Quality Floor Care With Bona
When you've been in business for nearly a century, survived market crashes, social turbulences, seen the fall and rise of democracies, and have thrived for longer than many nations have had their independence, then you know you’re good at what you do. That's Bona in a nutshell, offering floor care services since 1919. The company was founded by Wilhelm Edner in Sweden, a shrewd businessman who saw the potential of floor wax in protecting the surfaces when it was introduced to the Swedish market that year. Over the decades, the family-owned company has specialised in the niche, with products that address the various needs out there, for home owners, contractors, architects, realtors- just about everyone in the building industry. The products are used for the installation, maintenance and renovation of exclusively wood floors, and the company has been so successful in its offing that it is now present in over 70 different countries around the world, through its subsidiaries and distributors. That's a brand you can trust.
A Look At Bona Solutions: From Fastening To Sanding
Bona range of floor care products cater to the entire life of the wood floor. As such, there are solutions for every stage of the process. Let's delve into what Bona has to offer:
Here, it's all about setting the proper foundation for the floor. The success of the end result depends on putting in place the right measures at the beginning. The Bona products in this section have been designed to enable you lay a superb foundation, regardless of the state of the subfloor, its dampness and evenness.
1. Screed Repair
Units available for this are the likes of the R400. It is a polyester resin (2-component) plus a hardener. It is used to restore and repair the floor’s screed before you apply adhesives or levelling compounds, Bona R405 which achieves the same effect but comes with a higher viscosity which enables adhesion to a wider range of substrates, all through to the R440, which is a 2-component silicate based cast resin that is used for fast repair and filling of those cracks and joints in the screeds. You can even use it to bond the metal profiles and nail bars. There are also wave bonders, which as 70 x 6 mm metal strips that are used in combination with R400 or R405 for repairing the cracks in screeds. These products enable fast application, like the R440 which is ready to use within seconds, and the R400 and R405 which have a 30-60 minutes drying time.
2. Moisture Barrier
Water is your wood floor's enemy. This is not just about the spills that end up on it. Sometimes it seeps right up from the subfloor. The moisture barriers come in to protect the wood floor from the underlying threat. These include the R410 that’s a 2-component epoxy resin which is used for damp-proofing concrete or cementitious subfloors that have up to 5 CM% (or 90% RH) in humidity. Bona R540 is a highly effective damp-proof membrane for absorbent and non-absorbent subfloors, and is also compatible with Bona’s silane and PU adhesives. Others like the R580 come with extremely quick drying times, where you can lay parquet on it in just 4 hours after application. With the R590,you won't have to worry about liquid extenders or other components that migrate after the curing process, and it’s a 1-component silane based primer that you can use to prime and/or seal the residual moisture in cement screeds or concrete (up to 5%CM / 90 %RH) before you install the wooden floor.
With priming, the goal is to ensure the products to be applied on the floor surface will be able to strongly adhere to it, and also improve on their protection attributes. Here, you have Bona products like the D500, that prepares absorbent and non-absorbent substrates for the application of dispersion-based parquet adhesives. It will bind the dust and reduce water absorption by the substrate. Note that it shouldn’t be used with silane-based adhesives. For this, you have the Bona D501, which has a 1-component acrylate base. For cases where you plan on using levelling compounds, the D510 is available to improve the flow and adhesion of the compounds, while simultaneously reducing the absorbency of the subfloor. There are situations where you have a dense, smooth and non-absorbent subfloor, like ceramic tiles. A primer is still required before you apply the levelling compounds, and that's where the Bona D520, that's based on an acrylate dispersion, comes in. Products like the S100 are used as dilutents and cleaning agents for different parquet adhesives and primers.
