Of course being a wood flooring tech i’m a little bit bias but i still would really like to get your input on this subject and try to help supply you with the Pros/Cons on the matter. The list goes on and on. A certified NWFA Installer is educated on all the correct steps to assure the life of your wood floors. So next time you are looking for a wood floor company be sure to ask them if they are certified through the NWFA. As a hardwood floor professional, I take it very seriously when I come across certain stories that can effect the health of uninformed consumers.
I am a member of the National Wood Floor Association (NWFA), so I receive updates on current events from all over the nation on a pretty regular basis. When I came across this story about product being sold to the US at 100 x the formaldehyde limit, I felt that I needed to help spread the word in case someone has recently purchased this flooring and has no idea what it is that is in their home. So if you or anyone you know has purchased and installed a laminate floor from Lumber Liquidators, PLEASE read this story and follow up to see if it is the same product.
Here is the link for you to read the original story: Formaldehyde Story Basically there is a company that has had several legal issues this past year that has now been selling a laminate floor product that has been manufactured in China with 100 x the allotted amount of Formaldehyde. Many people ask us why they should professionally clean and maintain their hardwood floors. I have even heard some folks say they would rather not have real wood floors because of this. The simple truth is you shouldn’t need to sand and refinish your wood floors that often.
They are stuck in the rut of believing they should keep up with their normal maintenance techniques and then call their local wood floor professionals every 5 years or so to get their floors sanded and refinished to look new again. This is adding another protective layer to your floors and making them not only look beautiful again, but helping to protect them for a longer period of time.
If you maintain them the way your local wood floor professionals have taught you AND you have your wood floors professionally cleaned every 6 months to a year you should not ever need to sand and refinish your floors. When contacting the company please make sure to ask them if they are able to chemically bond a new polyurethane finish coat to the floor.