Category Archives: Ultimate Floor Finish

A Landing Rescue


We had friends over for dinner the other night, and while no one said anything about our worn oak landing, I could imagine the conversation on the way home: “I wonder why Bruce hasn’t done anything about their landing?”



Guilt can be an even stronger motivator than a deadline, so the next day I grabbed a mop, a bottle of Minwax® Hardwood Floor Cleaner and went to work. In just a few minutes, I had cleaned the floor and was ready to apply a fresh coat of clear finish.



I could have used Minwax® Hardwood Floor Reviver, but our landing gets so much use (and abuse) that I chose something even stronger: Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish.



After a light sanding and vacuuming up the dust, I brushed on an even coat of this strong, clear, water-based finish. Had I been doing an entire room, I probably would have opted for a wide painter’s pad mounted on the end of a four-foot pole, just to make it easier on my back!



And in less time than I would have spent explaining why my landing looked so bad, I was able to transform an unsightly first impression into a positive lasting impression.

From now through September 30th, take advantage of the Minwax® Fall Home Celebration rebate and save up to $15 on select Minwax® products that make and keep your floors beautiful! These specially formulated products enhance the natural beauty of your floors and can help protect them so they look great for years to come.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

“If you wait until you have enough time, it will never get done.”



Putting New Ultimate Floor Finish To The Test

When it comes to floors, I have always been a traditional, oil-based sort of guy. But when I heard about all the advantages of the water-based Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish, I had to see for myself what the buzz was all about.

I decided to experiment on a section of raw, freshly-sanded red and white oak flooring I made in my workshop. I stained one section (left) with an oil-based stain. On another section of bare oak I applied Minwax® Sanding Sealer, as recommended on the can of Ultimate Floor Finish, then let each section dry.

A new synthetic applicator pad spread my first coat of Ultimate over both test sections very smoothly. As promised, the first coat dried in just two hours, and with very little odor.

I came back with a second coat without sanding the first. Now, I could have sanded the first coat, if I really wanted to, but as long as I applied the next coat within 12 hours, it really wasn’t necessary.


Two hours later, my second coat was also dry, so I pushed ahead and applied a third coat. Typically, three coats of an oil-based finish would begin to show an amber tint, but you can see that after three coats of the water-based Ultimate Floor Finish, both sides—stained and un-stained, were still crystal clear, as promised.

Might just be time to start a new, water-based tradition.

Until next time,

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“Which Floor Is Yours?”

Everyone knows that hardwood floors add value to any home, but how much value depends on their condition. Before jumping into any floor project, it’s always a good idea to determine exactly how your floor rates — and what you can do to improve it.

Example #1 – This floor is still in great shape, but it’s also where Jasper laid down after taking a dip in the creek. It doesn’t need anything but a quick cleaning, and all I use is Minwax® Hardwood Floor Cleaner, which is safe for the finish and won’t leave behind a soapy film.

Example #2 – If your floor has some real scratches and not just dirt, then I’d recommend Minwax® Hardwood Floor Reviver — a water-based, clear protective finish that can add three to six months more life to your polyurethane floor finish.

Example #3 – Sometimes your floor finish may be completely worn out: deep scratches, missing or flaking finish, or dark water stains. When that happens, its time for a total refinishing: sanding it down to bare wood, then an optional coat of stain to accent the grain, and two or three coats of a clear, durable finish designed specifically for floors.

If you prefer an oil-based clear finish, then I recommend Minwax® Super Fast-Drying Polyurethane For Floors. In addition to improved drying times, it does not have to be constantly stirred. If it’s re-coated within 12 hours, it does not have to be sanded between coats.

But if you prefer a crystal clear, water-based finish for your freshly sanded floor, then consider using Minwax® Ultimate Floor Finish. It dries fast, has very little odor, cleanup requires just soap and water, and it, too, does not require sanding between coats.

For complete instructions on any of these floor products, be sure to check them out at

Until next time,

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Bruce’s Recipes For Holiday Disasters

Okay, so it’s been a stressful few weeks for everyone (including Daisy), what with family and friends coming and going, guests staying overnight, furniture getting moved around, pets becoming over-anxious, and our homes generally getting pushed to — and sometimes over — the limit. Here, then, are a couple of quick solutions to disasters you and your home may have just encountered.

We’ve all done it:  Left a candle burning too long, only to discover a puddle of warm wax atop our cherished table or sideboard. What to do?

Freeze it! Wiping will only force the melted wax deeper into the wood, so hold an ice cube against it for a few moments, then pop it off using a plastic spatula or even a credit card.

Your pet never leaps on the table, right? At least not until the holidays become too stressful. Short of a messy refinishing, what can you do?

Reach for one of my favorites:  Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain Markers. Each one contains real Minwax stain delivered by a felt tip, making touch-ups quick and easy.

Who would have thought your nephew would have confused your kitchen cabinet door with a swing set?

To reset a torn out screw, put a drop of glue and a sliver of wood (or some toothpicks) into the hole, let dry overnight, trim off, then reinsert the screw.

Your guests may have missed your doormat, but they didn’t miss your hardwood stairs. Muddy shoes soon become dry footprints. What should you use to clean them?

Nothing harsh, slippery, or soapy! Just squirt on a little Minwax® Hardwood Floor Cleaner and wipe off the dirt without harming the finish.

So, someone tried to pour their drink in your poinsettia, but missed — and now you have a hazy white mark to contend with?

First, do nothing:  no polish, no wax, no furniture cream. The water trapped in the finish may evaporate on its own in a week or so. If not, you can then buff it out with Minwax® Wipe-On Poly and #0000 steel wool. Take your time, be very gentle, and afterwards apply the Wipe-On Poly to the entire top to give it an even sheen when it dries.

Got a disaster I didn’t mention?

Let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!