Q: I’m refinishing my son’s room and am wondering about cork. With multiple allergies, I’m concerned about the binder (is it a gluten based binder?) and the finish. Continue reading Cork binder
Q: The finish on my floors is peeling. They were done before we bought the house so I don’t know what kind of finish is on them. They’re shiny with a yellow tint. Is this a health hazard for my son? Continue reading Babies/Toddlers and peeling finish
Q: I own a 1954 home in Houston with wood floors. I was told that the slabs on homes in Houston were covered with tar in areas over which wooden floors were to be laid, with the tar acting as a moisture barrier and anchor for the runner / supports. The person who told me was adamant that it was common and done on most, if not all, homes here in that time. Continue reading Tar off-gassing
Q: I am searching for a manufacturer that produces wood floors with no formaldehyde, Low VOC, non-toxic preservatives, using coats like oxide/polyurethane. In summary, a natural, non-toxic, ecological/green product. I found teragreen.com, but they only sell bamboo. Continue reading No toxic off gassing?
Q: I’m perplexed by the smells inhabiting my house these days. It almost smells like something is “hot” in my house. My electrician assured me that all was well. So, my question is – could my hardwood floors give off a woody/hot smell given the high heat and humidity? Continue reading Smelly wood?
Q: I am removing carpet due to asthma. What has worse fumes, Pergo or prefinished hardwood? Continue reading Fumes: Pergo vs Prefinished hardwood
Q: Is the ceramic based coating on some pre-finished wood flooring really VOC free? Continue reading VOCs and ceramic based coating
Q: We moved into to new place a little over three months ago. The wood floors were refinished before we moved in. The day we moved in we noticed a strong odor that smelled like varnish. The odor was so strong that it made us sick. I experienced a rash, chest pains, cramps, and nausea. Continue reading Refinished wood floors smell
Q: My builder’s wonderful flooring company installed red oak hardwood floors on the whole main floor of our house and now I hear that Europe banned the Swedish finish used on our floors almost 20 years ago. I need to know how toxic these floors are, about toxic Swedish finish, and is there a finish I can apply over the finish in order to seal in the gassing off? Continue reading Toxic Swedish finish
Q: All of the green building references I have found say that wood floors should be finished with a low VOC water-based polyurethane, but none of these articles provide recommendations for a brand. Continue reading Low VOC water-based polyurethane