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A truly sustainable design means considering the environmental impact of all construction materials right down to the paints and finishes.
Assisting architects and designers, demonstrating to trades people and educating home owners about their options for healthy, environmentally responsible living is a key part of what we do. Livos does not only manufacture environmentally sustainable products, we are also committed to helping people live more sustainably.... read more
Have you received a beautiful gift treated with the Livos products or moved into a house that has had their floors, bench tops or deck treated with a Livos product? Are you unsure of how to maintain these surfaces? Or is it simply time to rejuvenate or repair any of the surfaces you have around your home treated with Livos?... read more
Livos used on first 10-star home at Cape Patterson on TV.... read more
We are thrilled to have been part of the Winner of the 2016 HIA Greensmart display house award. NEATHOUSE have made excellent use of the Livos ALIS decking oil in the light teak stain on the beautiful deck and exterior cladding.... read more
Can the paint I use really make a difference to my health and the environment?
Yes, it most certainly can. By reducing the negative impacts of paints we can end up having a neutral or positive effect on our personal health, the home environment and the environment in general.
Typically, paints are made up of four basic elements; pigments to achieve colour, binders to hold the pigment to the surface after application, solvents that provide the fluid component of paint and fillers that reinforce the binders and provide texture.... read more
Face painters are everywhere…at fetes, farmers markets, birthday parties, festivals and school events. And, with Christmas just around the corner, purchases of face and body paint will be at their peak.
But, what is in face paint? What is actually being absorbed by your child's skin or ingested when it’s applied near their mouth?... read more
Do you like the limed beachy look to your floors or furniture? Do you have a timber that you do not want to deepen in colour? Whilst the clear oil highlights and deepens the colour of the substrate, one is working on, sometimes it is nice to keep it looking as if it is untreated or in its original sanded and untreated look.... read more
Having efficient eco homes is not about living in a mud hut in a paddock! It’s about being smart with your choices, efficient with your resources and protecting the future of your best asset! There are many myths around relating to creating a green home, we think it’s about time some of those myths were busted! So here goes.... read more
The livos non toxic oils are suitable for all types of timbers as well as concrete and porous stones, these natural oils are easy to maintain and develop a warm and luscious sheen to the surface while providing full protection from everyday living.... read more
We all have to watch our spending and budgets so one always compares prices. But don't stop there. At first glance, the prices of some of our products may appear higher than competing products. However, when the coverage rates are compared, Livos natural oils are actually more economical.... read more
Are you aware that many of our older homes in Australia have paints containing high levels of lead?... read more
Does Livos have an oil suitable for bathrooms?
Bathrooms can be very wet places and have lots of soaps etc so it is wonderful that Livos has developed an oil that is designed specifically for these needs.... read more
With indoor to outdoor spaces now flowing together, this is a question that is being asked after more and more. This can be achieved but often with difficulty. It will be dependent on your priorities and if this is best for each area.... read more
Anro Floor care has been sanding and oiling floors in Melbourne for over a decade. Whilst they have tried many coating and staining systems their choice was to stick with the Livos products.... read more
Australian hardwoods not only have a huge variety in colour and texture, more often they are also denser in structure, especially in comparison to many European timbers.
Why is this of any importance you may ask?
Even before considering any type of coating, the environment the deck is built in should be considered.... read more
Wanting to maintain the lighter "sanded" look to your project? OR you may specifically want a darker stain?... read more
Removing walls and need to patch up the timber floor?
Whatever the species it is always best to go to the trouble of sourcing old recycled timber. It won't be as easy as buying new boards but the little bit of extra effort will pay off in the long run. Yes, it is a bit more expensive than new but for most it won't break the budget. Why go to this extra effort?
Tips and Tricks for Staining floors (Timber)
All puttying should be completed prior to sanding. If the floors are very rough and uneven, an initial rough sand can take place prior to puttying. Livos recommends Timber mate putty (available in various colours at most hardware stores)
If using epoxy putty or resins, especially to fill large holes, the surface should be slightly roughened to match the surface of the timber. (Otherwise it will show up as shinny spots on a satin finish). A suggestion would be to use black (ebony) putty in gum veins or natural imperfections to highlight these “natural” imperfections. For man made holes such as nail holes use a colour as close as possible to the timber. When using a stain the putty will absorb the colour of the stain.... read more
The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable farm-based cooking school situated in a 19th century schoolhouse at Lachlan in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley.
It hosts both professional and amateur cooks of all levels looking for sustainable cooking with some added fun! So this floor certainly gets a workout! See how well it holds up.
This beautiful Town hall in Collingwood has been given a new lease on life with the Livos natural timber oils. These boards can now be kept forever as no more sanding is required to for maintanence, all that is needed is a quick top up of oil when required.... read more
To keep your floors looking great particular attention to maintenance is needed. Whilst oiled floors are easy to repair and rejuvenate, paying particular attention to high traffic areas regularly makes long term maintenance a breeze... read more
Avoid treating your deck in the Winter months but as the sun starts to shine again it's great to get the deck ready for entertaining again!!!... read more
With spring just around the corner, its time to start thinking about how to best protect your deck.... read more
In Australia more and more concrete slabs are being used due to the increased awareness of the thermal properties of a slab. Concrete flooring is most useful and works well where the climate is cool or there is a high temperature range.... read more
If you want a high gloss, plastic mirror finish, then the Livos oils are not for you. A varnished floor has a plastic coating covering the timber boards. These coatings are generally hard, and edge bond the boards together. That is, the coating does not allow the boards to move, which may cause wide, uneven gaps in some floors. So-called water based coatings and urethane based ‘Tung Oils’ also create a coating, however they generally do not edge bond the boards as the coatings are not as strong.... read more
Cork is a truly a renewable raw material in the full sense of the word. It comes from the outer layer of the cork oak, which is peeled every 10 years or so, and then it rebuild itself to completely new again. When the cork granules are mixed with natural glue resin, the result is a true 100% natural product.... read more
Do you believe a low or no VOC Synthetic product is healthier for you than a natural product with a relatively high VOC figure?
