Please note, this is based on my very personal opinion. You can agree or disagree, there is no right or wrong here. When writing this, it is some sort of therapy to me.
What is sexy or attractive?
To us humans, sexual attractiveness can mean very different things. For most of us, the attraction is often based on some indefinable quality such as body shape and colour. If we get deeper into the subject it may also include character, attitude and respect, etc. In most cases, we judge something to be alluring when we look at it. Perhaps it is a monotone skin colour or a nicely shaped body. Darwin would have us believe that we are simply looking for the healthiest individual, so we can produce healthy descendants but hopefully, it is more than just that. As we all know health can be both physical and physiological, but I feel that subject is a whole separate book.
How do we make ourselves sexy?
We all try to look good every day. We don’t only want to be attractive to our partners or spouses, we also want other people to find us attractive and there is nothing wrong with that – it boosts our confidence. Consequentially we all seek to make ourselves as appealing as possible by being well-groomed, applying makeup and using supplements such as shampoos, conditioners, toners and even vitamins to make us look and feel as good as possible.
There is also another way, but it is not as fast. One can go to the gym to keep yourself trim, toned and active. Along with regular visits to the gym you can choose to eat only healthy and nutritious food to get the inside as healthy as the outside appearance. The problem with the gym and healthy food option are that it will not happen overnight, it is hard work and many fail at the early stages or fail temporarily which puts them back a step or two. It takes hard work determination and tenacity to look and feel good all the time.
Maintaining an attractive look also applies to wooden floors. As with our bodies, they are both made of nature’s finest materials, but they also take a lot of knocks and wear and tear and like humans they gradually get older. Also, unfortunately like some people (hopefully not you, reading this) they sometimes also get walked all over.
More about maintenance, in general, you can read here.
How to make wood floor sexy?
Like our bodies, there are basically 2 different methods of finishing your wooden floor to make it look as attractive as possible:
1. Lacquer (or the makeup approach)
- It is a topical coat (should it not be topcoat? Topical means “current” but it may be that this is an expression used in the Industry?).
- It will cover any imperfections and is much more forgiving
- However, as with makeup, too many coats can make the floor look “plastic”
- It will only protect the surface of the floor
- It can be shiny or satin
2. Oil (or the gym and healthy nutrients approach)
- As with the gym, it protects the outer surface and from within by saturating the wood.
- If the sanding process is not done to a high standard it will expose imperfections.
- It will also expose the natural beauty and grain of your wood floors –
- giving it a more natural finish.
- It will also protect the floor surface as it seals and nourishes the wood simultaneously.
- If properly maintained it will stay attractive for a very long time.
Attractiveness and ageing
With us, humans ageing is very personal. No two of us go through the same exact experiences or have exactly the same natural make-up. As it is with humans, so it is with wooden floors. Scratches on oiled floors can add character and the beauty of age. Whilst scratches on a lacquered floor are simply not regarded as pretty. One other thing about an oiled wood floor is that you can top up the oil as you go with patch repairs that seamlessly blend it in with the rest of the floor. On a lacquered floor, when a repair is needed, the only good option is a full re-sand and reseal.
Lacquer or oil?
Both will give you the same result; ‘a beautiful floor’. If you like the highly polished look of a shiny floor – lacquer is a better option. If you like the more natural look then the oil is the better solution. Both require some maintenance as does everything in life. But the maintenance is simple easy and inexpensive, and it does prolong the life of your floor.
There is no right or wrong here, as with maintaining the attractiveness of your body it’s all about personal preferences.
Note from the author
Thank you for reading this article. If you read this far it means that you care about your floor and that is probably more than many do. I am just sharing my knowledge here and giving my personal opinion. recently, I have been through a lot of health issues and I found writing this article very therapeutic. I hope it was also helpful to you. Thank you.