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Recommendations for a NO VOC durable floor finish?

englishgirl12 | Posted in Green Products and Materials on

We are installing white oak hardwoods everywhere in our home. Can anyone recommend the best hardwood sealer/floor finish? We are going to go with the natural color of the wood, but want a NO (not low) VOC product that is also durable. We’d prefer a matte or low sheen finish. Thank you!

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  1. user-2310254 | | #1

    I believe that Bona makes some products that are low or no VOC. You can also check

    My prefinished floors have a hard wax finish, which I highly recommend if you want to avoid odors and chemicals. Wax is a little more maintenance and not a durable as polyurethane, but it is ideal for someone who wants a "green" product.

  2. englishgirl12 | | #2

    We have considered the hard wax, but it just isn't durable enough in our "durability tests" for two young kids and two large dogs. I saw the Ecos one - which looks good - but I don't know how durable it is. Bona is low VOC I believe.

  3. Jon_R | | #3

    Maybe search for "100% solids".

  4. brp_nh | | #4

    A search of "no VOC floor finish" turned up this site and various products to check out:

    For actual experience, we used the EcoFlorZ (no VOC) product on our concrete floors and have been happy with the look and durability. I believe it's also marketed for use on wood floors and available in glossy/matte/satin:
    Would probably be good to get a sample and test first.

    We used Vermont Natural Coatings (low VOC) on our wood (spruce) floors and have been very happy with it. Easy to work with. Looks like they have a new high traffic finish:

  5. user-2310254 | | #5

    I suspect you are going to have some tradeoff with any low/no VOC product. If you are chemically sensitive, zero VOCs would be best.

    On Bona, they have some Greengard certified products, which may or may not be sufficient for your purposes.

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