Using wood glaze to protect your stairs

Using wooden glaze on wooden stairs or on wood furniture will help you protect their look, make them feel older and also expand their life. Choosing the right glaze isn’t a hard job. Just follow the next tips and you will do fine.


  • Sandpaper or steel wool
  • Oil- or water-based glaze
  • Brush or rag
  • An extra rag for wiping off the glaze
  • Wood finish

First coat of finish

The first thing that you can do is apply a thin layer of finish to the wooden stairs. This will help the glaze adhere on the surface of the wood. Otherwise it won’t settle. The type of the finish (water or solvent based) will influence the type of glaze.


Now it’s time to scuff the wood with sandpaper and steep wool. Don’t use steel wool with water-based finish. This process will create scratches and will allow the glaze to better settle in.

Selecting the right glaze

As we said before, the type of glaze is influenced by the type of finish that you use. If you used water-based glaze then you need to also use water-based glaze and if you used solvent-based finish, you will need to use oil-based glaze. Oil-based glaze is easier to apply on the wood, but it will emit a stronger smell and it will also take longer to dry.

Applying the glaze

You can use either a brush or a rag to apply the glaze. Depending on the results you are looking for apply more or less glaze. For protection you will need to apply equal amounts of glaze on the entire surface of the stairs. For adding color, choose a few spots and add glaze to them.

Excess glaze

Before the glaze dries completely, remove the excess glaze with a clean rag. You will know that the glaze is starting to dry if it starts turning dull.

Sealing the glaze

You can seal the glaze with another layer of finish. This will ensure that the glaze won’t get rubbed off and that it will resist more.

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