High quality solid wood floors and semi solid wood floors will always be in fashion. Wood is a natural sustainable product. There is not a lot of pollution generated in the process of manufacturing wood floors. Even better, the old oil based floor varnishes are a thing of the past and a new range of very eco friendly water based floor finishes are being used to seal wood surfaces. So it is a win win situation. Wood floors look great and are kinder to the environment.
Floor Varnishes - Solvent & Oil Floor Varnish
For the best part of the last 100 years, oil based floor varnishes have been the main product used for sealing and protecting wood floors. Easy to apply, easy to produce and very long lasting. But it comes with a catch. It generates a lot of pollution while being manufactured and it stinks for days after it is applied to wood. Another major issue with oil based floor varnishes is the fact that it reacts with cleaning agents and natural light and over time becomes very yellow. Depressing to the eye. Some companies still use oil based varnishes but their reign is nearly over as the water based floor varnishes have too many advantages to be ignored.
Floor Varnishes - Water Based Floor Varnish
Initially the water based floor finishes were not that good. In the early 80s it attempted to make a good impression but the quality just wasn`t there. The water based floor varnishes were not durable enough to compete with solvent based products. But things started changing at the start of the year 2000 when enhanced types of water based floor varnishes were manufactured by Bona and a few Italian manufacturers. Then the revolution has started.
Cleanfast sells a wide range of water based floor varnishes from highly regarded manufacturers. Our no 1 selling brand is Junckers, followed by Tover & Bona. All these brands have domestic floor varnishes, commercial floor varnishes and sport room floor varnishes. There is not a lot of difference between brands. It is more about personal preference. Here is our list of professional water based floor varnishes:
Junckers Premium Plus Floor Lacquer - a truly amazing floor varnish. This professional product is available in matt and silk matt finishes. The matt finish will maintain the floor 100% natural while the silk matt option will create a slight shine but nothing artificial. Junckers Premium Plus Floor Lacquer is one of the very few water based floor finishes, single pack, that can be applied over oil based wood stain. Junckers Premium Plus Floor Lacquer is a hard wearing floor finish suitable for sealing domestic and commercial floors. It will look its best if applied over a water based or solvent based primer. Superb value for money. One of the most highly recommended water based floor varnishes in Ireland. Also suitable for varnishing interior woodwork and furniture.
Junckers HP Commercial Floor Lacquer - this is the most durable water based two pack floor varnish from Junckers. Recommended for varnishing over oil based stains and floors with high to very high traffic. Junckers HP Commercial Floor Lacquer has amazing chemical resistance qualities. This is why this high traffic varnish is highly popular with pubs, schools, restaurants, sport rooms, etc. The varnish is sold in two parts, 1 bottle with varnish and the hardener. When the hardener is mixed up with the varnish it becomes rock hard. After the mixture is mixed, it takes about 4 hours for the varnish to dry in the bottle. .If you are looking for a very durable two pack water based floor varnish, you should consider Junckers HP Commercial Floor Lacquer. Available in matt & semi gloss finish.
Junckers Profinish Floor Lacquer - highly popular domestic water based floor lacquer from Junckers. This beautiful natural floor varnish is suitable for sealing domestic floors with low to high traffic and low traffic commercial floors. You can use Junckers Profinish Floor Lacquer to seal oil based stains from Junckers brand. This product is available in matt and semi gloss finish. The coverage area is around 10 to 12 m2 per L. One of the most affordable water based floor lacquers from Junckers brand.
Tover Home Maxi Floor Varnish - a truly Italian market leader from Tover. Superb coverage area, very fast drying times and unique natural finish. Tover Home Maxi Floor Varnish is available in matt, satin and glossy finishes. It can be applied over water based and solvent based floor primers. Not suitable for over coating wood stains. A domestic water based floor varnish suitable for sealing floors with low to medium traffic. It will cover around 10 sq meter per L on the first coat and about 12 sq meter per L on the second coat. Available in 5L bottles. Tover is one of the most highly respected brands of wood care products in Europe.
Tover Idrolak DR 97 Floor Varnish - here is the most popular water based two pack floor varnish from Tover. Idrolak DR 97 Floor Varnish is without a doubt the best varnish available in Ireland. Amazing drying periods, under 1 hour, superb bonding with all types of oil wood stains, premium durability and unequaled natural look. It is highly recommended that you apply it over a solvent or water based floor primer to increase its coverage area. Tover Idrolak DR 97 Floor Varnish is suitable for sealing industrial, commercial and domestic wood floors with a lot of traffic. Homes with pets and small kids would also benefit a lot if they had their floors finished with Tover Idrolak DR 97 Floor Varnish. Available in matt and semi gloss finishes. Coverage area is somewhere around 15 sq meter per L if applied over a sealed surface.
Tover Idrolak DR 90 Gloss - if you are looking for a single pack, high traffic glossy floor varnish, this is the product for you. A commercial water based floor varnish with fast drying periods and very long life expectancy. Not a very popular floor varnish with the domestic market due to its metallic glossy finish. Apply one floor primer and two coats of Tover Idrolak Dr 90 Gloss Finish. Its coverage area is around 12 m2 per L.
Bona Mega Floor Varnish - one of the most popular domestic and light commercial water based floor varnishes from Bona. Top of the range finish, amazing durability and very easy application. Bona is one of the world leaders in wood care products. Most of their varnishes are popular all over the world. Bona Mega Water Based Floor Varnish will cover around 10-12 sq meters per L. This product is available in matt, silk matt and glossy finishes. Not compatible with oil based wood stains. Also suitable for varnishing furniture and household woodwork.
Bona Traffic HD Floor Varnish - this is the king of varnishes all over the world. Bona Traffic HD Floor Varnish has made history. Very few other water based floor varnishes even come close to it. Eco varnish with unrivalled durability. Bona Traffic HD Floor Varnish is a water based two pack floor varnish suitable for sealing very high traffic floors. It can be used to overcoat oil wood stains. The product is available in matt and silk matt finishes. If you are on the market for a very durable water based floor varnish with a 100% natural finish, you should definately try Bona Traffic HD.
All water based floor varnishes and water based floor lacquers will only last if properly maintained with the recommended wood care products. Harsh chemicals, bleach and strong acidic products are great enemies for water based products. We highly recommend Junckers Sylva Wood Care Products as your main wood floor cleaning products. Flat mops should be your only way of cleaning and maintaining wood floors. Same rule applies for domestic and commercial floors.
Use good quality refreshers to restore old and worn wood floors. If you notice patches or deep scratches on your water based floor finish, restore it fast with Junckers Sylva Floor Polish or Bona Floor Polish. You can double the life expectancy of your floor finish with proper care and maintenance.