Monday, October 24, 2011

U.S. Department of State Building “Protected” by Waterlox as Universal Floors Brings Out the Natural Look in its Historic Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Only a few blocks from The White House in the nation’s capitol, the U.S. Department of State is headquarters for the country’s diplomatic missions abroad and for implementing foreign policy.

Its offices at the Harry S. Truman Building are adorned with beautiful hardwood floors that are a welcome to visiting dignitaries and are home to numerous meetings every month to ensure our policies overseas are carried out as planned.

Sprigg Lynn, principal officer for Washington, D.C.-based Universal Floors, was the one responsible for restoring the floors of the Diplomatic Reception rooms and bringing them back to their natural, beautiful appeal.

“We had a tremendous opportunity to work with the government at the State Department’s facility and we chose to use Waterlox to protect the floors because it provides a strong natural bond that becomes a part of the wood floor,” said Lynn. “The pictures really are a thousand words in this case, the before and after images tell the entire story.”

Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish was used, both for its drying abilities and the fact that Tung oil brings out a remarkable appearance that other products cannot match.

“It was truly a tremendous honor to be working on these floors, knowing how many foreign and domestic dignitaries will see the work we did for years to come,” Lynn added. “The floors are beautifully crafted and over time, like any floor, they needed to be restored. Waterlox was the perfect product because it delivers long-lasting protection while enhancing the wood’s appeal.”

Waterlox resin-modified Tung oil-based finishes are different from other types of wood finishes on the market and offer a “best of both worlds” alternative. For example, raw oils penetrate into the wood but will not provide any real protection to the substrate and will need to be recoated often due to oxidation.

Surface finishes such as urethanes (either water or oil-based) will lie on top of the surface, look more like plastic, can be brittle and once breached will fail. The reason we are the best of both worlds is because Waterlox’s resin-modified Tung oil formation penetrates like raw oil, but protects and nurtures the wood without being brittle and having the plastic look of surface finishes.

About Waterlox
Founded in 1910, Waterlox Coatings Corporation, based in Cleveland, Ohio, is the nation’s leading manufacturer of premium wood finishes, handmade from resin-modified Tung oil. A fourth-generation, family-owned company, now run by Chief Executive Officer Jay Hawkins and Vice President Kellie Hawkins Schaffner, Waterlox continues to manufacture products using the finest ingredients, combining Tung oil, resins, mineral spirits and other ingredients to produce a complete wood finish that gives the look and feel of naturally oiled wood. Waterlox products represent the flooring industry’s highest level of quality protection for both interior and exterior wood finishing projects and also supply tools for application.

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