Remove carpet and vinyl with this dust-free, safe alternative to traditional grinders or chemical softeners

black mastic removal with bean-e-doo

Pull up old carpet or tile and give your home interior a facelift this Winter. Made with the DIY-er in mind, Bean-e-doo Mastic Remover is a non-toxic, cost-effective, dust-free alternative for mastic removal to many of the chemical mastic removers and grinders available today. Bean-e-doo is also made in the USA with renewable resources. Have an old floor covering to remove that has asbestos containing black mastic underneath? Bean-e-doo encapsulates and neutralizes asbestos, making the mastic safe for disposal in the landfill. Appropriate for black, yellow and white mastic.

Complete your project easily when you follow these tips:

  • Make sure all mastic surfaces are fully covered yellow mastic removal with bean-e-doowith Bean-e-doo.
  • Use Bean-e-doo for removing mastic on concrete floors only.
  • Time is a key ingredient in getting great results from Bean-e-doo, so make sure to let the Bean-e-doo soak for a long period. Reserve anywhere from 4-24 hours for the Bean-e-doo to work its magic.
  • All you need for application is a long handheld brush or broom.

For clean up make sure you have the following:

  • Long handled scraper or squeegee
  • Commercial absorbent
  • Shovel
  • Mop
  • Degreaser (Emerge or Dawn-like dish detergent)
  • Trash Bags

Check out Bean-e-doo coverage and dwell time in the chart below:

Mastic Type Mastic Color Approximate Dwell Time Coverage
Asbestos Mastic black 1-4 hours 100-150 SF per gallon
Vinyl, Latex, or Acrylic Mastic yellow 4-24 hours Up to 100-150 SF per gallon
Ceramic Tile Mastic yellow, white 4-24 hours Up to 100-150 SF per gallon

Checkout this recent testimonial from one of our customers:

“If I could give this product 10 stars I would. We were amazed with the result. Having purchased a home built in 1963 we removed the carpeting and discovered old asbestos tiles beneath. When we pulled them up we were met with an awful stench and the black mastic adhesive that was used to lay the tiles 52 years ago. I read about Bean-e-doo and we thought we’d give it a try. We applied it to 1/4 of the bedroom area with a broom, as recommended. We waited 1 hour but didn’t get the results we wanted so we waited an additional hour and were amazed at what we saw. We used a string mop and hot water in an old bucket to mop up the product and in no time at all…there was the concrete floor and no more smelly, black mastic adhesive. We’re looking forward to removing the rest of the adhesive in one room and finishing with a second room tomorrow. I’m so glad we found your product and now we’ll feel safe and odor free when we’re ready to lay our new flooring next week. I highly recommend this product and wish we were able to purchase it locally through a hardware store or Home Depot. There are many old homes in our area and I plan to spread the word about Bean-e-doo.” Renee, LogFinish.com Customer

Check out Bean-e-doo in Action :

 

 

Introducing Log Gap Caps – Perfect for Sealing Around Doors and Windows

log gap cap foam insert

No more hand cutting foam inserts before caulking around your doors and windows! The Log Gap Cap™ reduces air infiltration where round logs meet window and door trim. Though designed to work with 6″ to 10″ diameter logs, the Log Gap Cap’s uniform shape fits most log profiles. With an easy scissor cut along the flat side, they work in log siding applications. The material is resistant to mold, rot, bacteria, and will not absorb moisture. A perfect companion to Energy Seal applications. Check out step by step instructions on using Log Gap Caps below:

log cap caps log home

 

 

Why Wood Turns Gray If You Use a Clear Finish

Effect of 18 Months of Sun Exposure on Bare Northern White Cedar
Effect of 18 Months of Sun Exposure on Bare Northern White Cedar-Image courtesy Perma-Chink Systems

 

 

“The bottom line is that if only clear coats are applied to exterior bare wood they provide only temporary protection against UV damage.” – Perma-Chink Systems

Our customers often ask us for a clear finish that will protect their wood.  The truth is, clear finishes may provide water repellency, resistance against mold and mildew and insecticidal properties, but clear finishes do not  protect your log home from damaging UV rays that cause graying of your home’s exterior walls, decks and rails.  With most clear finishes you will notice graying wood within 6-24  months of initial application.

