We Know: All About Floor Sealers

When is a floor sealer used?

Floor sealers are used in residential and commercial applications to protect unfinished floors from general use and food or liquid spills. Sealers are the base coat over which polish or other finishers are then applied. Floor sealers are used on wood, concrete, vinyl, stone, and other materials.

Things to Know about Floor Sealers

Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a floor sealer:

  • Most floor sealers are either for indoor or outdoor use. Make sure the product you use is the right one.
  • Verify that the floor sealer will work on the kind of floor material and floor finish that you have. For example, what works for untreated concrete may not work for painted concrete or wood.
  • Slightly overestimate how much floor sealer you will need. It is better to have to return unopened containers than to run out in the middle of the job.
  • Carefully follow the manufacturer's directions for the product. Each one works a little differently and there is nothing more frustrating than months down the line finding that your brand new floor has problems. Allow as much time as the manufacturer specifies for application and drying times.
  • Make sure the floor sealer you purchase is designed for floor surfaces rather than for floor underlayments.

Examples of Floor Sealers

This is a small sampling of floor sealers available on the market today:

  1. Stonyl Indoor/Outdoor Seal. Seals and protects terrazzo, marble, brick, concrete, granite, grout, quarry tile, and flagstone.
  2. TITESEAL. This is a clear acrylic, semi-permanent floor sealer. Can help to restore old floors, and improves the finish gloss of new floors.
  3. ZEP Stain-Resistant Floor Sealer. This is a clear gloss coating that protects the floor from food, drink, or petroleum-based stains.

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