A comparison of wear and cost of selected wood floor finishes

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Virginia Ann Spencer (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Jane H. Crow

Abstract: Blocks of quarter-sawn, strip red oak flooring, finished with eight different wood floor finishes and a factory-finished block were field tested to determine the degree of wear of the finishes and the degree of wear under three surface conditions: unwaxed, waxed with a solvent base liquid wax, and waxed with a solvent base paste wax. A cost-performance ratio among the various finishes was developed from the wear data and costs of installation and finishing as furnished by local builders or flooring contractors. Ten blocks were finished with each of the eight wood floor finishes, nine for testing and one control. Of those tested, three received no wax, three received solvent base paste wax, and three received solvent base liquid wax. The prefinished blocks were waxed accordingly. A randomized block design was utilized to determine the position of the test specimen within each test area which contained three blocks representing three replicates of each finish. Panels within each test area were rotated once each week and test areas were rotated every nine weeks according to a three-factor Latin square design so that in time each group received the sane exposure to traffic.

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Language: English
Date: 1967

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