New! An “Eco-Friendly” Finish

What do you think of when you hear the word “whey”?  Do you think of the nursery rhyme of little Miss Muffet?  Or do you think of a health food missmuffetpictureprotein powder?  You probably don’t think about it in conjunction with hardwood floors.  If you are looking for an eco-friendly, “green” flooring option you should!

Hardwood flooring is one of the most eco-friendly flooring materials there are.  It’s renewable, and many manufacturers work with suppliers to ensure that the trees are harvested in a responsible manner.  Now, thanks to whey protein, it can be finished with the only finish made from a 100% recyclable material.

refinishing_floor1Typically, hardwood flooring is stained, and then a polyurethane top coat is applied to protect the floor.  The polyurethane seals and protects the finish on the floor.  There are two types of polyurethane used – oil based or water based.  Water based polyurethane dries quickly, provides a clear finish and has a low odor.  It can require up to four coats to provide maximum protection. Oil based polyurethane requires fewer coats, but the drying time is longer and there is a stronger odor.  It also lends an amber glow to the wood.  Oil based polyurethane tends to be more durable than water based.

A new product, PolyWhey® by Vermont Natural Coatings, combines the high durability of an oil based finish with the application advantages of a water based finish.  Plus – it’s made from a renewable resource!

CheeseWhey is a by- product of cheese making.  It is what is left after the milk has been curdled and strained.  PolyWhey® started as a collaboration among farmers, furniture makers, and the University of Vermont scientists to expand the value of Vermont’s agriculture and forest industries. What began as an interest in whey, as a possible ingredient in woodworking projects, has emerged as a revolutionary new science.  The whey acts as a co-binder and co-solvent, replacing other, more toxic substances.

Other than the ease of application and durability of PolyWhey®, the number one advantage to homeowners is that Polywhey® has the lowest VOC level in the industry.  VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds.  VOC’s evaporate into the air from many substances and can cause or contribute to many health problems.  Petroleum products, like oil based finishes, carpets and vinyl flooring can have harmful levels of these VOCS which are easily identifiable by their noxious smell.   The VOC level for Vermont Natural Coatings finishes is ≤180g/L (grams per liter). The toughest indoor air quality standard for wood finish in the United States is California’s 275g/L.

Here at Yankee Classic Flooring we are proud to add PolyWhey® Wood Floor Finishes to its line of floor finishes.  It is a beautiful finish that brings out the richness of Northern Grown Oak and Maple.  Available in a matte, satin, semi-gloss or gloss finish there is a look that is just right for your home.   With so many options, we can customize your floor any way that you want.  And with PolyWhey®, your floors can be refinished without the smell!

As always, Yankee Classic Flooring offers free consultations.  Give us a call, and we will show you how beautiful your wood floors can look.  For more information on PolyWhey® or any of our flooring options, call Tracey or Jerry at 608-467-2551 or email us at yankeeclassicfloors@frontier.com.

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It’s the new year – and my floor is a mess

Yankee Classic Flooring Winter LakeThe New Year has been rung in, the holidays are over, and the decorations have been put away.  And there, on your beautiful hardwood floor, is evidence of all the activity that your home saw in the last month.  You loved the season, but hate what it’s done to your floor!  The Christmas tree stand overflowed, Grandma’s precious FiFi peed in the guest room, and scratched the floor by the door.  There are small dents in the floor in the dining room from the high heels your best friend wore to the New Year’s Eve party.  Salt residue lines the back hall, and there are black heel marks in the front hall.  It can be as depressing as a gloomy day in January.  But take heart, many of these damages can be easily repaired.

As long as the rest of the floor is in good shape, you only have to concentrate on the damaged area or damaged boards.  Let’s start with how damage such as gouges, high heel marks, scratches from furniture or dogs can be repaired.

If the damage is small, such as a single scratch or gouge that isn’t very stain pendeep, you can purchase a furniture marker of the same color as the wood floor and fill in the damaged areas.  Wipe off the excess with a clean cloth and no one will know the floor was damaged.

If you have a pre-finished floor and have stored extra boards, you are in luck.  The damaged boards can be cut out of the floor and replaced rather easily by one of our expert floor installers.  The floor is site finished, or you don’t have any extra boards for your pre finished floor, Yankee Classic Flooring can fill the gouges with a color matched wax that we then buff to the sheen of your existing floor.

Water StainedIf there is water or urine damage, repairs are best done by a professional.  These areas may need to be spot sanded and re-sealed.  Yankee Classic Flooring offers a variety of finishes that will blend into your current floor finish sheen.  Spot sanding, sealing and finishing should be left to our experts.

To keep your floor in good condition throughout the rest of the winter, remember to keep the humidity level in your home in check.  Like your skin, hardwood floors need a certain level of humidity.  Use a humidstate or hydrometer (available in most hardwood stores) to check the humidity levels in rooms where you have hardwood floors.  It should be anywhere from 35% to 55% year round.  If it is to dry, use a humidifier to put humidity back into the room.  If it is too humid, use a dehumidifier to remove some of the moisture.

If your hardwood floors didn’t enjoy the holidays as much as you did, give us a call.  We can help you get them back into shape.  Yankee Classic Flooring is committed to helping you not only find the perfect flooring, but also to helping you keep it beautiful.  As always, consultations are free.

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