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The purpose of Wood finish is to preserve and enhance the beauty of a wood building, furniture, or flooring. Wood finish can offer a great asset to these materials by prolonging their life. The important element to consider in selecting a sustainable wood finish is based upon the ingredients. There are many wood finishes made of hazardous chemicals that are harmful to humans as well as to the environment. These chemicals are capable of leaching from the wood and off gassing into the air. Avoid any finish containing Volatile Organic Compounds, petroleum distillates, formaldehyde, metals or waxy finishes.
The solution to this issue is a variety of natural-based finishes made from plant oils, tree resin materials, and/or beeswax. These types of finishes can be special ordered from local hardware suppliers. These natural finishes are the most sustainable solution to using wood finish, assuming the finish doesn’t have to be shipped from the other side of the world.