4. Levelling Compounds
In order to install the wood floors on a smooth surface, you have a wide range of levelling compounds. These include the cementitious and self-smoothening Bona H600, which has been specifically designed for the tough strains wooden floors. For cases where there are elastic and textile floor coverings, or parquet that has been glued down using silane adhesives, you want a levelling compound that has practically no shrinkage or tension, and that what you get with the calcium sulphate based H605. When filling holes and cracks in the screeds, or you want to repair and reface the internal concrete stair treads and risers, the rapid-setting and slump-free H610 mortar is the product for you. On the other hand, the Bona H660 and the H670 Gypsum have been specially designed for commercial sectors where you have mosaic, multi-layered or solid wood parquet. The efficiency of these levelling compounds can also be increased, especially attributes like their flexural and structural strength. That is achieved using Bona Fibers, which is easily added to the mix, without changing the handling properties or levelling behaviour of the compounds. The Fibers product is mainly used on flexible subfloors, like the planks or board floors that have been nailed or screwed into place, such as chipboard, plywood or OSB, fixed over joints or battens. Expansion Strips are then used to prevent sound bridges between the levelling compounds and building parts.
These come in when you want to reduce sound reverberation from footfall, and also reduce the amount of stress transferred to the subfloor when you install them before the final floor covering, be it wood flooring, ceramic tiles, or even natural stone. For the former you have the U300, made of recycled fine PUR foam granules and cork, and bound with PUR elastomers. For the stress reduction, products with high compressive strength such as the U340, that can handle high traffic loads up to 5 kN/m², are used. Underlayments like the polyester spunbond U310 fleece have a high tear resistance, reducing tension from the subfloor and keeping it away from the subsequent top layer.
6. Water based adhesives
These are the likes of Bona D700, that's moisture-resistant and is used during the installation of parquet with tongue and groove joints, the hard dispersion-based D705 that comes with longer open time and can be used for a wider range of parquets. The extended open time allows for fine adjustment to be made after the fitting has been carried out. There's the D720 that is also a hard-dispersion based adhesive but has a very rapid setting to increase speed of operations, and is completely odourless, all through to the D750 which is used for the installation of PVC design floors in tile or plank format.
7. PU adhesives – reactive
When you want a simple solution to frustrating problems like hollow spots in your parquet floor, or loose elements and boards, turn to the 1-component polyurethane based R200, that's injected into the space and expands, effectively filling them up. With the 2-component PU R777, you get an extended open time of nearly 2 hours, which allows you to comfortably lay out your patterns. It’s particularly suitable for those wood and parquet floors that are sensitive to moisture, plus the low or non-absorbent subfloors. You also get a long open time with the R778, which additionally provides a particularly enhanced rib stability, for the easier installation of the wood planks.
8. Silane adhesives – reactive
For those looking for silane-based adhesives, you are also covered. Bona products in this category range from the ISO 17178 standard elastic and one-component R848, which is used for dimensional, stable, multi-layered and engineered parquet; the higher viscous R848T alternative that is popular for its quick initial bonding strength and the improved rib stability, and is suitable for solid timber floors be they overlay, parquet, blocks and engineered floors. There's the renowned R850, an adhesive for parquet floors that has covered over 10 million m² of surfaces since 2005, and its higher viscous version R850T which has been specially formulated for application with the OptiSpread system, though it can still be applied manually. The R850T is suitable for nearly all types of wood floors, but is popular for the larger formats. In case you want a silane-based adhesive that has a rapid setting time, then you can use the R860, which also comes with an extremely high initial bonding strength. Its curing process can further be accelerated by simply spraying a bit of water into the adhesive that has been applied, or directly onto the substrate. Its string-like adhesion minimises the risk of hollow spots forming. The R870 is a 1-component adhesive for parquet floors, and also enables full-resistance bonding for wood flooring, with the ability of withholding thrust during expansion. Its hardness enables enhanced stability especially for the solid wood floors, and you don’t even need to use a primer when applying it. The R880 on the other hand is a quick-fix solution with a 10-minute open time, that can be used on silane-bonded floors, skirting boards and other similar applications.
