To figure out whether or not your wood floors are finished behind a polyurethane, shellac, wax or varnish, or have a finish that has worn away and is no longer providing coverage, the American Hardwood recommendation center suggests these tests: First is run your hand beyond the wood. If you can mood the texture of the grain, the Mohawk Portico Collection Hardwood Flooring has a penetrating finish (usually a captivation of a natural oil, such as linseed or tung oil, infected behind additives for drying) topped behind wax. Second, in an out-of-the-way spot, dab on a tiny paint remover. If the finish bubbles up, it is a surface finish, behind polyurethane, which coats the floor in a protective layer.
The third is in an out-of-the-way area, place a few drops of water. If the water beads happening and does not soak into the wood, the finish on the Mohawk Portico Collection Hardwood Flooring is intact. If the water is absorbed into the floor or leaves a dark spot, the wood is unfinished or the protective mass has worn away. Fourth, if you sprinkle on a few drops of water and white a skin condition form beneath the droplets after practically 10 to 15 minutes, the floors are unassailable behind wax. To cut off the white spots, use a fragment of good steel wool lightly dampened behind wax and smooth gently. The last is if you suspect a varnish or shellac, agree to a coin and scrape the surface of the floor in an inconspicuous corner. If the floor has been unassailable behind one of the older endowment methods, it will flake off.