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2024 Eco-Friendly Flooring Finishing

The Ultimate Guide to Eco-Friendly Wood Floor Finishes


Natural hardwood floors have long been a favorite for adding elegance and warmth to any space. However, the process of staining and sealing these floors often involves products that are less than eco-friendly. Thankfully, the market now offers a variety of green alternatives that are both durable and free from hazardous air pollutants. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the best eco-friendly wood floor finishes that you can use for your next project.

The Problem with Traditional Finishes

Many traditional wood floor finishes, including oil-based products, contain petroleum solvents that can off-gas for months. Even water-based polyurethanes are not always safe, as they often contain solvents. These chemicals not only harm the environment but can also pose health risks.

The Rise of Eco-Friendly Options

At New York City Wood Floors, we offer a range of low- and zero-VOC water-based polyurethanes, as well as zero-VOC, water-based wood floor stains in various colors. These products are ideal for those sensitive to strong odors and are typically used together to achieve a durable, long-lasting finish.

Benefits of Eco-Friendly Finishes

  1. Low or Zero VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are harmful to both health and the environment. Eco-friendly finishes have low or zero VOCs, making them a safer choice.
  2. Durability: Contrary to popular belief, eco-friendly finishes can be just as durable as their traditional counterparts.
  3. Quick Move-In: Some eco-friendly finishes allow for quicker move-in times, which can be a significant advantage in commercial settings.

Types of Eco-Friendly Finishes

Water-Based Polyurethanes

These are ideal for those who prefer a low-maintenance, long-lasting finish without the strong odors associated with traditional products.

Oil-Based Sealers

For those looking to refinish or restore oiled hardwood floors in older homes, or install new vintage wide-plank floors with matte finishes, we offer a range of oil-based wood floor sealers.

Zero-VOC Oil and Stain Combinations

We also carry a unique zero-VOC oil and stain combination from Europe that can be applied in a single application, saving both time and money.


Eco-friendly wood floor finishes are not just a trend; they are a responsible choice for both the environment and human health. With a variety of options available, achieving a beautiful, durable, and greener floor finish has never been easier.