|The quest to a greener earth is fast becoming a priority in many a home owner’s plan. Flooring made out of recycled material is considered ‘green’, in comparison to felling a tiny forest of trees every time to meet flooring needs, in the long run. Hardwood floors are the most practical of flooring alternatives, and as such, aligning practicability with eco-friendliness is of primal importance. The effect of cutting trees is not an alien concept, and as a result, clever means of forestry management mitigates this risk quite well.
Standard floor refinishing makes a mess and is detrimental t the environment. Indoor air quality would take a huge blow after polishing and buffing, highlighting the need for invention. Oil vapor and dust would be generated, causing health problems for the occupants of the houses. Emergence of dust free and economical, as well as eco friendly refinishing methods may be attributed to the desire to avert the negative effects of earlier methods.
Refinishing floors more often than not involves the use of a sanding machine. Machines that generate less noise and dust are also part and parcel of the green movement in the refinishing business.
Gloss is toxic
Gloss and oils used to polish and rebuff floors were known to be toxic, but were still used due to lack of friendlier alternatives. However with advancements in technology, refinishing is now possible with the aid of plant derived oil finishes, which are non toxic and environmentally friendly.
In the past when refinishing was virtually impossible, one had to rip out the entire flooring and replace it with a newer, and trendier counterpart. However, with recent advances, and a movement towards eco friendliness, non toxic varnishes, sealants and oils have been developed, handing man a double pronged assault against environmental degradation. Saving a forest of trees and saving the air from poisoning, and keeping the carbon footprint where it should be, grounded.
The use of recycled material to make hardwood floors is also worth noting. For instance, credit is due to the wine industry for providing used barrel wood for use in flooring! The quest for greener methods of refinishing has not ignored longevity of the effects, as these new-age materials and chemicals last just as long as their environmentally unfriendly counterparts.
Reducing one’s carbon footprint is also a factor important enough to set and drive trends in flooring, and as such, will continue to play a pivotal role in determining what path trends lead to.
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