Real Wood Floors: Wood Floors are Recyclable

    ST. LOUIS, Sept. 15 /CNW/ -- Drive through any neighborhood on trash day
and you will see that most homes in the United States recycle.  In some areas,
recycling accounts for more volume than trash pick-up, which is a good thing. 
Recycling helps to reduce global warming as resources are reused, which not
only eliminates landfill waste, but also minimizes the natural resources
required to manufacture new materials as opposed to reusing those that already
    When most people think of recycling, they think of the obvious things --
aluminum, paper, and plastic -- but there is an even larger item in many US
homes that can be recycled time and time again: real wood floors.
    Wood floors are the only flooring option that can be renewed when they
start to look dull and worn out.  With a process called pad and recoat, wood
floors can be renewed to their original beauty and luster time and time again.
Using the pad and recoat process, the wood floor is cleaned thoroughly using a
professional cleaning product specifically designed for that floor.  Then, the
floor is buffed lightly to abrade the surface.  Next, the floor is cleaned
again to remove all dust and other residue.  Finally, a new finish is applied
to the floor, giving the existing floor new life, added protection, and
renewed luster.  In most cases, the floor can be used again within just 48
    When the time comes that the wood floor can no longer be renewed, the
wood can be recycled or even used for fuel.  No other flooring option
available offers the same eco-friendly alternatives as wood floors.
    To learn more about the many environmental benefits of wood floors, visit
the National Wood Flooring Association's web site at, and
click on the "What's New" link.
    The NWFA is a not-for-profit trade organization of more than 4,000 wood
flooring professionals working worldwide to educate consumers, architects,
designers, and builders in the uses and benefits of wood flooring.  The NWFA
can be contacted at 111 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63005,
or at 800-422-4556 (USA), 800-848-8824 (Canada), or 636-519-9663

     Contact:  Anita Howard
     Communications Director


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