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Great Western Flooring Co. uses one of the only GREENGUARD-certified sanding systems for all our hardwood refinishing and screen-and-coat projects


Great Western Flooring Co. uses one of the only GREENGUARD-certified sanding systems for all our hardwood refinishing and screen-and-coat projects - the Atomic Dust Containment system. This system helps to reduce the level of dust during the sanding process. While there is no such thing as a “dustless refinishing”, the Atomic Dust Containment system helps to remove between 94 - 98% of the dust.

It is always recommended that you cover anything that might be sensitive to dust accumulation, either on or in vents, cabinets, closets, etc. HVAC systems normally do have to be up and running to keep the hardwood acclimatized, and we recommend for our customers to plan accordingly.

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There are several options to choose from after you have sanded the flooring down. The stain and the finish are the final steps to your finished on site hardwood or hardwood refinishing project.

The most common and affordable type of finish, oil-based polyurethane tends to take on an amber cast as it ages. The curing time for this type tends to be about 30 days, but it can be walked on in socks in just 24 hours after the application of the final coat.

Note that oil-based finishes tend to have stronger odors and a glossier finish than other types. Despite the odors, the Indoor Air Quality Act requires finish manufacturers to reduce the harmful chemical content in the hardwood finish to 350/ppm, providing a much safer indoor environment than in the past.

Quickly becoming the most popular finish, water-based polyurethane has a quicker drying and curing time and few (if any) V.O.C.'s. At Great Western, we use the Lobadur ® brand of water-based finish, which is GREENGUARD certified.

Thanks to the rapid drying time, fewer dust particles from the air will settle into the finish. The finish is also clear, so it won't change the color of your natural wood floors. Curing takes about 7 days, but you can walk on the finish with socks just 4-8 hours after the application of the final coat.

Instead of curing only the top layer of your hardwood, the Lobadur ® water-based finish saturates the entire body of the hardwood. This allows for a more durable and complete finishing option.

Our commercially rated, water-based finish provides more long-term durability, best for large families, heavy foot traffic or large dogs.

The other benefits of this finish are similar to that of a standard water-based finish.

Commonly used as a finish on European hardwood, tongue-oiled finish is gaining popularity thanks to its low maintenance requirements and beautiful patina. Our president here at Great Western Flooring even put it in her own home!

Tongue oil is a vegetable-based oil that is V.O.C. free and applied about once per year (usually by the homeowner) to help keep the floor fresh and to conceal wear and scratches. Tongue-oil-finished floors require different maintenance products than their urethane counterparts.

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