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Separation in the layers of a coating or separation from the substrate itself due to poor adhesion. It also refers to the separation of the secondary backing from the primary backing of carpet or the separation of the surface of concrete.


Another term for gouges made by an edger.

Dimensional Stability

The structural integrity of a floor and its ability to maintain its original dimensions.


The finely divided or colloidal solid material in finishing products.

Door Jam Saw

A tool used to cut a portion of the door casing off, allowing the flooring to fit underneath.


A material often made of organic salts of manganese, cobalt, lead, zinc or iron, which speeds the drying of oil or varnish.

Drum Sander

A floor sander similar to a lawn mower that's pushed along the floor's open areas.

Dry Tack-Free

See Dry to Touch

Dry Time

The amount of time it takes a finish or other product to become solid enough to apply another coat.

Dry to Sand

The amount of time it takes a finish or other flooring product to solidify enough to the point where it can be properly sanded.

Dry to Touch.

When the film of a finishing material has dried to the point where it can be lightly touched without leaving a mark or sticking to fingers.

Dry Wall

A material generally used to cover walls and ceilings which comes in sheets or panels and generally consists of gypsum between two heavy layers of paper.


The process of a liquid becoming a solid by evaporation, oxidation, polymerization or a combination of these.


The ability of a floor to withstand destruction.


Tiny particles of matter. Also a name for a grading or size of natural resin.


The point where a finishing product has dried sufficiently to the point where dust that settles on the surface will not stick.