Finish not shining

Q: I put 3 coats of polyurethane on my hardwood floor and it still doesn’t shine, so I just let it go. Now after a couple of months have gone by I would like to know what I can do to make it shine, get a shiny finish, since I am going to refinish the dining room which is right next to the living room.

A: Most finish manufacturers have a choice of sheen of satin, semi and gloss or hi-gloss. The product you apply will determine how shiny the finish looks. Of course the previous coating will have to be properly prepared to allow another coating to bond to it.

Related Q: I recently had “hand stressed” oak floors installed in my home. I am not really pleased with the “dullness” of them. Is there something that can be done to make them a bit more shiny? I like the look they get (for a a few seconds) when I am cleaning them. Brings the color out more.

A: It depends what type of finish is on them currently. If it is an oil you can look into applying a coat of Waterlox tung oil finish which comes in hi-gloss, semi and satin.