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A Scrubber Designed for Wood Floors

Product innovation can sprout from anywhere. It’s goal – being a solution to solve an unmet need. The story behind the Basic Coatings Dirt Dragon is no different.

Let’s go back a few years to 1997 when the TyKote system was first developed. Back then, the cleaning process of the TyKote system was done by wrapping towels soaked in cleaning solution around push brooms and tacking the floor. Pretty labor intensive, right?

But, bigger floors needed a bigger, better solution. This is where the idea for the Dirt Dragon was evolved.

Basic Coatings saw an opportunity in markets like gym flooring, where large automatic scrubbers were needed for agitating the cleaning solution and extracting it from the floor. Knowing that scrubbing and extracting cleaning solutions is always better than mopping, the Basic Coatings team got to work to improve the TyKote system for the residential and commercial markets.

The foundation of the TyKote system is to get beautiful floors with less mess, so the first task on the docket was to figure out how to ensure that the majority of the dirt and contaminants are removed from the floor instead of being left behind. This system would need a machine with superior mechanical agitation from the brush to help loosen unwanted dirt. One of the suggested improvements was to use a grout scrubber on wood floors.

Dirt Dragon Numero Uno

Dirt-Dragon-1The first Dirt Dragon was a grout scrubber that was designed for scrubbing and extracting tile floors. The brush movement from a cylindrical brush is superior to a rotary brush on floors like tile in order to be able to get deep into the grouted joints between tile.

This first machine was successful at cleaning wood floors better than a mop and bucket, but it had some limitations. One of the main issues with this machine was that it was difficult to remove all water from the floor. Nonetheless, Basic Coatings had introduced an entirely new business model to flooring contractors and the system took off. This success led Basic Coatings to develop a scrubber that uniquely met the needs of wood floors.

While the first Dirt Dragon was not the first scrubber to enter the market, it was the only scrubber uniquely designed to be used on wood floors. Every other competitive scrubber marketed to the wood floor industry was first sold as a hard floor scrubber by cleaning companies. This is the key factor that sets the Dirt Dragon apart in the industry.

New and Improved

Dirt-Dragon-NewThe development of the second generation Dirt Dragon had wood floors in mind first. The guiding principles for product development were:

  • Water and Wood – we were sensitive to the issue that wood is hydroscopic and excessive moisture can cause problems for wood floors.
  • Wood is Unique – wood is a unique surface that is different than tile, concrete or other hard surfaces. Wood can dent, splinter and scratch. The finishes can burnish or dull due to different types of abrasion.

Understanding the uniqueness of wood led to all of the machine features that the Dirt Dragon is known for today, like:

  • Brush Type – brushes can come in many different specifications and Basic Coatings tested hundreds of different variations on different species of wood. The brush needs to be able to abrade the dirt without abrading the finish or scratching the wood. It needs to be flexible enough to get deep into open wood grain but stiff enough for cleaning performance. Different Brush Bristle Materials were tested. The amount of brush strands inserted into each brush holder hole were varied.
  • Brush Pattern – another brush characteristic is the chevron pattern of the bristles. The entire brush needs to be wet for cleaning. Once wet, the chevron design helps funnel the cleaning solution towards the vacuum port. This pattern was chosen due to our desire to remove all solution from the floor.
  • Vacuum Power – the vacuum is 2x stronger than what typically would have been specified for a floor scrubber. This ensures all solution is removed.
  • Squeegee Design – the machine has forward and reverse squeegee holders and 4 squeegee sides that completely surround the brush. This design really helps to contain the solution.
  • Flow Control – Most scrubbers have an on/off feature. The Dirt Dragon also has a flow control knob that allows the user to dial down the solution applied to the floor for sensitive floors.

To learn more about the Basic Coatings Dirt Dragon or the TyKote system, click here!

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4 Easy Ways to Prevent Your Hardwood Floors from Fading

Hardwood floors are a pretty big and important investment. The wood type, color, sheen and design at installation are all key factors in the look of the final product. Over time, these floors may fade, become discolored or warp. What causes this? Sunlight – just like the sun can burn your body if you expose it for too long, the sun can affect your wood floors.

