Because we finished them with a non-toxic food-grade substance — Shellac
. How cool is that? Cooler still is the fact that the stuff is made from the "resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand." Bugs! Cool! Looks and smells good, too. Also, it's easy to take off (with just some alcohol), so the refinishing touches we have to do should be relatively painless. Cheaper than other synthetic options as well.
Some helpful resources, should you consider doing the same — How to Refinish Hardwood Floors
, How to Apply Shellac Finishes to Wood Floors
, Choosing And Applying a Traditional Shellac Finish
. Gotta love them Internets
! What can't you learn?
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