Putting it on

Once we decided what floor coating to use and once it was purchased, it was time to put in onto our spanking new looking old hardwood floors!

I had read the installation instructions, which asked for thorough dust removal prior to the sealer application. I started by sweeping all the floors, followed by meticulous vacuuming with our big shop vac.

That didn’t stop our contractor from vacuuming again in preparation for the first coat application.

Did I mention that the sealer was literally odorless, despite the 200 g/l VOC content? If you ever have been around the high VOC content products, you’ll appreciate the absence of fumes and the improvement to indoor air quality (IQA).

The day after the first coat, Frank, our flooring contractor, buffed all the floors with a fine 200 mesh. It was explained to me that the first coat typically raise the wood grain. Thus the buffing to smooth everything out again.

The buffing and vacuuming was followed by a second coat of the sealer, which was evenly applied across the floors.

This is all deadline work because we are using a two component based product. Once the catalyst (or hardener) is mixed in with the sealer, things have to move at a good pace. The working time of the Arboritec Avenue floor finish is limited to four hours.

One more light buffing followed by a third coat of the sealer the following day and the job was done.

We are very happy with the results. It was important to us to preserve the original color of the wood. The Arboritec Avenue floor finish did just that. It didn’t darken or stain the floors, but added a very slight gloss.

That’s the reward for reuse and we love every bit of it! Just couldn’t get enough looking at those old but new floors. Well, soon they’ll be covered up again, in preparation for the wall painting.

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

One thought on “Putting it on

  1. Thank you for such a heartwarming story. We are so proud of being a part of your amazing house project. We hope you will enjoy your floors for a very long time. We’re always here for you whenever you may need us in the future. Kind regards. Team Arboritec.

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