Protect your Floors from Fading and Sun Damage

1. Rearrange your furniture.

Every few months, consider changing up the layout of a room. Move a rug or reposition some furniture. It doesn’t take drastic changes – just enough so that different areas of the floor get different levels of sun exposure.

2. Create some shade.

Drapes or curtains help keep the sun out, but adding some plants to the landscaping in front of windows could be even more effective. Plants will help counteract the sun’s searing effects (not to mention, your yard will look fantastic!).

3. Refinish regularly.

Don’t wait until the damage is done. By refinishing wood floors regularly, you can prevent sun damage before it becomes permanent. Floors looking discolored, scratched or extremely worn? It may be time to call a contractor to refinish.

4. Connect with the experts.

Think your floors are over-exposed to sunlight, but not sure what you can do? Don’t fret. Call a contractor in your area to come out and take a look at your floor. They’re wood flooring expertise and knowledge of products will help you find a solution that works for you.

Quick tip: Basic Coatings’ StreetShoe® NXT is a waterbased wood floor finish that was specifically made with a UV Inhibitor to minimize sunlight-related color changes for high traffic wood floors. Click here to learn more.

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Overworked Finish? Here’s How to Fix It

Fast-drying finishes can sometimes be tricky. If you go over the finish with the applicator once the finish has started to dry or “kicked over”, it can create bubbles or make the finish streak. This appearance is caused by pulling the new finish over the partially cured finish. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent this issue.

Prevention:

Don’t Use Old Finish – Make sure you check the batch codes from the manufacturer of the finish before you lay it down. Expired finishes can be foamy or bubbly, which can affect the way the finish performs.

Lay it and Leave it – Focus on completing the floor a little at a time. Work in an area about 3 by 3 feet – something manageable and comfortable. Once the finish is dry, you can go back to do minor repairs as opposed to repairing a big area of overworked finish.

Don’t Wring Out Applicators – When your “wring out” your applicator during the application process, you are introducing air into the applicator and into the finish you are applying. This will cause foam or bubbles. Instead of wringing out your applicator to remove drips, try just tapping the excess off.

Control the Air Flow – When your coating the floor, make sure the HVAC system is off. This will prevent uneven finish, debris, streaks, etc. Once the floor is finished, wait about 30-45 minutes before turning the system back on.

Add Water – If you are working in high temperatures or low humidity it can be beneficial to add water to your finish to extend the “open” time.  You can add up 12 ounces of water per gallon.

How to Fix it:

Looking for a way to fix overworked finish? The best way to repair these issues is to abrade and recoat.  You can also check out our video on small board repair by clicking here.

Still have questions? Call us at 800-441-1934 to talk with our experts.

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Wood Floor Trends You Should Know About

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Your home is an extension of yourself and your personal style. From the ceiling to the floors and everything in between, you make it whatever you want.

The trends we see in homes have changed with each decade; mint green cabinets from the 50’s, popcorn ceilings in the 60’s and brightly colored shag carpets from the 70’s. However, while these trends come and go, there is on trend that has remained constant—hardwood floors.

With more options available now more than ever, it can be difficult to decide on one particular look. Here are the wood floor trends you should know about for 2017:

Don’t be afraid of the dark. The classic, yet edgy appearance of dark hardwood is growing popularity. Its dramatic look pairs well with lighter contrasting furniture and décor. While the darker color may be harder to keep clean, it hides imperfections better.

Bigger is better. Wide plank floors add more depth to a room, giving it a fresh and modern look. This style offers diversity from your typical narrow strip flooring.

Don’t hide these grays. Who says hardwood floors have to be brown? Gray hardwood is anything but boring and gives any room a new and improved appearance. The neutral color pairs easily with almost any design, giving you free rein to be creative in your home.

Shy away from shine. The natural look of wood is beautifully understated. Putting a glossy finish sometimes takes away the simplicity of the wood floor. Adding a matte finish will keep your floor protected while preserving the classic natural look of wood.

What’s old is new. Textured wood floors add an antique element to your home. Wire brush your floors for a more aged or distressed look. To obtain an earthy, more rustic feel, try hand-scraped for a one of a kind style.

Whatever trend you decide to incorporate into your home, make sure you choose the right contractor and products to bring your wood floors to life. To locate a contractor in your area or learn more about what products to use on your wood floors, please visit basiccoatings.com today!

