Reply To: Floor refinishing products and collection management


Becca- Bona Kemi makes excellent products for your intended use. The primary concern is the lightly elevated pH of waterborne products such as this. You should be alright if you keep the areas in which you are applying finish well ventilated, Also, if you isolate your hallway and stairwell from the rooms you are finishing the floors in with plastic sheeting taped in place with frogtape low adhesion painter’s tape, you should be okay. I think a bigger concern is what you will be using to remove old finish to prepare the surfaces for re-finishing. My recommendation would be to use 3M Safest Strip, which I have used in several museum settings without adverse effects.

Good luck!

John Childs
Head of Conservation, 9/11 Memorial Museum
Former conservator, Historic New England