Posted by Victor Mulbauer, March 23rd 2014
From the very beginning of starting Michigan Hardwood Floors Services we have proudly used Bona finishes. There are a couple of important reasons why we chose to use this company’s products and we’d like to share one of the main reasons with you today…
The Need For Safer Finishes
As you’re probably aware of, traditional oil and solvent based hardwood floor finishes that have been used for decades aren’t the safest products out there. They have high VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and they’re full of solvents and chemicals that pollute our home environment and ultimately the whole environment. You only have to take a quick smell of this type of finish to know they’re not good for you to breathe in, let alone be off gassing as they dry in your home.
Those that have had their hardwood floors refinished with solvent based finish will know exactly what I’m talking about. The stuff absolutely stinks when it first gets applied and, depending on what product you use (moisture cure finishes are the worst), it continues to off gas and stink for days, weeks and sometimes even months. Definitely not good for the long term health of you and your family.
Bona was one of the first pioneers in this new exciting field when they started working on water based finishes way back in 1979. With these new finishes, because ti was mostly water evaporating as the finish dried instead of all solvents, the stink factor was greatly reduced. But the chemicals and solvents that were used in these water based finishes were still very dangerous. And while VOC levels had dropped, they were still way too high as well.
Why Lower VOC Levels are Important
Something that not too many people are aware of is that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside the same building. Most of this is from chemicals and VOCs that are released into the air from our furniture, from the paint on our walls, the chemicals in our carpets and floor finishes etc.
That’s quite scary to think about, especially considering that most people spend the majority of their time indoors where they are repeatedly exposed to indoor air pollutants – think mornings and evenings before and after work or school and then there’s the long hours you spend sleeping. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EAS) estimates that on average, a normal person receives roughly 72 percent of their total chemical exposure while at home.
That’s not a good statistic.
Enter GREENGUARD Certification…
Bona decided that they wanted to make their water based finishes as environmentally safe as possible so that indoor air quality was at reasonable levels while their finishes dried and cured. To do that, they went to an independent third party organization, UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and their GREENGUARD Certification program.
Underwriters Laboratories and their GREENGUARD Certification helps manufactures create and adapt their products and materials for home, school and office interiors so they come out with very low chemical and VOC emissions.
Their goal as an organization is to improve indoor air quality and reduce people’s exposure to chemicals, VOCs and other dangerous pollutants. They test products for more than 10,000 chemicals to ensure they are safe and healthy for indoor environments.
They have became highly regarded as the trusted air quality and low emissions standard for North America. All the products they test – like hardwood floor finishes – undergo independent, scientific testing as well as continued monitoring of their chemical emissions to make sure these products stick to their standard. Obtaining their certification is quite a big deal and not many floor finish companies have this certification for obvious reasons.
Bona has all the certification for ALL the hardwood floor finish products that we use on our clients’ floors.
We care about your floors, but we are also concerned about you and your family’s health. You can be assured that we are using finishes that are among the safest water based finishes currently available. That’s one of the main reasons we choose to use Bona hardwood floor finishes. It also helps that they’re some of the highest quality and most durable floor finishes available as well.