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Don’t Give Your Floors the Cold Shoulder this Winter

boots and snowWinter is in full swing and is taking charge with snow, slush and ice. While bundling up and staying warm inside, make sure you don’t give your floors the cold shoulder. It’s important to be aware of the dangers that the winter elements can leave behind on both carpet and hard surface floors.

As people come and go in a facility they stomp, shake and dump snow, slush and salt on floors everywhere. This snowy, slushy mess doesn’t end after it dries and leaves behind un-melted rock salt. Stains as white as snow can be seen on all types of floor surfaces. While these stains are pesky and damaging, they are preventable and your floors are savable.

Salt stains are not harmful if attended to quickly. The faster you remove the moisture and chemicals, the less time they have to damage your floors. Keep absorbent towels or rags near your doors to clean up the messes as they occur, and a vacuum or broom to remove any dry residue.

Use a reliable buy generic cialis online us matting system. A matting system acts as a first line of defense against tracked-in contaminants on your floors. Over 80% of dirt and residue are brought in by people entering a facility; a good entrance matting system can trap 90% of this dirt and debris that is brought in!

Prevention is the best defense. It’s important to keep in mind that all floor types are vulnerable during the winter. Using a daily maintenance cleaner is one of the most important steps to extend the life of your floors.

For the best solution to protect your hard surface floors from salt and other winter debris, use the Basic Coatings® Squeaky Floor Care System. Squeaky™ is designed for daily cleaning of wood, VCT, laminate and other hard surface floors. If your floors really take a beating this winter, call Basic Coatings® at 800-441-1934 for superior service and technical excellence.

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Is Winter a-SALT-ing Your Floors?

When it snows, it salts. While salt trucks go about their business keeping the roads a little bit safer for all of us, it’s our floors that wind up in danger. As people come and go in a facility they stomp, shake and dump snow, slush and salt on floors everywhere. This can wreak havoc on both carpet and hard surface floors.

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Don’t Experience a Fall-ing Out with Your Hardwood Floors

It’s that time of the year again when the warm summer days come to a screeching halt and the leaves begin to change. Autumn brings many challenges for hardwood floors which are often only remembered during the heat and humidity of the summer months. As cooler, outside air is heated for indoor use, the relative humidity level drops substantially. This in turn, affects several things related to hardwood floors; mainly finish application, maintenance and wood shrinkage.

Lower humidity will shorten the working time of applying finish, so application procedures will need to be adjusted. Streamline your techniques in order to apply finish in less time. If you restrict ventilation while applying a finish, you will create more working time. Also consider adding some water to waterbased finishes to increase working time. Remember to ventilate well after the finish is applied!

squeakyWith cooler climates and drier air, dust migration also increases. Excessive dust makes floors slippery and can increase wear. Inclement generic cialis canadian weather increases tracked-in dirt, salt, sand, and grit so cleaning schedules should be increased to compensate. Frequent dust mopping and cleaning with Squeaky Cleaner is an excellent method to remove dust, dirt, and other build-ups. We recommend using a matting system by doors to avoid slip and fall accidents from dirt and contaminants that are brought in from the outside.

When moisture levels drop, wood shrinkage is an entirely natural process that opens up cracks between boards in wood floors. Unfortunately, opening cracks are almost always noticeable and objectionable, in newly installed or freshly resanded floors.

Shrinkage can be aggravated by inadequate building materials and sub-floors, insufficient nailing or gluing, lack of acclimation of flooring before installation, or improper sealing and finishing systems.

The cooler months can be a hard time for your hardwood floors, but a few simple steps can dramatically decrease the risk of damage. Look to Basic Coatings for more tips and recommendations to maintain your hardwood floors!

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Become a Master of Waterbased Floor Finish

If you are in the hardwood floor industry, you might know that Basic Coatings is a believer in waterbased finishes. But, what are the perks of using waterbased finishes and how do you use them? If you are a contractor, it is good to know that a waterbased finish is a smart option when refinishing hardwood floors.

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Protect Hardwood Floors From Ultraviolet Sunlight

Ultraviolet Rays and Wood Floors

We’ve all heard horror stories about how the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage our skin. What you may not know is that UV light can also wreak havoc on hardwood floors and their coatings.

