Low VOC water-based polyurethane

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

Removing lead paint from 200-year-old wood floor

Q: On the second floor much of the hardwood floors are painted very bright and vibrant colors. It is expected below the layer of paint that the previous owners painted, is lead paint ( or the hardwood floors were painted with lead paint some years ago). So it seems the floors were painted a few times at least over the years. My wife and I really like the look of the original hardwood like is on the first floor. We would like to remove the paint from the second floor. Continue reading Removing lead paint from 200-year-old wood floor

Swedish finish non-yellowing?

Q: We want a non-yellowing non-glossy finish for our hardwood floors that will keep the wood’s natural color as best as possible. What is the difference between our two choices “Swedish finish” and water-soluble? Continue reading Swedish finish non-yellowing?

Lingering odour afters floors refinished

Q: We recently bought and renovated our first house. We had the hardwood floors refinished using polyurethane stain. It has been about 11/2 weeks since the floors have been finished they are all dry and our furniture is moved in. I am 8 months pregnant and concerned with the lingering smell from the floors. How long is the polyurethane considered toxic for? Continue reading Lingering odour afters floors refinished

“Are Homes Toxic?” Vocs inside…

by: Rachel @WoodFlooringGuy.com

My husbands cigarette box, courtesy the government, lists a handful of ingredients: Tar, Nicotine, Carbon monoxide, Formaldehyde, Hydrogen cyanide, and Benzene. There are probably more to list, but the flap is only so big. Many families with smokers have taken measures to keep their children (or themselves) away from smoke. They take it to one ventilated room, take it outside, or for the ultimate and only full protection they wisely abandon smokes forever. Continue reading “Are Homes Toxic?” Vocs inside…

Restoring old painted hardwood floors

Q: I am purchasing a home that has painted hardwood floors. The home is nearly 100 years old, and I have no idea what type of wood it has or how many layers of awful paint have been added to the natural wood. Is there hope for restoring this floor to its natural wood? Continue reading Restoring old painted hardwood floors

Flaking finish toxic to children?

Q: After we moved in to our home, we noted that our “nice” wood floors began to flake clear/yellow thin layers. I assume the previous owners put polyurethane over wax. We are looking into redoing them. In the meantime, we have a crawling child that gets these flakes on his hands and puts them in his mouth. Is there a toxic potential here? Continue reading Flaking finish toxic to children?