Application during fastening
Bona also offers you different tools to use for the fastening stage for your floor care. These range from the R580 Trowel that is used for applying silane-based membranes such as the R580; the Notched Trowel for the broader range of adhesive application; all through to an Adhesive Gun that is an applicator for 310 ml cartridges or 600 ml tubular bags , such as the R850T. There's also fine Quartz Sand (grain size 0.3 – 0.8 mm) that is distributed onto the wet R410 and R580, or added to the levelling compounds to increase their application thickness.
For the sanding process, the quality of results is only as good as the quality of machines and abrasives used. You want to get it done right, especially since mistakes during sanding can result in anything from glaring anomalies with the surface, or outright damage to the floor. Bona provides various types of sanding equipment, that are designed to offer enhanced efficiency and ergonomics, while simultaneously putting in place the required safety measures. These include:
1. Dust-free Sanding
The goal here is to have a healthier and cleaner working space. During sanding, loads of particles, both fine and coarse, are generated, and you don’t want them ending up on your countertops, walls, ceiling fans, windows, furnishings, clogging up your sinks, or getting into sockets and the HVAC system. You also don’t want the indoor air space getting choke-full of the sanding dust, putting the persons in the premises, and personnel carrying out the sanding at risk. For this, you have machines such as the DCS 70 vacuum, that comes with a 2-step cyclonic separation and unique filter system that enables it to effectively contain dust within the machine itself. Even when it comes to switching out the dust bag, you can do this without worrying about the particles ending up all over your surfaces. The DCS 70 vacuum is connected to the sanding machine, which also means that you won't need to worry about sealing off the connecting rooms, covering up the paintings and draperies, and other measures that would have ended up taking your time. This makes it a superb alternative compared to using the conventional sanding machine with its dust bag. The DCS 70 also has a high capacity, reducing the frequency with which the vacuum bags need to be removed. It is designed to be used with the LongoPac Dust Bags, that are 20m long, and come in 4 per set. Set up is also straightforward. There are Adapter Kits available that you can use to connect the DCS 70 with different sanding machines such as Lägler Hummel and Flip, the Superhummel, Elf and Profit.
2. Belt sanders
When it comes to the sanding itself, you want equipment that packs a punch. Machinery that can grind through multiple layers of tough finish coats and provide thorough sanding results regardless of the wood species. It’s all about power, reliability and capability. Bona knows this, hence the range of state-of-the-art equipment in its offing- such as the Belt HD, a heavy-duty machine that makes light work of even the huge floor construction projects. With a unique dual-speed pulley system, and multiple drum pressure adjustments, you are able to work on your floor with ease. It also comes with a transport cart for easier transportation, and to protect its wheels from damage. In order to avoid dust issues, the Bona Belt HD is compatible with the DCS 70 vacuum. The CEE Adapter allows you to use the Belt and DCS 70 with a regular 230V cable. Safety is also a key factor, as is seen with the accompanying safety belt. There's also the Eternal Soft Start, a unit designed for use with machines that do not have built in soft or easy-start systems in order to reduce the chances of blowing a fuse. Bona Belt is the compact version of the HD unit, and allows easy handling and manoeuvring. It can also be used on any wooden floor, and has an ergonomic design to enable you to conveniently lift and lower the sanding drum. What's more, you only need a 10Amp fuse to run it. The unique construction of the drum makes changing of the abrasive belts a breeze- you can even complete it in mere seconds. Just like the Belt HD, you can also connect it to the DCS 70 to optimise dust reduction, and it also has an accompanying transport cart. When sanding, weight is important since the machine will be literally grinding down the top layers of the surface, be they hardened polish coats or the wood itself, and the heavier the machine the less effort that will be needed. As such, Bona have also provided an Extra weight, a 7kg product for the Belt in order to increase its stability and enhance its performance. Belt Lite puts more emphasis on agility, optimising the balance between the weight and drum pressure. It does a superb job for its size, and is easy to assemble and disassemble into 3 parts. For those looking for a lightweight professional sanding machine that can also be easily and safely handled by any user, then the Bona Scorpion is the tool for you. Features such as its "dead man's grip" are designed to guarantee safety during operation. The Scorpion DCS version delivers the same performance, with an additional Dust Care System that is operated with an independent switch, and can also be connected with other machines. In this category, there are additional products such as the rip-resistant and easy-to-change Disposable Microfiber Dust Bag that's used with belt and expansion sanders; plus distressing drums for the belt sanders- where two options are available: metal in case you want rough brushing, and Tynex for the cases of fine brushing.