Hardwood floors are coated for one reason above all others—protection. Coatings help protect wood floors from a number of elements. Moisture and abrasion are perhaps the most common concerns for hardwood floor owners, but even the sunlight through windows can damage a floor. Ultraviolet light produced by the sun’s rays can significantly age wood, much as it does human skin. With prolonged exposure, the more harmful UV light can be. Most coatings help protect wood from this kind of damage, however, UV light can also cause some very obvious and unwanted changes to the coatings themselves.

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5 Simple Ways to Prevent Ridging

ridgingRidging is a term used to describe an increase in coating thickness that appears as lines or marks in the finish that usually travel with the grain of the wood or can become a problem when applying finish across the grain. This type of surface effect is caused by a thicker line of finish being applied along the edges of the applicator such as a T-bar, roller or paint pad not leveling or flowing out upon drying. This surface defect is made worse by fast setting environmental conditions during coating, i.e. high temperatures and/or low humidity. If it dries too fast, the normal ability of the finish to flow out is impaired. Other possibilities for ridging can be caused from an improperly mixed matte finish leaving gloss differences (streaks) that may look like ridges, applying a finish on a hot floor or an improper sanding sequence.

If you are experiencing ridging or streaks on your floor, you have come to the right place. Here are five simple prevention techniques that can save you from a streaky floor.

1) Make sure all applicator pads are clean and soft all over. Even a couple of hard hairs can leave buy generic cialis usa distinct lines in the finish.

2) When the sun is shining through a window onto the floor, cover the window or coat the floor when the sun is not shining on the floor.

3) When using a T-bar applicator, do not lap over more than 2 inches under fast setting conditions.

4) Close up the job to apply finish and open up the job to dry after the finish has flowed correctly, 30 to 45 minutes after coating is a good rule of thumb.

5) Be careful of your applicator technique. Never leave lines across grain where possible. Apply heavy enough that the finish stays wet long enough to flow out on the floor during hot, dryer conditions.

If you are still experiencing floor ridging after practicing the above prevention techniques, we recommend you contact a Basic Coatings® representative to further assess your needs.

Micah PetersenMicah Petersen, Senior Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.

The Two Oaks and Tannin Pull

Solid wood flooring is one of the most recognizable and unique flooring surfaces available on the market today. There is an abundance of options from the species of wood and  it’s color or warmth to the more technical aspects such as wood hardness or ability to accept stain. These and many other factors should be  considered before choosing your type of wood.  One of the most common of these wood choices in the United States is Oak.

There are two main species of oak that are prevalent in the solid wood flooring market; Red Oak and White Oak. It is vitally important to fully comprehend their intrinsic differences and how to distinguish between the two as they react differently when used with water-based coatings.  Typically there is a noticeable color difference between the two, one being “white” or “more blonde” and the other being “red”, but this is not always the case.

Distinguishing between Red and White Oak can be so difficult that now companies manufacture testing kits. However, if you understand a few parameters, telling the difference is a piece of cake. To make sure you have the correct wood prior to purchase, follow the below instructions:

  • Picture1Remove a piece of flooring from the pallet.
  • Turn the board so the end of board is easily visible.
  • Visible holes or “bullets” in the cut end of the board indicate Red Oak.
  • “Fills” or “no bullets” indicate White Oak.
  • Cross-bred flooring typically is a mix of “bullets” and “fills” and should be treated as if it is White Oak.

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Oh, Those Pesky Swirl Marks

Remember the recent job you completed by full sanding and applying that absolutely gorgeous dark walnut stain? How heartbreaking it was when you went back to apply the finish and noticed all those sander and swirl marks. What must have gone through your mind knowing that all the hard work you put in must now be sanded away and completed again to correct the sanding issues? Talk about throwing away profits! Continue reading

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The Benefits of Wood Sealers

Often times I will hear wood floor contractors and other industry professionals disparage the use of a sealer during sand and finish jobs as being unnecessary. Explaining that it is a waste of both time and money when one can simply use the chosen top coat for all coats. While this may be true for a three coat omu chop job, a quality finish job will benefit from the use of a wood floor sealer in both appearance and final physical properties. 

