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Hints & Tips - Wood Flooring Finishes
August 1st, 2020

You’ve chosen your UK Flooring Direct wood floor, but the decisions don’t stop there. Are you after a satin lacquer finish, or perhaps brushed is the order of the day? Once again, we’re here to help, this handy flooring finish guide tells you all you need to know.


Designed for use with UK Flooring Direct solid or engineered wood floors, a satin lacquer finish boasts great durability and a particularly easy to clean nature. With this finish you’ll have an even sheen, meaning light is gently reflected for a fresh and airy feel. This is especially useful in rooms that don’t possess an abundant natural light source.


A matt lacquer finish allows your wood floor to appear as nature intended, protected but without too extravagant a gloss effect. Immensely popular as a result of this, matt lacquer is virtually invisible yet still carries out a superb job. This finish makes for an effect similar to that of an oiled floor, but with simpler maintenance.


Thanks to modern production methods, your choice of wood flooring can be fully prefinished with natural oils before it arrives. This is a transparent finish that allows the natural beauty of the wood to shine through, hence its uptake by households throughout the country. It still does fantastic work in protecting your floor, although it will require occasional maintenance.

For more information between oiled and lacquered finishes, check out our comparison.


You may have noticed some UK Flooring Direct products carry a ‘brushed’ finish. Before applying a flooring finish, a wood surface will be roller brushed in order to remove the softer summer growth rings from the grain. From this emerges a naturally textured surface that does a brilliant job highlighting the structure of the grain.


The ‘distressed’ look has experienced a big comeback within interior design circles, adding real charm and character to the home. The flooring will be put through a machine (or in some cases by hand) to scrape away at its surface, and following this, a stain will be applied to complement the newly uneven finish. The end result is a deliberately aged, distressed look and feel.


An unfinished floor will have only had its surface sanded before it makes its way to your home. This could be an option for those looking to create something truly bespoke, perhaps using alternative colour stains and oils. Bear in mind that flooring is more susceptible to damage if it does not carry an appropriate protective finish.

To ensure your new wood floor continues to look its best, shop our range of after care products.