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Bamboo kitchen counter: answering your questions

If you have a bamboo kitchen counter, you may wonder about its protection. Bamboo is no ordinary wood! Bamboo shoots are an exotic species well-known for its unfailing resistance. If you want your kitchen counter to stay intact for years, follow our tips on the protection and maintenance of bamboo surfaces.

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Which Livos oil should be used to protect exotic wood?

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IPÉ exotic wood is very popular for outdoor terraces and patios but also for flooring. Livos products are suitable for both indoor and outdoor projects. Find out about the right oils for exotic wood in each situation.

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3 mistakes to avoid when applying oil on your red pine wood floor

Red pine wood is a very popular material because of its low cost. To preserve a new red pine floor, oil is an excellent option. But if your floor has already been protected by varnish and if you want to oil it, you must first go through a few steps. No matter the case, thanks to this article, you will be able to avoid common mistakes linked to sanding and applying oil on red pine wood.

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5 Pieces of sound advice to make ecological wooden furniture

Making a piece of ecological wooden furniture not only makes the planet feel better, but your health as well. Obviously, nobody wants to be surrounded by harmful material. Environment-friendly furniture can be as good-looking as that bought in superstores. The difference mainly lies in the material selection! Here are 5 tips that will guide you when making 100% ecological wooden furniture!

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What is The Best Natural Hardwood Floor Cleaner?

There are many homemade cleaning products for nearly everything, even for your wooden floor. A natural hardwood floor cleaner can be a good solution if you want to avoid bringing toxic chemicals in your house. You can clean your wooden floor with homemade products or natural commercial products. Here are some popular options you can use to naturally clean your hardwood floor and why it’s best to go with the most ecological one.

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Which Product to Use on Oak Flooring?

Oak flooring is known for its ability to withstand the test of time. But, you still have to protect oak flooring with the right product. Here’s an overview of some of oak flooring attributes and the most effective products to use on your beautiful oak flooring.

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How To Maintain Your Wooden Kitchen Countertop?

The kitchen countertop is an essential, unsung hero of every home. For some people, a stone countertop is what works for them, but many homeowners prefer the look and feel of a kitchen wood countertop. If you’re one of those people, you already know that you need to exercise a little bit of care and maintenance to keep it in good shape. But we’re here to show you that adding extra wax or varnish isn’t always the way. If your wood countertop is being used for food preparation, natural oil is what we recommend. Here’s why!

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Is A Natural Oil Finish Right For Your Hardwood Floor?

Hardwood floors are one of the more popular choices for floor surfaces in homes these days, and it’s not hard to see why. The very distinct, warm look of hardwood gives homes a much friendlier, more “homey” look and feel. The texture is also pleasant as well, and, unlike stone or tile, tends to feel much warmer to exposed feet.


But there’s one decision homeowners need to make about how to protect their hardwood floors. This boils down to one of two choices; oil or varnish. We’re going to explain what the hardwood oil floor choice is, and why you might want to consider this.

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Marc-André, Ph. D
Hi William, For the exterior floor, we recommend you use the Decking oil Alis 579. Have a great day!... Read More
Monday, 29 October 2018 06:57
Marc-André, Ph. D
Thank you bathroom remodel. Yep, one step at a time is a good piece of advice. Have a great day!
Friday, 23 November 2018 14:47

How To Protect Your Bamboo Kitchen Countertop

If you own or are thinking of getting a bamboo countertop installed in your kitchen, you’re making a great, distinctive choice! Bamboo wood is a rising star for wooden surfaces because it is ecologically sound. Not only is it a robust, versatile wood, its tropical roots mean that it is one of the most renewable wood sources on the planet thanks to how quickly it grows. If you’re interested in protecting it—or even restoring an old one—we can help make it a successful project!!

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3 Essential Steps To Restore An Old Ancestral Floor

When you live in an older home, especially one with historical significance, everything about it is a testament to history and character. The way the stairs have been constructed, the stained glass that may be on the windows, even the unique shape of the windows themselves are all going to be unlike anything that you find in a modern home, with factory-standardized parts.


And even though not many people think about it, because it’s under them and not around them, the same is true of the floor. When you have an old, ancestral floor, you don’t just have a wooden surface that you walk on. You have history, cachet, and a unique style of construction that just isn’t done this way anymore. If you want to preserve that type of traditional craftsmanship, there is some extra care that needs to be taken. The results, however, are worth it, and you can continue to maintain the memory, history, and distinctiveness of your ancestral floor if it’s wooden, oiled, and you follow our tips.

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Great Treatment Options for Wooden Pallet Floors

When it comes to wood flooring, more and more DIY’ers are turning to wood pallets as their material of choice.


