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All About Natural Oil Finishes

Discover the benefits of an oil finished floor.
All About Natural Oil Finishes

What is a coronavirus?

In the world of wood floor finishes, urethane finishes are typically the most popular. Praised for their excellent durability and low maintenance routine, urethane finishes have been the most common finish used on floors for decades.

Bona is the pioneer of waterbased finishes that meet all state and federal VOC (volatile organic compounds) regulations for air quality standards. These durable finishes have no harmful fumes, so the homeowner doesn’t need to vacate the home when used.

However, penetrating natural oil finishes are making a comeback in design trends and are also extremely environmentally friendly and emit zero chemical emissions. Many people are returning to natural oil finishes because of their overall organic look and rich patina appearance, as well as their effect on hardwood.

Differences Between Urethane and Oil Finishes

When deciding which finish is “better,” it’s probably more useful to make your choice based on their characteristics and your needs. Both types of finish have their place on beautiful hardwood floors. You'll want to consider cost, look and maintenance you are comfortable with. Here are some facts to know about each:

  • Urethane finishes form a layer of protection on top of a floor’s wood surface.

  • Urethane finishes are extremely durable and are easy to clean with a dry mop and hardwood floor cleaner.

  • The durability of a urethane finish can make it hard to do spot repairs. Eventually, as the urethane wear layer breaks down, the entire floor will have to be refinished.

  • A natural oil finish penetrates the entire piece of wood bonding with the wood on a molecular level . A natural oil finish penetrates deep into the hardwood floor in one coat resulting in strengthened wear resistance

  • Oil finished floors need a bit more maintenance with specialized soaps and refreshers to keep the look and protection an oil finish provides.

  • Because an oil finish affects the actual wood, spot repairs on scratches and gouges are easier to do. If maintained properly, an oil finished floor will never need to be stripped and refinished like a urethane finish. 

Differences Between Urethane and Oil Finishes

When deciding which finish is “better,” it’s probably more useful to make your choice based on their characteristics and your needs. Both types of finish have their place on beautiful hardwood floors. You'll want to consider cost, look and maintenance you are comfortable with. Here are some facts to know about each:

  • Urethane finishes form a layer of protection on top of a floor’s wood surface.

  • Urethane finishes are extremely durable and are easy to clean with a dry mop and hardwood floor cleaner.

  • The durability of a urethane finish can make it hard to do spot repairs. Eventually, as the urethane wear layer breaks down, the entire floor will have to be refinished.

  • A natural oil finish penetrates the entire piece of wood bonding with the wood on a molecular level . A natural oil finish penetrates deep into the hardwood floor in one coat resulting in strengthened wear resistance

  • Oil finished floors need a bit more maintenance with specialized soaps and refreshers to keep the look and protection an oil finish provides.

  • Because an oil finish affects the actual wood, spot repairs on scratches and gouges are easier to do. If maintained properly, an oil finished floor will never need to be stripped and refinished like a urethane finish. 

Differences Between Urethane and Oil Finishes

When deciding which finish is “better,” it’s probably more useful to make your choice based on their characteristics and your needs. Both types of finish have their place on beautiful hardwood floors. You'll want to consider cost, look and maintenance you are comfortable with. Here are some facts to know about each:

  • Urethane finishes form a layer of protection on top of a floor’s wood surface.

  • Urethane finishes are extremely durable and are easy to clean with a dry mop and hardwood floor cleaner.

  • The durability of a urethane finish can make it hard to do spot repairs. Eventually, as the urethane wear layer breaks down, the entire floor will have to be refinished.

  • A natural oil finish penetrates the entire piece of wood bonding with the wood on a molecular level . A natural oil finish penetrates deep into the hardwood floor in one coat resulting in strengthened wear resistance

  • Oil finished floors need a bit more maintenance with specialized soaps and refreshers to keep the look and protection an oil finish provides.

  • Because an oil finish affects the actual wood, spot repairs on scratches and gouges are easier to do. If maintained properly, an oil finished floor will never need to be stripped and refinished like a urethane finish. 

How to protect yourself from COVID-19.

The WHO provides the following tips to reduce the chances of being infected by COVID-19:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

 

In addition to what the WHO recommends, the CDC also recommends the following procedures:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If using a hand sanitizer, make sure the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are sick, wear a facemask when you are around other people. People who are not sick should only wear a facemask if they are caring for someone who is sick. Facemasks may be in short supply and should be reserved for caregivers or people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

 

Does Bona have a product that kills SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19?

COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2. Bona PowerPlus® Antibacterial Hard-Surface Floor Cleaner kills similar viruses and therefore can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with the directions for use against Rhinovirus on hard, non-porous surfaces. Refer to the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov for additional information.