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Wood floor sealers, particularly in water based coatings, main job is to provide an excellent bonding coat to the substrate while providing a suitable bonding site for the topcoat being used. Sealers provide proper adhesion in several different ways chemically, such as with acrylics or urethanes designed for their superior adhesive properties or crosslinking agents providing a boost to adhesion. Stains, paints and various types of wood can provide adhesion challenges that most topcoats are ill equipped to handle. Unfortunately, adhesion issues may not manifest themselves right away but only surface when the floor begins to undergo seasonal expansion and contractions. Proper use of a sealer can prevent unhappy customer complaints about peelings months after the job has been completed.

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Simply submit a success story or some tips and techniques that you use that you think could benefit other readers and we will post to all of our loyal followers. Submit any topic related to wood floor finishing to our Contact Us form and we will post articles on Facebook and Twitter. If you have any pictures that you would like to include, please feel free to send them as well. One lucky winner will get their blog in the next issue of Basic Coatings Waterworks!

 

A Common Misconception

Applying as many heavy coats of finish
as possible is best…

This is a common misconception. Multiple thick coats do not dry properly and will scratch easier. The total number of recommended coats of sealer and finish is normally three to four on a newly sanded floor. This includes most often one or two sealer coats and one or two finish coats. All coatings should be evenly applied to their recommended coverage rates. This will ensure proper drying, best appearance and wear resistance.

Excessive top coatings tend to give the floor a look as if it were plastic or artificial. In the case of solvent-based finishes, which yellow over time, the appearance of the wood grain becomes obliterated. It will also get “murky” if you apply too many coats and do not allow the proper solidscuring time for each layer. Too many coats can make it difficult to determine a wood species when numerous coatings have been applied over the years giving a look of a painted surface.

The type of hardwood floor you have and use can determine the amount of finish coats you apply. Make sure you speak with an expert or your hardwood floor contractor if you have questions.

Micah PetersenMicah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.

Death, Taxes and Winter Time Cracks

cracked floorsThree things you can depend on are, Death, Taxes and Cracks between the boards on your solid wood floors. Solid wood floors expand and contract with change in moisture content. In the winter with heat being turned up for warmth, the moisture level in the house will decrease.  Humidifiers do not always keep up the moisture content in the hardwood flooring. The wood flooring boards will shrink away from each other causing cracks in the finish. The flooring will then expand tight when the moisture returns to the wood flooring.

If you are considering having your wood floors sanded and refinished with a low VOC OMU, it is recommended to wait until the wood flooring is tightly expanded. OMU’s with low VOC have cialis generic overnight high viscosities and do not dry completely when applied. Finish will fill into the cracks between each board and will not dry completely.  When the flooring expands tightly together again, it will force the undried finish up and cause poly balls.  These are an eyesore to your beautiful hardwood floors.  Therefore, waiting to redo the floors with a low VOC OMU should be considered.

Micah PetersenMicah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.

Finishes and Cures- Continued

worn finishLast week, we discussed three common causes and cures for hardwood floors. Those three were just a few of many of the common issues that can arise with hardwood floors and hardwood floor finishes. If you are frustrated with your floors due to appearance issues, not to worry, most of these issues have an easy solution. Here are two more common issues that you might be experiencing.

Early Finish Wear-

Cause: It seems like it was just yesterday when you applied that new finish to your hardwood floors and you are already seeing wear and tear. There are several variables that can be the cause to an early deterioration. Poor maintenance is the leading cause to a diminishing floor finish. Some of these procedures might include, using too strong of a floor cleaner, using water to clean and/or failure to fully remove grits from the floor’s surface. Also, the use of acrylic floor buy cheap cialis polish products that build up and start to show early wear patterns and dirt embedment.Other common reasons include, damage from pet nails, an inadequate amount of floor finish on the initial finishing process, applying multiple layers of finish and not allowing the previous layers to completely cure and improper sanding techniques.

Cure: If your floors are deteriorating due to improper maintenance issues, most of these problems can be avoided by taking better care of your floors. Simple steps such as, regular dust mopping, appropriate floor cleaners and chemicals, removing poorly wearing floor polish products, and using floor mats and protectants can help to avoid a premature finish wear. Add an additional coat of finish to the floor if an inadequate amount was applied in the beginning. Beware of pet nails length or get booties for the pet.  If your issues are occurring due to a poor floor sanding, your best option is to re-sand the floors using proper sanding procedures.

