It took me longer than I had thought but I think I am happy with the results.
I did not know what I was going to stain the floor with. I did a lot of research on floor stain. I have research because Jason cannot tolerate any kind of smells. He gets really bad migraines. I wanted to use Waterlox because a few of the guys who woodturn use it and like it. I didn’t know how it smelled so I kept researching.
I found Earthpaint.
Earthpaint is a low odor and non-toxic floor cover that is safe for everyone (even my fur babies). The really nice thing too is, it will not harm the land. So, when washing off the paint brushes or the pans, I do not have to worry about it doing damage to the water lines or a landfill!!
The company has floor finishes and wood and deck stains (and paint) that has no naphtha, toluene, xylene, vinyl, or benzene (and is biodegradable).
I chose the Aqualine, which is their lowest odor floor finish. The satin finish worked best for me because I cannot stand high gloss floors. they have different colors to choose from. I thought at first I wanted one that was clear but we had some spots on the floor that needed less attention. The website says you can brush or mop it on. I tried to roll it but did not like it at all. I had to sand the floor again. I decided the best way for me to do this was to brush it on. You can re-coat the product every 90 minutes until 2 to 4 coats is down. I only did two coats because I didn’t want it too dark.
It came in a 5 gallon bucket. The little tin of color came separate so I had to mix it but it wasn’t a wrist breaking task. I stirred with a big stir stick and began to apply.
The great thing about this is, I could do it while Jason was in the same room and he had no reactions to it whatsoever.
I am not trying to get used to having hardwood floors. It seems to be louder in the house now. When the dogs run through the house or if I even walk through the house, it is a lot different than having carpet down. The nice thing is, there is no more granny puke mauve carpet!
I really enjoy my new floor and I really like the fact that it is safe for my family.