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Bona® is Commited to Our Shared Environment

Bona Green - Offered By Clay Floors DallasIncreased awareness by customers when it comes to the environment and floor care, is happening around the Globe. For those people who have mild to serious allergies and care about environments and floor care for their homes or business; Clay Floors insists on using Bona products. Why, because Bona leads the pack.

Bona Green is our product focus this month for Keith Clay Floors. Education about floors, types of flooring, our services, and green products we use on a daily basis will give you peace of mind when it comes to selecting a great contractor to handly all your flooring needs.

Bona has been in business for over 100 years, and continues to be a world leader in products green or otherwise. This article will feature Clay Floors using Bona Free & Simple® Hardwood Floor Cleaner. This product is now Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). This wonderful new formula offers an effective floor cleaning solution that helps reduce allergens and irritants that accumulate on your floors and helps you understand the great benefits to you and your family. Free of dyes and scents, this ready-to-use cleaner is safe for your family and wood floors.

Bona was also the first manufacturer in the industry to offer a complete hardwood floor finishing and care system that is GREENGUARD Gold Certified. Clay Floors has discussed this product many times over the years, and this certification assures professionals and consumers unsurpassed durability, beauty and environmental responsibility for hardwood floors from sanding and finishing to floor care. That is what we are all about!

Bona waterborne floor cleaners are safe for families, floors and the environment. Bona utilizes the most environmentally friendly raw materials to eliminate harmful effects towards the environment to achieve stringent certifications through third-party organizations, such as GREENGUARD and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Bona waterborne finishes have limited toxic fumes and low VOC's so they are healthier for your family, pets, and the environment. In addition, there is no need to vacate your home during the finishing process due to fast dry times and easy water clean-up. This Swedish waterborne technology highlights the true beauty and elegance of the wood and provides the ultimate in durability.

Bona's trailer-mounted Bona Atomic Dust Containment System is the most forward thinking innovation in the industry and the world. The powerful system evacuates airborne dust generated by the sanding process. It virtually eliminates lingering dust in your air-ducts and a clean-up dust storm headache that feels like it will never end.

At Bona, they also reuse materials within our own production and also design our products to reduce landfill clutter. Bona Microfiber Cleaning Pads are machine washable up to 300 times, saving you money and protecting our shared environment.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - AAFA, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world.

AAFA provides practical information, community based services and support to people through a network of Regional Chapters, Support Groups and other Local Partners around the U.S. AAFA develops health education, organizes state and national advocacy efforts and funds research to find better treatments and cures. In addition, the mission of AAFA's Web site is to provide online access to AAFA's reliable, validated asthma and allergy information and tools to families, patients, parents, healthcare providers, policymakers and others.

GREENGUARD - Bona’s floor care products are GREENGUARD Gold Certified. GREENGUARD is a non-profit, third party organization that tests indoor products for their environmental impact in an effort to improve the air quality consumers breathe.

GREENGUARD Environmental Institute is an industry-independent, non-profit organization that establishes standards and testing for indoor products. Its goal is to improve public health by helping manufacturers build safer, better products. These products will not pollute the air with harmful levels of dangerous chemicals or particulates.

GREENGUARD Gold Certification offers stricter certification criteria, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly) and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.

Keith Clay Floors uses GREENGUARD Certified Products in the installation and maintenance of many types of hardwood floors, coatings, cleaning products, and dust-collection equipment. Keith Clay Floors believes that it is great to use strong consumer brands like the Bona Systems and Basic Coatings who recognize the importance of providing better products for indoor environments.

Bona Residential Products - For over 30 years, Keith Clay Floors has recognized consumers growing desire for 'green' products and has made sure that clients like you have healthy products for their indoor environments. Keith Clay Floors is very happy to be playing an active role in using participating manufacturers in the GREENGUARD Certification Program.

There are many other types of consumer products certified by GREENGUARD, and we hope you will visit their website and obtain a copy of the free product guide at GreenGuard.org .

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Discover The Benefits

Bona Craft Oil Finishes - Keith Clay Floors

In the last few months, we have received many inquiries here at Clay Floors about the Natural Oil Finishes for hardwood floors. There are always pros and cons to everything; so lets discuss some general information with regard to hard wood floors.