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Cause: Floor finishes are not meant to have a metallic or hazy appearance to them.  This can occur because of inadequate ventilation during the drying process. Inadequate ventilation will cause a solvent saturation in the air above the drying finish. This solvent will settle on the surfaces of the floors and the result will be a metallic or blushing appearance.

Cure: To help avoid this phenomenon always be sure to have adequate ventilation
after the finish is dry to the touch so dust will not settle in the finish. To cure this, the best solution would be to screen and recoat the problem areas using proper ventilation.

Stay tuned for more causes and cures to hardwood floors and hardwood floor finishes!

Micah PetersenMicah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.

Keep an Eye Out – More Causes and Cures to Hardwood Floor Issues

cloudy hazeThere are several issues that can arise due to simple mistakes when it comes to applying finish on a hardwood floor. Hardwood floors should add value to a home and a sloppy finish can decrease that value! Let’s take a look at three common issues.

#1 – Bleed Back

Cause – Bleed back is a phenomenon when staining wood floors. Stain that has penetrated into the open grain of the wood or in a fine crack, wicks back to the surface forming a wet dot at the end of the grain or a wet line along a crack as the floor dries. Sometimes this is not seen until the sealer or first finish coat is applied. The bleed back squeezes up through the first coat leaving a smearing mess on the surface.

Cure- Applying the stain even and thinner is a good start to staining wood floors. Buffing on the stain is one way to achieve an even and thin stain job. Not all stains can be buffed on. Check the label instructions or contact the manufacturer to find out if the stain can be buffed. Darker more intense stain look can be achieved by water popping the grain of the wood before staining. Be sure the moisture is gone before staining. Air movement and ventilation is important in getting stain to cure before top coating with a sealer or finish. Never double stain wood floors. Always check with the manufacturer for dry time and proper drying conditions.

#2- Alligatoring-

Cause-  Alligatoring is an effect when a floor finish pulls away from buy cialis online from india itself creating ridges in the finish. This effect will cause your finish to resemble an alligator’s skin. There are several causes for this issue, including, contaminants in the finish, cold temperatures during application, applying a heavier finish coat than what is recommended or applying another top coat before the bottom coat is dry.

Cure- To fix this, you will need to screen  or scrape off the finish until a dry finish is reached. If the finish is not completely dry, you run the risk of repeating this problem.

#3- A Cloudy or Hazy Finish

Cause- A cloudy or milky finish occurs when you apply a finish over a stain that is not dry yet. When a finish is applied over a stain that is not dry the trapped solvent from the stain turns the finish to a cloudy or hazy appearance.

Cure- To relieve this issue, you will need to sand the floor to bare wood and start over. Make sure to increase your dry time before coating over the stain. Be sure to have plenty of air movement and proper temperature conditions. Allowing extra time for the stain to dry will help in having the proper coating job. Never rush dry times.

Micah PetersenMicah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.

A Sight for Sore Eyes

hardwood-floor-water-damageThe snow is slowly melting and the temperatures are rising. You know what that means, water…everywhere and a risk for potential flooding! The warmer temperatures might be nice for you, but your hardwood floors are another story. Unfortunately, real hardwood floors are not waterproof and run the risk of absorbing moisture and high amounts of moisture and water can potentially cause catastrophic damage to wood. Sometimes, you may not even know that your floors are harboring moisture and the damage goes unseen. Here are a few signs to look for…

  • Minor Damage – Evidence of minor damage to a wood floor is a hazy or white  stain on the surface. Treat this minor surface damage by thoroughly cleaning or applying another coat of finish.
  • Severe Damage – When wood flooring is faced with severe damage, the mess needs to be handled quickly to prevent permanent damage. If your floors  have severe damage, you will cheap cialis online uk most likely see puddles of standing water,  squishy boards, and damp walls around the edges of your baseboards. Drying out the area is the first goal and if this can’t be accomplished quickly,      homeowners should reach out to a trusted professional immediately. Air movement is essential to restoring your floor.
  • Mold Growth –If your floors have mold, it will most likely look like black stains on your floors. Mold is not only damaging to your floors, but it is harmful to a homeowner’s health and it needs to be treated immediately. Treatment  of mold growth often includes removing the wax finish and treating the floor with oxalic acid crystals and hot water to kill the mold. After the mold has been treated, the area must be stained and sealed. A homeowner  should have a contractor or a professional to assess the clean up to make sure all the mold has been removed.
  • Subfloor Damage – A subfloor is the structural floor beneath the finish of a hardwood floor. Many times, subfloors are plywood, but consist of pine in older homes. Damage to subfloors can be seen as common issues such as, popping or cracking boards. If you do not know how to fix these issues, you can contact a Basic Coating’s professional today.

