Polyurethane on Prefinished Flooring

Today, a new reader writes:

Hello – I found your site looking for some answers on how to make my Thomasville Walnut floor more durable and resistant to scratches and dents. My question is can I put a couple of coats of polyurethane over the floor to toughen it up?

I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but the problem with putting a coat of polyurethane on pre-finished flooring is that you will completely void your product warranty. And to be completely honest, you really aren’t going to get that much more scratch resistance by adding polyurethane. What the polyurethane would normally provide you, the floor’s seven layers of coating already offers.

I’ve done some research on Thomasville’s new product, the fault isn’t with the coating but with the natural tendencies of wood. What I would suggest would be to use felt pads underneath your furniture to protect the floor’s surface and use floor mats by all exterior doors. This will help with two of the most common enemies of your new hardwood floor. Unfortunately though, there really isn’t a lot you can do to help protect against active kids and pets. If you happen to have either kids or pets, I’d suggest looking at anything unexpected that happens to your hardwood flooring as “character building” to the flooring as it ages. That’s the optimistic view, anyways! Just remember even when we protect against ‘everything’, life still happens. And you can’t enjoy your new flooring if your not living on it. That would be my approach.

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