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Interior Stain for Log Homes

Thanks to Sashco for sharing some interior finish expertise this month.

Cinderella didn’t put up with cleaning drudgery forever. Neither should you.  Apply a finish to your interior log and wood walls and you’ll be sitting pretty.

Why finish interior walls?  Interior log and wood walls set the tone in a log home.  Applying a quality finish will bring out the depth of the wood grain and create an inviting warmth.  Beside the ambiance created, finishing interior walls makes cleaning a breeze.

Handcrafted log home great roomWhere should you start?  First, be sure to choose a finish formulated specifically for interior wood.  Finishes made for the exterior are generally softer and not as easy to clean as those made for the interior.

Next, consider whether or not you want to stain the walls a different color or if you simply want to apply a clear coat.  A clear coat alone won’t protect against UV damage that can yellow the wood over time. So, if you have large windows that let in a lot of sunlight, it’s wise to apply a light coat of a pigmented stain to provide that UV protection.  Areas that are unexposed to UV light are safe with only a clear coat.

It’s best to get samples of different stain colors and clear coat sheens.  Apply them to an inconspicuous place (like the inside of a closet).  Experiment with contrasts between trim color and wall color.  Experiment with different sheens – satin, semi-gloss and gloss will all reflect light differently.  Many people will apply a semi-gloss to their pine tongue and groove ceiling to help better reflect light. Many people like the contrast in sheen between their doors and their walls.  Do some testing to determine what you like best.

Cleaning is a Breeze!  It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

1)     Dust the walls when necessary with microfiber cloths or Swiffer Dusters®.

2)     Wipe off any fingerprints or splatters with plain water, or use a gentle cleaner if needed.

3)     Enjoy your handiwork knowing you cleaned without the drudgery.  Dream about bottling up more of that magic to clean the rest of the house…

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