lasts longer than semi or high gloss finished floors.

Matte Floor Finish

How to seal concrete floors

A matte finish protects and enhances a floor by offering a natural, understated look while keeping the depth and low luster. It’s a common selection for individuals who do not want their floor to have a shiny appearance as well as outdoor use where they want a more natural matte look. Compared to a glossy finish, matte concrete floors often do a better job of hiding imperfections such as dirt and scuff marks.

Which Floor Wax Finish Should I Use?

We offer two types of mop on floor waxes at Concrete Camouflage: Gloss Floor Wax and Matte Wax.

For both floor waxes, we recommend applying two initial coats of floor wax for standard floors, and three to four coats for homes with active pets and high traffic commercial areas. Then additional single coats can be applied for maintenance as needed.

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Gloss Floor Wax

Top Shield High Traffic mop on style floor wax for both Interior and Exterior floors.

If you are seeking a high gloss finish, then you will want to use the Top Shield gloss floor wax. The Top Shield wax makes floors smooth and easy to clean, without the slipperiness usually associated with floor waxes. It is designed with high grade resins, so that it’s durable and long lasting for all floor types. Top Shield lasts approximately 6 to 12 months, depending on how much traffic the area receives.

True to its name, our Matte finish floor wax works best for matte floors that have little to no gloss. It’s UV resistant formula provides a durable coat to patios, porches, and walkways while maintaining the floor’s natural appearance.

Matte Floor Wax

Top Shield – Matte Finish mop on style Floor Wax for Interior and Exterior floors

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If you want something in-between matte and high gloss, then you can achieve a satin or semi gloss looks by mixing the Matte and Top Shield floor waxes to create your own customized level of gloss.

Final Tips on Floor Waxing

If you are using the Top Shield or Matte floor wax or a combination of both, we recommend applying two initial coats of floor wax for standard floors, and three to four coats for homes with active pets and high traffic commercial areas. Then additional single coats can be applied for maintenance as needed.

Whether you have concrete stained floors or another type of floor that can be waxed, the gloss level can be easily changed to meet aesthetic preferences. Choosing between a high gloss, semi-gloss, satin, or matte finish may seem like a difficult decision. However, it doesn’t have to be because it’s simple and inexpensive to adjust the gloss level if you want to make a change to the floor design.