Are Hardwood Finishes Safe for My Family?

Yellow Lab Empty Food DishMany people prioritize environmental friendliness and we often receive questions about the products we use in our hardwood floors. The most common questions are about the safety of the materials used to finish the floors. Well, we’ve got some good news. We are committed to eco-friendly floors from materials to hardwood finishes.

High Quality, Safe Finishes

Totta Hardwoods is invested not only in installing the most beautiful hardwood floors in your home — but also in making sure we do our part to ensure you’re healthy to enjoy them. Here’s what we do to keep you safe.

1. Indoor Air Quality Certified Finishes

We have the ability to use finishes that have received indoor air quality certification from the Greenguard Environmental Institute — an industry-independent, non-profit organization that establishes standards and testing for indoor products.  Their goal is to improve public health by helping manufacturers build safer products that won’t pollute the air with harmful levels of dangerous chemicals or particulates — a goal that’s right in line with what we offer at Totta Hardwoods.

2. Offer Waterborne Finishes

We love using waterborne finishes, which have no toxic fumes and low VOCs. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can affect the environment and human health.  So low VOCs mean a safer and healthier environment for your family, your pets.  You won’t even have to vacate your home during the finishing process because our finishes dry in less than 24 hours, have no fumes to worry about, and easily cleaned up with water.  This Swedish waterborne technology also happens to highlight the elegance of the wood and provides the ultimate in durability . No sacrificing beauty for safety.  You’re getting the best of both worlds with our hardwoods and our finishes.

3. Offer Natural Oil Finishes

We also offer something that is relatively new to the North American market, natural oils. Since natural oils are usually fruit, vegetable, or nut based, they are virtually VOC free. Rather than building a film on top of the floor like polyurethane, natural oil finish penetrates the wood and binds with the fibers practically water-proofing the floor as well as giving it a beautiful low-sheen finish. This is a great option for families with new born babies or whenever air-quality is of utmost importance.

Eco- and Human-Friendly Hardwood Floors from Totta Hardwoods

Choose Totta Hardwoods to outfit your home with beautiful hardwood flooring. You can rest assured you’re getting the highest quality products with an emphasis on the health and safety of your family and a focus on sustainability. Give us a call at 816-507-5281 to learn more about our hardwood flooring solutions, or use our online form to request a consultation.