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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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Why Choose a Waterbased Finish for Your Wood Floor?

Wondering why you should choose a waterbased finish for your wood floor? Because it’s more durable, better for your health and for the environment, faster to implement and non-flammable. And because there’s nothing quite like a beautiful wood floor to take a room to the next level. Let’s take an in-depth look at the advantages of a waterbased finish.

  1. Durability: waterbased finishes offer the ultimate protection for your wood floor. Tested for abrasion resistance, some have proven to be five times more resistant than oil-based finishes.
  2. Less odor and better for the environment, thanks to its lower VOC content. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. Simply stated, VOCs are gases emanating from certain solids. Exposure to increased VOCs can cause health and environmental problems, so limiting them should be a top priority.
  3. Because most water-based finishes dry clear, the floor’s natural wood hues shine through without the yellowing that oil-based finishes can produce. Stand back and enjoy the beauty!
  4. Quicker drying times. Water is thinner than oil, so applications dry quickly. And, no, that doesn’t mean you need more coats. Faster curing times mean less downtime and can get your floor back in action just 24 hours later. (This is one of the reasons fewer VOCs are released.)
  5. Waterbased finishes are not combustible or flammable, and neither are their vapors. Because you don’t need to be worrying about a fire on top of everything else.

There are a lot of options in floor care, and it can get overwhelming quickly. That’s why Basic Coatings® makes it easy. We’re here to educate, evaluate and advise you on what’s best for your floors. To learn more about the advantages of waterbased finishes from Basic Coatings, 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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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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Basic is Better: StreetShoe Waterbased Wood Floor Finish

One of the most common errors when applying a new floor finish relates to a problem we’ve all shared at one point in time—a lack of patience. Any professional in the industry should want every newly coated floor to look like a dream floor the first time around. In the best interest of the contractor and the homeowner, proper application of floor finish means avoiding re-sanding or refinishing which saves everyone time and money.

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Basic Coatings® has you Covered!

CaptureBasic Coatings® is excited to announce the Basic Coatings Pullover Giveaway.  Your contractor customers can take advantage of the proven performance of StreetShoe or the industry leading one component durability of EasyStreet and get covered.  Purchase any combination of 12 gallons of StreetShoe® or EasyStreet™ Finish and get a wind cheap cialis 20 mg resistant pullover FREE!  Offer starts April 15th and runs till supplies last, keep a lookout for the hardcopy marketing materials attached or contact your local Basic Coatings representative for more information.

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We Will Make this Choice an EASY One!

Having issues with your Maple floors? We aren’t surprised. Maple wood floors are known to show the smallest of blemishes and cosmetic flaws. The density of the wood does not allow for the wood finish to permeate the wooden fibers. Our friends maple woodat The Philadelphia Floor Store, Inc. thought that testing floor finishes on maple wood would be a great opportunity to separate the good finishes from the great finishes. The Philadelphia Floor Store has a room filled with a variety of wood floor samples for the sole purpose of testing products. They decided to put our EasyStreet™ up to the test against the notoriously difficult maple wood floor.

Before we tell you how it went, we are going to let you in on a little secret. EasyStreet, the one component waterbased floor provides for outstanding clarity and durability without an outside catalyst. It is ideal for commercial, residential and sporting floors, including those that are maple!

Now, back to EasyStreet. The Philadelphia Floor Store chose to test the Satin finish. (EasyStreet comes in four different finishes: Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Super Matte and Satin). The reasonuntitleding for choosing Satin was because Satin is more likely to highlight finishing flaws that have to do with flow and leveling. What they found was that EasyStreet’s Satin finish responded flawlessly. Mike cheap generic cialis free shipping Glavin, from the Philadelphia Floor Store commented on EasyStreet, “ It’s forgiving and easy to use for a single component water based product, it’s a great overall product and we would recommend it to any of our customers!” said Glavin. The company saw no blemishes, streaks or bubbles. They also found that EasyStreet is one of the easiest finishes to use that is available in the market.  It is compatible with A, B and C mechanics.  Since it is a single component finish, you do not have to worry about mixing a catalyst to get your desirable outcome. Another added benefit of EasyStreet is that unlike most floor finishes, EasyStreet can be applied with two different methods, rolling and pulling.

If you are struggling with your maple wood floors, ask Philadelphia Floor Store yourself! Basic Coatings strives to stay current in the hardwood floor finish industry providing you with me most technically advanced products. Visit Basic Coatings® 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.

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Cat-a-lyst / katl-ist (noun) 1.) A substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.

Adding catalyst is a great choice when using a hardwood finish. While you may not “need” a catalyst, it is recommended to avoid excessive scuffing and scratching. If done correctly, your floor finish in conjunction with a catalyst will leave your floors aesthetically appealinghydroline plus and tough as nails.

We recommend using catalyst in Basic Coatings’ StreetShoe® 275 and Hydroline®Plus. Catalyst is optional in Emulsion PRO™, click here to read about the benefits of catalyst in Emulsion PRO.   Once catalyzed wood floor finishes have a pot life of 24 hours. After that, the catalyst slowly becomes less effective because it reacts with the water in the system. Re-dosing or re-catalyzing unused portions of finish after 24 hours restores the mar and chemical resistance properties of the dried film.
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Why Basic Coatings®? Great Tips and Recommendations!

Recommendations for Rolling Applications

Basic Coatings® routinely tests commonly used paint rollers to insure compatibility with all Basic Coatings Waterbased Wood Floor Finishes.  Basic Coatings has found the listed rollers to perform best with all Basic Coatings Finishes. With good application methods, many different rollers will work with various finishes.  If you are looking for great results, take a look at our recommended list of rollers and procedures.roller

Recommended Paint Rollers for Basic Coatings Waterbased Finishes

  • 5/16” Sherwin Williams® Microfiber
  • 5/16” Wooster® Microfiber
    • Note:  Best results were found using rollers labeled for “Smooth Surfaces”.

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“Squeaky Clean”

Have yoSqueaky Floor Care Systemu ever found yourself battling heavy oil based soils on your hardwood floor? You may be using the wrong products. Most general purpose neutral cleaners take multiple attempts to distinguish common contaminants such as, furniture polish, shoe marks and dust mop treatments and we ask ourselves, “Who has time for that?” Basic Coatings® does provide a product that can solve these issues. Squeaky™ wood floor cleaner is specially made to dissolve oil based soils in one pass. This is how Squeaky can help you!

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