Pallet wood flooring makes a wonderful option for both aesthetics and durability, but there is more to it than simply tearing apart some wooden pallets and laying them down. Pallet wood flooring is ideal for cottages, chalets, backyard decks, basements, kitchen floors, or even the floor of a pontoon.


However, without the right pallet wood treatment, you may end up with a host of problems that threaten your flooring project and require you to tear it up and start over.


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5 Projects to use Wood Pallets

You have wood pallets available and you would like to design unique practical new projects? Whether you want to make furniture or decorations, here are a few ideas that should stimulate your imagination! And what is more, you do not need to be an expert to carry out these projects. 

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Painting your kitchen wood cabinets... Is this a good idea?

You might be tempted to paint your wood cabinets for a change or to make them more fashionable. Although it is possible and easy to do, you should be aware of the pros and cons of this decision.

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Livos: the Ecological Wood Finishing Oil

Nowadays health and environment are two major concerns. This is why, when considering choosing a finishing product, natural ecological products should be favored. Did you know that Livos' flax-based oils are the most efficient ecological substitute for acrylic or urethane-based varnishes or traditional oil stains?


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Livos' story: Back to our roots

Products for treating wood have existed for centuries. In fact, did you know that flax oil and tung oil have been used for more than 2000 years? Indeed these have been known as excellent in protecting wood against damage caused by water and sunshine. Evidence of their use has even been traced back to many years before Christ in products derived from the flax used in ancient civilizations in Egypt...

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Livos oil: the most stain resistant products!

You're having a nice and joyful evening but now... too bad!, you just realized that your guest spilled his glass of wine on your beautiful oiled wooden countertop. A little embarrassed, he was away and now tells you what he did... after 20 minutes. You wipe but it's done, the counter is stained.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you just had to tell him: "Don’t worry!" And wipe the spilled wine and see a beautiful wood countertop with no stain left!


In this article you will discover how Livos products can guarantee you better stain resistance compared to the competition.

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9 questions commonly asked about how to stain a pine table

In early days, people had to use hard wood such as maple, birch or yellow birch to make fire. As a result, they used soft wood such as pine to make beams, floors, furniture and kitchen tables. So if you want to get a rustic look or that of our ancestral  homes, nothing can beat pine.


Either for a kitchen or living room table, you will get a more natural look by using wax or natural oil. For better durability, though, it is better to use oil or varnish. Do you really know the major differences of each of these finish products?  Here you will find out about them. Staining a pine table requires a particular way of doing it. Let us go over the questions commonly asked in order to help you to better choose your finish product!


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How to prepare a yellow birch floor for best results and maximum durability?

If you are a handyman in the least, you may be tempted to sand your yellow birch floor by yourself. Although it is recommended to call on a professional or make sure you are skilled enough for this kind of operation, doing it yourself is not impossible and can save a substantial amount of money. If you have decided to take on this adventure, follow these guidelines...

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How to treat your wooden bathroom furniture?

You’ve just seen a beautiful bathroom in your favorite magazine! The bathroom’s vanity is made of wood. You really like the look, but a question comes up: "Can I actually put a wooden vanity in the bathroom?". Didn’t I hear that humidity is wood’s worst enemy? Yes, but there is a but. It all depends on the wood’s specie and its protection. Between varnish, epoxy and oil, there are certainly major differences in look, but in the end, all these products will provide a water repellent treatment to your bathroom furniture.

By reading this article, you will see that if you follow a few guidelines, you will be able to give your new bathroom a nice look with a wooden furniture whether it is coated with varnish, epoxy or an eco-friendly oil.

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Recent Comments
Marc-André, Ph. D
Yep, they are coming and I will upload them as soon as they are ready!
Friday, 09 November 2018 12:20
Marc-André, Ph. D
Bram, you can watch the video of natural oil application on floor with French subtitles on YouTube - Read More
Monday, 19 November 2018 10:30
Marc-André, Ph. D
Here is another video of natural oil application with cotton wick also on YouTube - Read More
Monday, 19 November 2018 10:41

Livos linseed oil for wood: an eco-friendly product with an impressive covering power!

Do you know Livos United States? It is a company that started its activities in 2004 through Ghislain Lebel, a cabinetmaker from Canada. Prior to 2004, Mr. Lebel mainly manufactured AVIVIA kitchen cabinets in St-Séverin de Proulxville near the famous Western Festival of St-Tite.

Disgusted by polyurethanes and other toxic lacquers commonly used in the manufacture of kitchen cabinets, Mr. Lebel saw that the containers of these hazardous products were accumulating in his factory. Moreover, although the safety rules were strictly respected and the employees were wearing a mask to work, the atmosphere was very harmful and the smell highly unpleasant. One day, Mr. Lebel decided that he no longer wanted to offer his employees this highly carcinogenic environment neither did he wanted those hard to recycle residues.

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