Micah PetersenMicah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.

“Ice Ice Baby”

The winter months can wreak havoc on your carpet, vinyl and hardwood floors leaving a white residue for everyone to see. But what is that white dry stain on your floors and is it dangerous to your hardwood floors and finish? The stains you are seeing includes residue from snow and ice melt. Unfortunately, your floors take the beating during these cold months due to people tracking salt and snow residue in on their shoes and clothing. These stains are easily preventable and are not considered harmful to your floors if attended properly. So, you might be asking, what should I do? A great solution to prevent snow and ice melt stains is to use a reliable matting system. This eliminates guests from tracking in unwanted contaminants on your floors. Also, the mat is much easier to clean as you can just wash it. Over 80% of dirt and residues are brought in by people entering the facility. A good entrance matting system can trap 90% of what is brought in!

By using an indoor matting system, the mat is more likely to pick up snow and ice melt that is tracked in from the outside on our shoes, generic cialis prescription coats and clothes. We recommend finding a high thread count mat with a rubber back to avoid slipping.  Many higher quality rubber mats are made from recycled water bottles and Tires to assist the reduction of dumping into landfills.

A few other suggestions:ice

1.) Keep outside entryways clear. Shovel snow and ice away up to 25 feet away from the building.

2.) Scraper Mats- These types of mats contain rough threads that will trap more dirt and grime from your shoes by simply scraping your shoes before entry.

3.) Wiper Mats- These mats allow you to dry your shoes before entry by rubbing your shoes on a fast drying material.

4.) Maintenance Cleaning- Although matting can help, regular maintenance can help regulate the amount of contaminants brought in. By vacuuming the floor mats daily, you can eliminate the excess ice melt and dirt from the snow from entering the building.

Micah PetersenMicah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.

The Four Stages of Curing

“Is it dry yet”? Or “How much longer?” Are common questions asked during a curing process. The proper mechanism for finish drying and curing varies by type of finish. It is important to know that each type of finish has their own needs and drying points, but there are several commonly used terms to describe certain points along the dry curve regardless of the type finish. These are the four most common stages of curing.

Set Point:  The first stage that a finish arrives at is the point where it will no longer flow and level. This is called the set point. It is not dry, it may be tacky, it may even feel liquid when touched, but enough liquid carrier has evaporated so the product will not flow and level any further. This is sometimes referred to as the gel point in two part systems.

Dry to Touch: This is the second stage of finish drying. It is just what it says, if you lightly touch the surface, liquid will not transfer to your finger. It will be dust free at this point in the dry cycle, no dust sticks to the surface. Most times it will be wet underneath, only the “skinned” over surface is dry. This is also the point at which air movement can be started buy cialis online across the surface to draw off the liquid carrier.

Dry Hard: Third Stage is hard enough and dry enough to go on to the next steps. The floor can be screened and another coat added, or can be walked on lightly. Normally it cannot be covered or rugs put back at this dry stage even though many contractors turn the job over to the owner at this point.

Fully Cured: This will vary from days to months depending on the type of finish and the conditions of the jobsite. It is the point that the finish develops 100% of all its properties.

These drying stages are well known by the finish manufacturers and any contractor can get a good estimate of the time the various stages will take to develop by talking with their supplier. When asking the supplier, the contractor would help himself by accurately describing the conditions to the best of his knowledge.

Micah PetersenMicah Petersen, Product Manager for Basic Coatings, spent the first 15 years of his career as a Research and Development Chemist before becoming Product Manager. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and a multitude of outdoor activities. For further questions regarding hardwood floor care and Basic Coatings, please email Micah at Micahblog@basiccoatings.com.