DuChateau Brings Hard Wax Oil Flooring to the U.S.
- Sep 20, 2011
San Diego, Calif.—DuChateau Floors is bringing their unique and eco-friendly floors to the U.S. and Canada. The line, which was originally developed in Holland, features an antique reproduction of hardwood floors with a hard wax oil finish. The combination creates a centuries old style that fits with nearly any décor. The hard wax oil finish is a long standing European tradition that is still prevalent in the continent’s most famous museums and buildings. The line of hardwoods and hard wax oil is billed as a solution for residential, commercial and retail spaces.
The all natural, non-toxic and zero VOC finish is produced from vegetable oils (sunflower, soybean and thistle) and natural waxes (carnauba and canella). The oil deeply penetrates wood pores to enhance the floor, while the wax stays on the surface, maintaining a natural matte finish and creating a protective layer. Though the hard wax oil is water repellent and stain resistant, the finish is still micro-porous and allows the floor to breathe. It does not water-mark, crack, flake, peel or blister. One of the most interesting aspects about the finish is that it allows for easy spot repairs. There is no need to strip an entire floor, or even plank, to retouch a finished section. A damaged area can simply be sanded and buffed with maintenance oil for a quick repair that still blends in seamlessly with the rest of the room.
The hard wax oil is specifically designed to work with DuChateau’s hardwood flooring, all of which is Forest Stewardship Council certified. In fact, each plank comes pre-treated with the finish. The company offers eight renewable styles featuring long-length wide-plank or parquet patterned floors. The products are hand scraped, smoked, and/or wire-brushed for a unique appearance. DuChateau’s most recent offering is the naturally distressed Riverstone Collection which features raised knots.
“Some of the most impactful spaces blend modern and rustic elements,” says Misael Tagle, chief executive officer and cofounder of DuChateau Floors. “Combing raw textures, natural materials and old with new creates interiors that are sophisticated but comforting and surprisingly accessible.”