For these powerful equipment, the focus is also on functionality, reliability and safety. Take for instance the Bona Edge, a compact machine that's easily manoeuvrable, and works with holed discs’ or Velcro-backed discs. It comes with a lamp to offer enhanced visibility during the sanding, and picks up dust much better compared to conventional edge sanders. Its counterpart, the Edge XL, has similar traits, albeit with enhanced power and also a high cut rate. There's also the CombiEdge. This is an edger that’s both flexible and lightweight. You get to switch between your preferred options for the different working conditions: a 120 mm short-arm edger or the alternative, a 330 mm long-arm sander that comes in handy when reaching under the deep toe kicks and radiators. It also comes integrated with a frontal LED for better visibility. The DualEdge has counter-rotating 100 mm dual head discs that makes it really easy to use. The operation of the disc enhances the sanding action at a high speed while retaining stability, and also forcing the dust towards the dust extractor. All these edgers are compatible with the Bona DCS 70 vacuum, for optimal dust reduction. There are disposable Microfibre Dust Bags to use with the edge sanders, which allow easy changing.
4. FlexiSand System
The FlexiSand has been designed to be used with different drive plates, making it suitable for a wide range of floor preparation jobs. From its powerful single-speed motor, to the foldable handle that cuts down the amount of space needed during transportation, to its compatibility with the Power Drive that allows for direction-free sanding right down to the bare wood, you get enhanced performance. The Drive Pad allows the different pads and abrasive materials to be used, hence the setup can be applied for oiling, cleaning, buffing, and even superficial sanding. The system also has accessories such as a 2-in-1 LED lamp to offer you better visibility as you work with the FlexiSand. When it comes to dealing with the dust generated during the sanding, you can hook it up to the FlexiVacuum which a high suction capacity of 2530 mmWC. The flexible vacuum allows you to attach it to the FlexiSand's basket, or use it as a separate vacuum placed on a removable wheelbase. It also comes with its removable Microfiber Dust Bags. Let's go back to the Power Drive. Designed to be used exclusively with the FlexiSand, it features 4 rotating discs that can even sand close to the walls, meaning you won’t need to carry out additional edge sanding. The geared plate and the revolving discs increase the power when sanding bare wood, especially when the Power Drive is used together with the 8700 Ceramic Abrasive. When it comes to the reduction and smoothening out of drum marks and rotational scratches that are as a result of the edge sanding, you can use the Quattro Disc, which enables you to get the smooth results you desire. The Multidisc unit on the other hand comes with a 6-plate construction, and it’s the go-to when you want a surface finish that is exceptionally smooth and flat. This makes it suitable for usage such as right before you stain or oil the wood floor with pigmented oil. In case you accidentally break a Quattro disc or it wears down over time, you can get a Replacement Pad Set to ensure your operations are unhindered. Setting up the FlexiSand system is also easy, with the Concrete Discs that's a basic drive plate which allows magnetic fixing, that way you can quickly and easily change segments. When you encounter issues like thin adhesive residues, polyurethane or paint, you can remove them with the Split Segment; the PCD Maxi Segment is for the thick adhesive residues plus epoxy and carpet foam, and you can also opt for the Diamond Segment.