In the world of wood floor finishes, urethane finishes are typically going to be the most popular. Praised for their excellent durability and low maintenance routine, urethane finishes have been the most common finish used on floors for decades. There are a lot of products out there but we remain comitted to our preferred Bona for the best results.

Bona is the pioneer of waterbased finishes that meet all state and federal VOC (volatile organic compounds) regulations for air quality standards. These durable finishes have no harmful fumes, so the homeowner doesn’t need to vacate the home when used. Being in business for almost 100 years is quite extraordinary.

However, in recent design shows around the nation, penetrating natural oil finishes are making a comeback in commercial and residential design trends. This type of floor is also extremely environmentally friendly and emit zero chemical emissions for those with allergy issues. Many people are returning to natural oil finishes because of their overall organic look and rich patina appearance, as well as their effect on hardwood. Of course Bona has a complete line of colors and finishes for your review as well; and here at Clay Floors in Dallas, we can't wait to share our knowledge about what is going to work well for you.

Differences Between Urethane and Oil Finishes - Discussion Points

When deciding which finish is “better,” it’s probably more useful to make your choice based on their characteristics and your needs. We believe this is true about most type of flooring in general, not with only hardwoods. Both types of finish have their place on beautiful hardwood floors. You'll want to consider cost, look and maintenance you are comfortable with. Here are some facts to know about each:

  • Urethane finishes form a layer of protection on top of a floor’s wood surface.
  • Urethane finishes are extremely durable and are easy to clean with a dry mop and hardwood floor cleaner.
  • The durability of a urethane finish can make it hard to do spot repairs. Eventually, as the urethane wear layer breaks down, the entire floor will have to be refinished.
  • A natural oil finish penetrates the entire piece of wood bonding with the wood on a molecular level . A natural oil finish penetrates deep into the hardwood floor in one coat resulting in strengthened wear resistance
    Oil finished floors need a bit more maintenance with specialized soaps and refreshers to keep the look and protection an oil finish provides.
  • Because an oil finish affects the actual wood, spot repairs on scratches and gouges are easier to do. If maintained properly, an oil finished floor will never need to be stripped and refinished like a urethane finish.

Designing with Natural Oil Finishes - Since a natural oil finish affects the wood directly, many people are choosing oil finishes for their aesthetic appeal.

  • Oil finishes can greatly enhance the natural look and color of a wood species.
  • Oil finishes have a matte finish, allowing for a subtle design element in your home.
  • Oil finishes can be used to give floors a warmer, more rustic look.
  • While oil finishes can bring out a wood’s natural color, they can also make it easy to create custom colors with a wide variety of colors.

Want to explore your options with a natural oil finish? Remember that Bona provides a beautiful array of colors for your floor that offer the ultimate durabilty. Keith Clay Floors is a Bona Certified Craftsman that can help you create your beautiful oasis, starting with the hardwood floor.

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

What Works Best In Your Setting

Clay Floors - Hardwood Vs. Carpeted Floors

Clay Floors in Dallas Texas is here to serve you with all your flooring needs. For over 30 years our clients have depended on us to assist them with taking proper care of those floors. Making sure your investment is protected, maintained, and repaired with proper installation and care is what we do. We love floor period. So that said, we answer a lot of questions from clients about which is the best type of flooring to use. Various flooring materials vary just as much as the setting for each clients floors. What is best may not be the right question to ask. We choose to think that it is which is the best type of flooring for you to use in each designated area of your residential, commercial, hospitality, or sports setting.

Probably the most asked questions we receive is should we use Hardwood floors or carpeting? Both types of flooring materials have distinct advantages and disadvantages. While different living and working environments and and will certainly call for different materials, some features of carpeting and hardwoods are consistent across environments. That is what this article will review for you; and we believe that it will clarify some answers for you as well. So, let's explore.

Carpeting - Quiet and Comfortable

One of carpeting’s best and essential attributes is its soft, insulating, and buffering by it's nature. It naturally absorbs sound. It also maintains heat, which can be quite essential in colder environments. It is also comfortable for people regularly on their feet for extended periods, and it proves priceless in the case of slips, trips and dropped items.

The Good Old 70's Shag option - The bad news is that it’s difficult to catch carpeting at its ideal “peak.” Carpeting always goes out of style, so you may be forced to replace it several times as trends go in and out, and the look and feel of a living environment changes. Today's products can be overwhelming, but if you begin by researching what is out there, then calling us to discuss particular options for your setting.

