Low-luster floors have an unfinished, understated look with 25 to 35 percent luster, while satin floors have have low sheen with 40 to 50 percent luster. At 55 to 70 percent luster, semi-gloss finish reflects more light and has a medium sheen. High-gloss floors reflect the most light and create a wet look, with a luster of 75 percent or higher.
Low-luster and satin hardwood floors do not show dents and scratches as much as higher gloss floors, and are a low-maintenance choice for living rooms, hallways and other heavy traffic areas. You can easily clean a low-luster floor with a dust mop or microfiber pad and nontoxic cleaner, even if children or small pets play on the floor.
Semi-gloss and high-gloss floors quickly show scratches, bare foot prints and dust, and require more maintenance than low-luster floors. Semi-gloss floors are a good option for bedrooms and other low-traffic areas in the home, while high-gloss floors are a better fit for commercial buildings, notes Tiny Timbers.