I'm looking for the safest hardwood floor for a baby nursery. Solid wood?

Asked by kelly
Boca Raton, FL

Is OSMO finish the safest out there? Or is aluminum oxide? Please help. This is for a baby nursery and need flooring for two rooms. have done a lot of research... learning towards eco timber osmo finished solid wood. healthiest option?


Cynthia Phakos

Answered by Cynthia Phakos

Los Angeles, CA

Koffka Phakos Design

October 23, 2012

This question clearly demonstrates how difficult it can be choosing the healthiest option given the specific requirements.

One would think that an all natural product such as Osmo’s would be the healthiest option, but not for the sensitivities of a newborn.

OSMO Polyox-Oil

This is penetrating sealer made with vegetable oils and waxes.

  • The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) states that the VOC content is < 270 grams/l. This meets California’s stringent air quality requirements which is a VOC content of <275 grams/l and is well below HUD standards of 400 grams/l. Though this is considered a low VOC product there will still be off-gassing.
  • The manufacturer recommends using gloves and respirator when installing it and curing time is 2-3 weeks with constant access to fresh air recommended. As you live in a climate with high humidity the curing may take even longer.
  • This product also would assume a new wood floor, which would require sanding and so would introduce dust into the space, something that you would also want to avoid with an infant.

For these reasons I would not recommend it for an infant’s room.

Aluminum Oxide Finished Floor

I would recommend a wood floor with this factory applied finish. This would be the safest situation for your child.

  • Select a nail down or click together wood floor can be installed without glues, and without any on site finishing.
  • These metal oxide finishes are very hard and have up to 25 year warranties for normal wear.

Please see my June 30, 2011 Q&A on factory-finished solid wood floor with aluminum oxide here.

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