New Carpet Smell = Chemical Cartel - New carpeting can be a health hazard. Modern manufacturing uses synthetic materials - what you smell in a newly carpeted room, or carpet shop – which can be hazardous to some with sensitivity in breathing like those with asthma or chronic lung issues. New carpets will leak for years, and new carpet installation also often uses chemicals which emit fumes. These too, may not be healthy, and may cause sinus or breathing problems for people exposed to them for extensive periods of time. Natural, more eco-friendly carpets do exist, but they drive costs up significantly. You will need to be prepared for that.

Modern technology has also made it possible to instill some permanence in carpeting, in the form of anti-fade color fastness, near-perfect stain protection, and even fireproofing. There will be specific types that can be used in commercial settings as well. City codes do vary quite a bit, so you will need to contact us about those situations.

Carpet is considered a High Maintenance product. On the other end of the spectrum, carpet imminently deteriorates, and the more traffic it sees, the worse the effect. Many carpets can look ragged in as little as five years depending on its origin of fibers used.

Most carpets have loops that can be pulled loose, and because of its woven nature, once a carpet begins unraveling it quickly gets worse, rather than better. It is very difficult to repair carpet. Replacing it completely is often necessary.

Carpets must have extensive cleaning, and may have minimal results - Carpets require regular intensive cleaning – daily, weekly, monthly and yearly, with extensive, expensive aids, chemicals and equipment. Most especially in commercial settings. The bad news is that they tend to be a one-way street. Given enough time and traffic, they will always matt and become increasingly difficult to care for.

Even with regular care, particles of all sorts – dirt, dust, grime, grit and the like – sift and sink through the weave and pad and settle near the floor. Dampness from accidents, traffic and even carpet shampooing can actually increase the dampness, rot and growth of mildew and more. Anyone who has ever removed old carpeting can share countless related horror stories.

Allergy Nightmares do exist - In fact, for individuals who suffer from allergies, carpets could be a serious living nightmare. They’re a constant source of irritating dander, dust, fluff, fur, mildew, mold and pollen. Dust mites, especially, love carpet. While not all have severe issues, often times it can be enough to cause problems.

Hardwoods Are Safe and Clean - As mentioned above, hardwood doesn't hide harmful particulate matter, making for a healthier, safer living environment, especially for allergy sufferers. in general, hardwood floors cost more than carpeted floors, but they also require less maintenance, last longer and can be “repaired” (instead of replaced). Especially in older homes, hardwood floors can be draftier and colder. But a well-selected area rug typically remedies this problem.

Usually Low Maintenance is required - Comparatively, hardwood floors require minimal maintenance – in terms of both effort and equipment. Consider, simply, the difference in price between a mop and vacuum. Hardwood floors are also much more resistant to spills and stains. With Quality cleaning products and equipment; like Bona which Clay for uses, these will extend the life of your hardwood floors.

Hardwood floors do get scraped, scratched, scuffed, dented and damaged – especially in high traffic areas. However, wood flooring can most often simply be sanded, smoothed and refinished. It is rarely necessary to replace a wood floor. For Clay Floors, this is our speciality. Proper work over time greatly extends your valuable investment.

Wood Flooring Is Sustainable - Since wood is a naturally occurring resource, which can even be reforested, hardwood floors may also be a quality ecological choice. Faster growing types of wood flooring materials – such as bamboo (which is actually grass) make this an even more plausible reality.

Hardood Floors Are Unsurpassed Beauty and Value - Perhaps the number one reason to consider a hardwood floor is for aesthetic reasons. Considered one of the oldest flooring materials there is, classic wood flooring never goes out of style. Because of the large variety of trees and wood types, a world of colors, consistencies, designs, grains and patterns are available, the selection, style and finishes are truly innovative and sometimes hard to select because you love them all.

Whereas many new homeowners will remove carpeting upon purchasing a house, viewing it as an additional expense, hardwood floors definitely increase the value of a house. So, hardwood floors may cost more initially, but with proper maintenance, they can be a sound investment that pay off for a lifetime.

