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A Bona finish for fir floor


The John Hope Gateway is Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s biodiversity and information centre. It’s a shining example of green construction and sustainability, and the restaurant features a Douglas Fir floor which has just been finished with Bona Traffic HD!

The 500m2 floor was sanded and finished over just five days by Fife based Cleaning Systems UK. The team treated the floor in four sections, which allowed the restaurant to remain open while the floor was renovated. The whole area was initially sanded back to bare wood using Bona’s DCS ‘dust free’ sanding system which meant there was no need to ‘tent’ the adjacent mezzanine area. The sanding dust was recycled by being bagged up for use by local riding stables.

Each section was then primed and given one coat of lacquer at night, ready for two further coats of lacquer the next day. Bona Traffic HD was specified for the final two coats to provide the required level of durability in such a busy space with inevitable food and drink spills. Bona Mega Gloss was used for the initial lacquer coat with its glossy finish acting as a wear indicator, to ensure the surface will always be refinished before it is worn down to bare wood in the future.

Bona Traffic HD is a very low VOC, non-yellowing formulation designed for protecting wood floors in highly trafficked areas. Its fast development time means that busy commercial areas can be put back into full use just 24 hours after application. Cleaning Systems specialise in the renovation, cleaning and maintenance of floors in commercial and prestigious residential environments, including royal palaces.