Why will the exterior of your home turn gray if you only use a clear finish to protect it?   Clear finishes do not contain the appropriate pigment load to absorb UV rays from the sun. Clear finishes often contain little to no chemical UV inhibitors and the inhibitors they do contain are often “sacrificial, in other words the more UV light that they are exposed to, the quicker they get used up” according to Perma-Chink Systems. The result is a clear finish that breaks down rapidly from exposure to the sun, leaving wood unprotected and exposed to damaging  UV rays.  Wood will then start to turn gray, which is the natural reaction of bare wood fibers when exposed to the sun for extended periods of time.

We like to compare pigmented wood finishes to sunblock. Your body’s natural reaction when exposed to the sun over time is to tan or burn, it’s just how your body manages UV exposure. You apply sunblock to create a protective layer between you and the sun.  When you apply a wood finish that contains pigments or tints, you are accomplishing the same thing as you are with applying sunblock before you go to the pool, which is to provide a layer of pigment protection between the wood and the sun.

Semi-transparent, tinted wood finishes provide your wood with UV protection. Different wood finish brands contain various UV inhibitors, but the rule of thumb is the darker the tint of the stain, the better the UV protection for your house.  If your house is located in a high sun area, where it is fully exposed for hours at a time, LogFinish.com recommends using a finish with a medium to dark tint.

If your deck or wood exteriors are weathered and gray and you have decided to re-finish them with a tinted product it is important to first remove the gray, weathered surface. To do this, we recommend using a cleaning and brightening product that will leave your wood at the proper pH for staining as well as remove any dirt and pollen that has collected on the wood.  We do not recommend using household bleach and water to brighten wood because of its ability to dramatically change the natural pH of the wood. Instead, try out an oxalic acid based product like X-180 Weathered Wood Restorer, a wood cleaner and brightener for mild to severely discolored wood.

Thanks to the good folks at Perma-Chink Systems and LogFinish.com for inspiring this article and providing a wealth of information on this subject.

Product Spotlight: Lead-Out Lead Paint Remover, Removing lead paint is finally easy, safe and affordable!

No more complicated, dangerous and unsafe lead paint removal!

Franmar has developed a revolutionary paint stripper that renders lead paint non-hazardous for safe removal and inexpensive disposal.  Made from soybeans, LEAD OUT™uses a special patented Molecular Bonding System or MBS® that reacts with lead at the molecular level to alter the lead compounds to a non-hazardous compound. The result is a simple and affordable way to safely remove lead-paint.

Because the lead in the paint is converted to a non-hazardous product, waste disposal is easy and inexpensive. LEAD OUT™will remove multiple layers (20+) of lead paint, latex, oil paints, enamels, varnish and urethane in one application and even cleans up with a simple degreaser such as Franmar’s EMERGE Surface Degreaser or Dawn dish detergent.

Once clean up is complete, surfaces treated with LEAD OUT™ consistently produce test results well below the EPA’s lead safe limits.

LEAD OUT™ contains no methylene chlorides,  is non-caustic and is 100% biodegradable.

LEAD OUT™ is safe to use on wood, brick, stone, metal, plaster and concrete.

For a look at LEAD OUT™ in action, check out our video: Lead Out Lead Paint Remover in Action

For more information on LEAD OUT™ from LogFinish.com click here.

 

 

Helpful Hints for Winterizing Your Log Home

It’s October, and that means it’s time to winterize your log home. You may have cold weather already, or it could be just around the corner, but taking these simple steps to winterize now means your home will be protected before it gets too cold to bear!

Inspect Your Logs
If you have temperatures above 50 degrees, you can still re-coat your home and decks with stain. Follow-ing recommended maintenance schedules protects the integrity of the wood and enhances the beauty of your home. We recommend washing first with Log Wash for light surface cleaning.
Fill checks in logs, and any gaps around doors, windows, and exterior ventilation openings to prevent moisture infiltration from ice, rain and snow, and to keep indoor heat from escaping. We recommend Energy Seal, and Checkmate 2.