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

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Clay Floors - Beautiful Hardwood Flooring

Thank you Dallas and Fort Worth customers from Keith Clay Floors. For over 30 years Keith Clay Floors has provided the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex with superior quality flooring solutions. Clients just like you enjoy the professional floor restoration, floor refinishing, floor repair, floor installation and floor maintenance services that we have always enjoyed providing. We appreciate your business. Quality flooring services have been a hallmark of Keith Clay Floors for residential and commercial settings, hospitality, Cultural and Sport venues around the North Texas Region; and if you haven't become familiar with our work, please do so. Call us for an appointment to come out, review your hardwood floors, and discuss your specific needs and desires.

One of the many reasons we have been so successful is our attention to detail, experience, and use of quality hardwood flooring products. This article is important because it's about Bona. Keith Clay Floors has used Bona products for over 30 years. You may ask why; and we are happy to share the answer with you.

Bona AB is a family-owned company which was founded in 1919. Almost 100 years! With its headquarters in Sweden, Bona is now present in more than 90 different countries all over the world through subsidiaries and distributors and provides contractors like Keith Clay with products for the installation, repair, refinishing maintenance, and renovation of hardwood floors.

Many of our clients have desired lots of different work on all types of wood flooring through the years. Today in this article we will feature the Revive Restore and Refinish aspects of the hardwood flooring industry.

Hardwood Floor Treatments - Decades of experience and knowledge working closely with wood flooring craftsmen, Bona now gives Clay Floors clear solutions for any of hardwood floor problems. Clean, shine and protection of your hardwood floors for a lifetime with Bona's GREENGUARD Certified products and systems is a great option.

Revive – Bona Deep Clean System

Bona Revive effectively allows us to work with little downtime. When regular maintenance isn't enough to cut through ground-in-dirt on a hardwood floor, this product offers the benefits of a professional cleaning system from the best expert products in hardwood floor care - the Bona Deep Clean System. This innovative deep cleaning system is the safest, quickest and easiest way to remove all the dirt, grime and build-up on hardwood floors. With no need to vacate your home, this system protects the beauty of the wood, and the investment for a lifetime of proper care.

The Bona Process features simple success. Using a power scrubber the Deep Clean Solution and water is applied. The removes all the ground in dirt and stains. Bona Deep Clean Polish when added can fill in microscratches and protects with an additional layer of protection as well.

Restore – Bona Recoat System

Using the product Restore you will increase longer life of the floor over your lifetime. Clay Floors understands that you work hard to ensure your hardwood floors look beautiful, but over time, the finish is slowly removed by the friction of daily foot traffic in the home. It is so important that you allow us to properly maintain your floors with regular maintenance. Bare wood will be exposed requiring a complete refinish if you wait too long. Every few years floors can be recoated to maintain their protective layer with the Bona Recoat System. This proven recoat process safely removes contaminants from the floor, rinses the floor clean and refortifies the hardwood floor with a new coat of Bona Traffic or Bona Traffic HD. In less than a day you can have a new coat of finish that restores the beauty and prolongs the life of their hardwood floor.

The Restore Process product Bona Remover is applied to the floor. Then we abrade the floor with the Bona Recoat Abrasive drive plate. Using the Flexis and Buffer, the floor is throughly cleaned with the Bona Power Scrubber and Bona Rinse. This totally new layer of protection also extends the life of the floor.

Refinish – Bona Refinish System

Keith Clay Floors uses Bona Refinish for the beauty of your flooring. When a hardwood floor is severely damaged or yellowed, one option may be to simply change the color and look of floor, and the Bona Refinish System is the perfect solution. Using this comprehensive sanding equipment, abrasives and dust containment systems, the floor is sanded down to bare wood and then finished with the look and protection it truly needs. It's like providing a whole new floor with endless possibilities.

The Process of the Bona Refinish product is successful when used with the innovative sanding equipment, abrasives and dust containment systems. The Sealer or Dri Fast Stain can achieve the desired look and the application of 2 layers of Bona Traffic HD will protect and keep the beauty of the wood intact.

As with any wood floor, please always remember that regular cleaning is required to enhance your floor. While Vinegar is pretty amazing on marble floors and in many other home settings; But NEVER on hardwood floors. Use it for everything else: kitchen surfaces, windows, bathrooms, etc. But if you want to know how to clean wood floors, the first thing to do is hold off on the vinegar and water solution. Specific cleaning products vary with floor types, and we can professionaly answer those questions with a quick call on what's best for your type flooring.

For over 30 years Keith Clay Floors has provided the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex with superior quality flooring solutions. Call 972-463-6604 or 817-663-5235 today to request a quote.

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.

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Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.