Buffing is carried out for different reasons, from cutting back the grain raise, fine wood sanding, all through to cleaning. There are buffing machines from Bona to take care of this task, that come with a simple construction and ease of use, yet retaining a robust structure and enhanced performance. These are the likes of the Bona Buffer, that comes with a 1.6kW motor and abrasive disc speed of 120 rpm, clocking a total weight of 33kg. In case you want to increase the pressure you can mount the 5.7kg Extra Weight. The efficiency of the system depends on the component parts, which is why there is a quality range to choose from. This includes the Drive Discs that come with grip hooks for the driving pads; Sanding Discs where the double-sided abrasive discs are attached, all through to the 4-plate Quattro Disc for use with the Buffer. Even during buffing, there is dust that is generated. For this, the Vacuum Unit ASO5 with a 4.5L dust holding capacity can be attached to the Buffer. A Vacuum Sealing Ring is available for the buffer, which prevents dust from escaping. When managing the dust from the buffing, you can opt for a disposable paper dust bag, or go for the reusable cloth filter bag alternative. When dealing with finished surfaces and cases of superficial sanding, a lightweight machine that can be easily used is the Mini Buffer. Its smooth running and anti-vibration system makes it ergonomic, and its handle can even be lowered for you to buff under staircases and tables. It has its unique �300 mm Drive Disc.
There are plenty of more vacuum cleaners that you can use for the sanding and buffing operations. For instance, the S20, with a 10L dust container capacity, can be connected to the Buffer with its 4m hose. This, in addition to its 10m cable length, increases the flexibility and manoeuvrability around the establishment. There's also the Hitachi CV 300, which is lightweight and also has a 10L dust container. In addition to floor care, the Hitachi CV 300 can also be used for vacuuming carpets, furniture, and similar applications.
6. Other Machines These can fit in various categories above, depending on the application. For instance, the ergonomic and lightweight Fein MultiMaster Start MSX 636 can be used for scraping, cutting, and even sanding tight corners. It can be set to an 11000 - 21000 rpm. It has its saw blades that come with different specifications, from 35mm E-Cut and 63mm with diamonds, all through to the large 80 mm blade. The Power Stripper on the other hand can be operated by hand or used with an extension handle as a floor stripper, with the foot switch allowing easy operation. You can use the Power Striper to also remove the floor coverings that have bonded on different materials ranging from foam, parquet, textile, PVC or semi-flexible tiles.
Why You Should Invest In Bona Products
• Protect your investment
With Bona’s range of floor care solutions, you’ll be giving your floor quality care. From the preparation to the sanding process all through to the finish coats that are applied, you will be able to get professional results that will enhance the elegance of your installation. Moreover, the superior bonding, smoothening processes during sanding that ensure the floor is even for application of the sealants, lacquers and other products, to the strong finish coats that protect the underlying wood from the knocks of everyday life, the sun’s heat and radiation, plus wearing down from the fluctuations of the environment’s humidity and temperature, your floor retains its beauty for longer. Attributes such as the wood’s ability to reduce sound reverberation, its insulation properties that enable it to prevent heat loss from the interior space, thus saving your energy bills, also get enhanced. The surface is easy to maintain since the dirt, grime and spills don’t get held within the structure or absorbed into the inner layers, making the regular cleaning a breeze. This contributes to reducing long-term repair and replacement costs, further bringing you savings. In addition, the products themselves have been affordably priced, which is good news for your establishment’s floor installation, maintenance or renovation budget.
• Proven track record
Providing floor care services since 1919 is no mean feat. That means that Bona has been addressing customer needs with the changing market trends for close to a century- and that's only attainable when you’ve invested in production measures that ensure you deliver on quality. A renowned brand across the different continents and the over-70 nations in which the products are delivered, that's proof of a brand that walks the talk. Trusted by home and business owners alike, contractors and floor care specialists, catering to generation after generation of building and floor installation designs, it is a reputable brand whose popularity has spread all around the world. As such, by using Bona products you are relying on an already established knowledge base and a business with a solid foundation, that you can rest assured will keep your floor well taken care of.