Inspect Your Landscaping
Trim tree branches resting on your roof or hanging too close to power lines. Heavy snow piling up can wreak havoc!
Fall is the perfect time to seal concrete driveways and patios so they hold up to damaging Winter salts and freezing temps. It’s also important to fill cracks while they’re small to prevent spreading. We recommend Seal-Once Concrete & Masonry Waterproof Sealer.
Pulling up a dock or keeping your outdoor wood furniture on the patio? Seal it with a good water-proofer to protect it from harsh elements. We recommend Seal-Once Poly Blend and Seal-Once Marine.

Inspect Your Foundation and Roof
Rake leaves and excess vegetation away from your foundation to keep unwanted critters and wood boring insects at bay. Dry, brittle pine needles are a potential fire hazard. Reduce your risk by clearing them away from your home and off your roof. If you are in an area prone to natural fires, consider protecting your home with a flame retardant. We recommend Flame Seal Wood Seal.

Whether you plan to stay in your log home through the Winter or leave and return in the Spring, properly winterizing protects your home through those cold Winter months and extends its life for many years of enjoyment.

 

Many thanks to LogFinish.com’s, Jennifer Fludd for this fantastic article!

How to Pick the Best Exterior Stain or Finish for Your Log Cabin-Part 2

1.  Have you treated your logs with a wood preservative?  If not, you can use an all-in-one wood preservative and wood finish  by applying Q8 Log Oil.  Other finishes such as Sikkens Cetol Log and Siding, and Lifeline Ultra 2 and 7 require a borate wood preservative before applying  the finish.

 

2. Are you concerned about making sure your logs are flame retardant?  If you live in a fire-prone area or you just want to protect your log home from the unthinkable, think about applying a flame retardant like Flame Seal which gives your home a Class A fire rating.

 

3. Would you like the finish to be film-forming or penetrate into the logs?  Outlast Q8 Log Oil  is a penetrating finish that soaks into the logs.  Sikkens and Perma-Chink products form a satin or gloss film on the wood to protect it.

 

4. Would you like a flat matte finish or a shiny satin/gloss finish?  Some people like a matte finish which gives wood  a natural, textured look.  Others like the sheen or shine created by satin or glossy finishes.

 

5. How often are you willing to retreat the home in the following years?  Some finishes require re-application in 2-3 years, after the initial coat.  Others require application every 3-7 years.  What are you willing to do?

 

6. Is a warranty on the finish you purchase important to you?   Perma-Chink Systems offers a 3-5 year warranty on their Lifeline Ultra 2 and Ultra 7  products when applied to their standards and proof of purchase is provided.

 

7. What is your budget?  Exterior finishes can range  from $1.75 a square foot to $8.50 a square foot including labor.

 

8. Are you finishing the house yourself or are you hiring someone to do the work?  Different finishes require different methods of application.  It is important to apply finishes according to the product label.  Sometimes hiring an experienced person to do the work is best, since they may already have the special equipment needed for application.

 

9. What is the weather?  Most stains need to be applied between 40-90 degrees Fahrenheit in dry weather.  Products should always be applied at temperatures specified by the product label.  Many finishes should not be applied in direct sunlight.  Some finishes dry in a couple of hours, others dry overnight and still others take several days to dry.

 

So, end the end, keep in mind that there is no “best” finish, just the best finish for you and your log home. If you have any questions about the information we have posed please do call us at 1-888-208-2248.

How to Pick the Best Exterior Stain or Finish for Your Log Cabin-Part 1

Over the years we have had one question that our clients have asked us over and over again.  That question is “What is the best finish you have available?” In reality there is no “best finish”; there are many great finishes available. The real question is “What is the best finish for you and your log home?”.  Here is the first of  several key questions to ask yourself when deciding on the best finish or stain for your log home:

1. Would you like an oil-based or a water-based finish?    There are many different  finishes, but this  question encompasses all of them.  Here are some pros  and cons about each category:

Petroleum  Based  Products

Brand names you recognize like Sikkens Cetol Log and Siding  and Outlast Q8 Log Oil are oil based finishes that contain some type of petroleum.

