Selecta Flooring has over a decade of experience working with the Rubio Monocoat product line. Not only are we excited to provide you with a healthy option for your living quarters, we care a great deal about protecting the environment from harsh chemicals found in most floor finishing products. The majority of our Rubio Monocoat experience comes from hands on projects in our home state of New Jersey; however, we take pride in working with family flooring masters throughout the New England area. Working in different regions provides us with an extended knowledge in flooring trends and techniques; it also allows us to increase our artistic ideas and approaches. While we are considered flooring masters, Selecta Flooring takes a progressive approach in organizing flooring conferences to discuss our craft and broaden our knowledge in every way possible. With a vast knowledge in the Rubio Monocoat market, our competitors often turn to us for advice and performance methods; most even credit Selecta Flooring for introducing this environmentally safe product to the Union County New Jersey area.
What is Rubio Monocoat?
Rubio Monocoat is the leading choice when it comes to environmentally safe wood finishing products; consisting of a boiled linseed oil base, with additional waxes and catalytic driers. Linseed oil is oil extracted from the seeds of the flax plant and is a penetrating oil that saturates the wood, creating a deep, rich vision. Rubio Monocoat is designed to form a molecular bond with the cellulose fibers found in wood. Rubio Monocoat dries with a natural satin sheen, engaging the native texture of the wood to create a matte-like finish.
Besides being plant-based, Rubio Monocoat is volatile organic compound (VOC) free. VOCs are harmful gases emitted from certain solids or liquids found in a variety of chemicals, some of which may cause adverse health effects. Concentrations of VOCs are up to ten times higher indoors, than outdoors; this means that Rubio Monocoat will have no effect on your indoor air quality. The Material Safety Data Sheets provided for this product lists Rubio Monocoat as a non-hazardous substance containing 0 g/L VOCs. Compare that to a typical gallon of solvent-based polyurethane which will release 3.8 pounds of VOCs into the air. By choosing Rubio Monocoat as your flooring finish, not only are you making a rewarding choice for your home, you are also rewarding your health.
In addition to being VOC free, Rubio Monocoat is LEED verified. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED verification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of verification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project. Rapidly renewable materials in Rubio Monocoat earn it a LEED credit of 6 in the category of Materials and Resources (MR), and 1 LEED point; Low-emitting adhesives and sealants earns Rubio Monocoat a credit of 4.2 in the category of Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ), and 1 LEED point. To learn more about LEED, please visit their site here.
Pre-Color Oil Treatments:
Rubio Monocoat offers a variety of pre-color oil treatments to aid in your creative venture. One option they have manufactured is Monocoat Pre-color Easy. This pre-color treatment is available in 14 different shades and is used to color your wood before treating it with a finishing oil. When used together with Rubio Monocoat Oil, contrasting effects are created on the wood, making it a truly vibrant site. Rubio Monocoat Pre-colors can be mixed on demand to create a custom color for your Union County New Jersey home. To view available pre-colors, please visit the Rubio website here.
Another creative flooring effect you may consider is Rubio Monocoat Smoking or Fuming. Rubio Monocoat Smoke is a product created to provide oak, or any wood that has tannic acid present, with an ammonia-smoked looked. Tannic Acid, a commercial form of tannin is not a true acid but an acid-like substance called polyphenol. Tannic Acid is a basic ingredient in the chemical staining of wood and is already present in woods like oak, walnut, and mahogany. Tannic acid can be applied to woods low in tannin so chemical stains that require tannin content will react. Rubio Monocoat Smoke creates a unique aging response with a copper or browning effect to give your wood an aged appeal. The darkness of the color will depend on the amount of tannic acid present in the wood. Rubio Monocoat Smoke does not release any toxic or irritating fumes or vapors. It is also specifically designed to be post treated with Rubio Monocoat Oil 2C. If a copper-brown aging effect is not for you, you may want to try Rubio Monocoat Fumed. This product is similar to Rubio Monocoat Smoke but provides the wood with a greying effect instead of the copper-brown coloring. Like Rubio Monocoat Smoke, Rubio Monocoat Fumed reacts in accordance to the amount of tannic acid that is present in the wood and does not release any toxic or irritating fumes or vapors.
See color chart below for basic suggestions:
Indoor Rubio Application:
Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C is a 2-component system consisting of Rubio Monocoat Oil (A) and Rubio Monocoat Accelerator (B) for indoor wood products. As previously described, the added accelerator is imperative for quick drying times. The added accelerator allows the oil to cure in 7 days, as opposed to 21 days, without it. During this curing time, spotting, scuffing, and any other physical damage is esthetically eliminated. The accelerated drying time allows you to use your floor, fixture, or furniture, after 2-4 hours, and is ready to be cleaned with liquids within a week. Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C is applied in one layer, adhering with the first microns of the wood by molecular bonding. Because of the molecular bonding, no surface film can form and no variable saturation can occur. The finished wood will not accept a second coat, which helps protect the wood from overlaps and color variance, and causes the process to complete in one coat. On average, Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C can cover 400 sq. ft. of floor, per liter, on most new woods.
Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C is available in a variety of 40 fade-resistant colors. One of the numerous advantages to choosing Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C is any of the color finishes can be blended to create a one-of-a-kind color for your project. To view Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C finishes, please click here.
Unlike polyurethane that builds a barrier between life and wood, the natural oil finish of Rubio Monocoat provides the wood with what it desires to maintain durability and resistance. The linseed oil carrying the wax to the wood hardens around the wood fibers, creating an almost indestructible protection. When tested for resistance against household spills: wine, cola, coffee, water, tea, vinegar, olive oil, milk, urine, lemon and lamp oil, wood finished with Rubio Monocoat showed no visible signs of damage. Please see Rubio’s Resistance Testing for detailed test information. If damage does occur to your natural oiled floor, repair is much easier and faster than with a polyurethane finish; simply sand and reapply Rubio Monocoat to the defected area.
Outdoor Rubio Application:
In addition to Rubio Monocoat’s interior line, they have also created an exterior line of products. Their exterior line combines the interior hard wax oil technology with a UV stabilizer and a product resistant to blackening that will stand up to the most extreme climates. Rubio Monocoat Hybrid Exterior Oil is extremely durable against the sun’s UV radiation, as well as wood rot and can be used on both new and weathered wood. The ultra-protection provided by the natural oils keeps wood looking like new and also prevents it from weathering and greying. Just like Rubio’s interior products, their exterior products are also free of VOCs, formaldehydes and isocyanates. Monocoat Hybrid Exterior Oil does not form a film and does not flake. It can be used on any type of wood product (interior or exterior) longing for beautiful protection all around New Jersey.