The Good Wood - Caring for your Timber Floor - by Angela Petruzzi and Peter Stuedle - (LW2)
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Having gone to the trouble of sourcing an
environmentally preferable timber, such as recycled or
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, the question is how to
optimally treat and maintain it over a hopefully long life.
Commonly, we have used polyurethanes and the logic of this
is (pardon the pun) clear: good quality polyurethanes offer an
impermeable finish for as long as the surface is not worn or
broken and a hard-wearing gloss or semi-gloss surface. However,
there are many downsides, including the emission of isocyanates
and solvents during the application and curing process for the
person applying the finish and the ongoing release of low-levels
of remaining solvent over the following weeks and months for
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First printed in Living Wisdom #2