Pros

  • Petroleum  based stains like Q8 Log Oil will keep wood from drying out because it penetrates deep into the wood  therefore minimizing cracking and checking.  Outlast Q8 Log Oil is also an EPA registered wood preservative and has a built-in pesticide called Copper 8 quinolinolate.
  • A high solids products like WeatherSeal and Sikkens Log and Siding provide excellent UV protection.

Cons

  • Petroleum oil based products are subject to major price increases on a regular basis because of the rising cost of oil.
  • Petroleum oil based products can be tough to clean up and some have high VOC (volatile organic compound) levels.
  • Once you use an oil based penetrating stain it can be tough to switch to a different product because  it soaks deep into the wood and can be very hard to remove.

Plant Oil Based  Finishes

Pros

  • Plant oil based stains and finishes are very environmentally friendly.  
  • These stains are all natural and  can be applied in a much greater range of temperature than petroleum oil based stains.
  • Plant oil based products generally have very low VOC’s.
  • Very safe to work with and have easy, non-toxic clean up as compared to petroleum oil based stains.

Cons

  • Plant oil based stains and finishes can often require  more coats to finish the exterior of your house, therefore creating the need for more application time and a larger initial product purchase.

 

 Water Based Acrylic Latex Finishes

Pros

  • Water-based  stains are easy to clean up, usually only requiring warm soapy water.  
  • Very low VOC’s,  so they often have very little smell.  
  • Water-based stains are usually more environmentally friendly than their petroleum oil based counterparts.
  • These stains and finishes often provide a better color variety and options for satin or gloss finish.  
  • Water-based stains like Perma-Chink Systems Lifeline Ultra 2 and Ultra 7 and Seal-Once offer up to a 5 year warranty when applied to their standards.

Cons

  • Many water based finishes require an additional top coat to finish the application.

 

So, there you have it.  Hopefully this article has taken you one step closer to finding out what stain or finish to use on your home.  For extra help or questions about products give us a call at 1-888-208-2248.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Cleaning Your Log Cabin

Why should you clean the exterior of  your log home?

1. Maintain the durability and appearance of your exterior finish.

2. Dust, pollen, and other airborne contaminants provide a food source for fungal growth on your logs.

3. If using a contact insecticide, dirt accumulated on the exterior surface of your home will prevent bugs from contacting the treated surface and render the insecticide ineffective.

4. Helps you get a good look at the physical condition of your logs/siding to see if there are any areas that need caulking or chinking.

5. A regular gentle cleaning of the exterior of your home can prolong the life of the stain/finish on your home.

Reasons Not to Use Bleach Or Ammonia Based Products:

  • Destroys lignan in the wood.
  • Can permanently remove color.
  • Residue is a carcinogen once it falls to the ground.
  • Bleach is tough to rinse off and you will find that the finish may look spotty after washing.
  • May cause streaks to develop on the surface of your wood.

What You Need to Clean Your Log Home:

  • A liquid log cleaner like  X-180 (oxalic acid) or Log Wash (detergent).  The reason we recommend a cleaner specifically for logs is that the PH of the cleaner needs to be very close to the PH of the wood in order to work effectively and not damage your wood.
  • A garden hose equipped with a spray nozzle or low-pressure washer (no more than 500 psi).
  • A pump up garden sprayer.
  • A long handled, soft bristle brush.

 

How to Clean Your Log Home

1. Pick a small area.  Work only an area big enough so that the cleaning solution is on the wall for about 10-15 minutes.

2. Wet down the wall with mist from your garden hose.

3. Apply cleaning solution with a garden sprayer, starting at the bottom of the wall and work your way up.

4. Scrub. Gently scrub the wall with your brush.

5. Rinse. Use a gentle setting on the hose nozzle and thoroughly rinse the cleaner from the top down. This will help prevent blotches and drip marks. If you are going to use a pressure washer set it to deliver at 500-800 PSI to avoid splitting the wood fibers.

 

More questions about cleaning the exterior of your log home?  Call us at 1-888-208-2248 for some friendly help.  Want to test out some of the products mentioned in our blog?