The issue is the type of VOC not how much VOC.
This information is aimed to provide food for thought when selecting products based on their VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) information and why other important issues must also be considered when choosing paints and finishes.... read more
When urine comes into contact with an oiled floor we would recommend washing the area with a ph neutral cleaner as soon as possible. However when urine is left on the oils even after cleaning an unsightly black mark usually follows, sometimes this can 'disappear' over time with air and ventilation but for many the area remains marked.... read more
More and more woodworkers are turning to the Livos products to use on their furniture. They are loving the natural lustre it gives their beautiful pieces as well it's natural, non offensive smell and the fact that it's completely non toxic!... read more
The natural resins, waxes, and oils in Livos products impregnate the timber and seal it from within, allowing you to still feel the natural timber under your feet. A varnish coating forms a plastic layer on top. Over time this "plastic" coating will start to peel and wear off. Because the Livos products penetrate into the timber there is no coating as such to peel off. This allows for an easier rejuvenation down the track without the need to sand your boards, which means no dust and no moving out of your home for days whilst it is completed! Also sanding the boards each time you want your floors done will eventually wear down the timber and you will need to replace the timber which can be quite costly.... read more
See what is needed to best prepare your deck for treatment.... read more
If the gaps are wide and you can drop a card or 5 cent coin through, then it is best to close this gap from underneath (if you can). Filling from the top only is usually not sufficient as once the boards move through use and temperature fluctuations any filling can come loose and fall through too. Where as if the gap is closed from underneath then any loosened putty will be able to be supported .... read more
The livos oils are suitable for all types of timbers as well as concrete and porous stones, these natural oils are easy to maintain and develop a warm and luscious sheen to the surface while providing full protection from everyday living.... read more
Plant based paints are becoming increasingly popular with the majority giving health reasons for their main decision criteria. Apart from the natural paints being healthier than ones manufactured from crude oil, one should also consider the vapour permeability “breathable” aspect of the paints as well as the manufacturing process.... read more
Is there much benefit of going to the trouble of sourcing reclaimed or recycled timber; only to suffocate it in a plastic product made from crude oil? Imagine- building a new home or adding on to the one you have. You want to do the right thing and source timber that has been previously used, most likely loved and tells its own story. You wouldn’t use it because it is cheaper, as it will cost you more, but you decide to use it because of your conviction to do the right thing. The thought process should not end there. Thinking further, one would hope to be able to reuse the timber again and again if need be and if worst comes to worst, can be disposed of in landfill with absolutely no issue of damaging the environment.... read more
The Livos natural paints are made with naturally occurring raw materials. They are biodegradable and non toxic. Unlike synthetic paints natural paints do not contain any petrochemical substances. They contain such ingredients such as chalk, marble earth pigments etc.... read more
There are a number of issues where residents can be or should be educated to reduce a possible mould exposure. Mould spores are everywhere and only require the right conditions to create havoc. To some it will be no issue at all except that it looks unsightly however to many it could be life threatening. It is also interesting to note, whilst one is not affected by mould, or a chemical for that matter at this point in time, one can very easily become sensitive at a later stage.... read more
Did you know there is a quick and easy way to test any surface to see if it is suitable for the Livos oil? This includes new surfaces or those that have been previously treated.... read more
The LINN Bathroom oil #1703 is our newest product. It has a higher gloss finish and looks similar to a varnish more than a penetrating oil. The higher waxes that provide the added sheen also provide excellent protection from the soaps and harsher bathroom products common in that area.... read more
Clarification of Ardvos and Kunos tin labels
Ardvos and Kunos tin labels do state " Suitable to a limited extent for OSB and veneer. Not to be used on cabinet interiors, stained wood or for the treatment of plywood " however........ read more
Children, more so than adults are influenced and effected by the environment, pollutants and chemicals, so why would you allow your child to use something on their sensitive skin if you did not know what it is made of?... read more
It was at another chance meeting at an expo combined with many long months of campaigning through the various avenues of council hierarchy that we as Anro were contracted to sand and oil the beautiful old hardwood floor at the Fitzroy Town hall ( dating back to 1873 and recorded as “Heritage place" by Heritage Victoria.... read more
Winter is finally over and the daylight hours are increasing. Flowers are blooming and barbeques are being fired up. Now may be the best time to pay the deck some attention.... read more
Site: Award winning St Mary’s Primary School
This is a school hall in Bairnsdale that has used local tradespeople to finish their 757 sq mt of new harwood Vic Ash Flooring in May 2011 using the Livos eco friendly oils, even with the many visitors and years later it looks amazing!... read more
Or so my daughter said when she dragged home a thickly varnished table.
On closer inspection, it was found to be made out of solid hardwood. The size and shape was good but it was so heavily varnished and badly done at that!
How many people do you know that have some form of allergy or sensitivity, wether the exact cause is known or not? Why does Australia have one of the highest asthma and allergy rates in the world?... read more
A truly sustainable design means considering the environmental impact of all construction materials right down to the paints and finishes.
Did you know that your choice of building materials and coatings may have long term ramifications on many levels?
By using the Livos non-toxic plant based products you will be creating a healthier living environment, giving you peace of mind.
Full Declaration; all ingredients are listed and openly declared (since 1984) on all products and data sheets. The “List of Raw Materials” is available on this web site for easy reference to some of the lesser known ingredients.
After working extensively in the coatings industry in Switzerland, Angela and Robert relocated to Australia bringing with them a new prospective on health issues caused by many synthetic products.... read more