Maintaining an Oiled Floor

Cleaning & Maintaining a
hardwax oil finished hardwood floor

Maintaining an Oiled Floor that has been finished with natural hard wax oil is easy and straightforward and should last a lifetime if these instructions are followed.  The more often the floor is cleaned with soap and maintained with oil care / maintenance oil, the more resilient it will become as the protection will because inherent within the wood.

Initial Precautions

Put self adhesive or nail on felt pads beneath all furniture.  This will make moving furniture for cleaning easier, quieter and more importantly will eliminate scratching the floor.  The hardwax oil will continue to harden for the first week or so after installation.  During this period do not cover the floor with protective sheeting, rugs or matting.  Sweep or vacuum dust and grit from the floor and use only a well wrung out damp cloth if required but not any chemical impregnated wipes.

Within 2-3 Days of Installation

Remove dust and grit regularly with a cloth, vacuum or well wrong mop.  We recommend using a Blanchon natural soap when mopping the floor.  once the floor is thoroughly clean and dry, apply a thin coat of maintenance oil using an applicator pad.  This should be well rubbed into the floor.  In commercial areas a polishing machine with a brown scotch brite pad will enable faster application, deeper penetration and a much quicker drying time.  Full use of the area is between 4-6 after application.  The more often maintenance oil is applied the more resilient to wear, moisture and staining the floor becomes.  The frequency depends on the traffic, a bar, reception will require maintenance oil ever two to three months.  residential rooms will be every twelve months.

Routine Cleaning

Keep the floor free from grit and dust as this will abrade the surface of the wood.  Cleaning the floor with a polishing / buffing machine is the fastest and safest way to maintain a sheen without wetness.  Alternatively a flat head dry mop and spray cleaner will remove most marks and keep the floor in good condition.  In case of a badly soiled floor a well wrung using the Blachon natural soap will effectively clean the floor.  Remove scuffs ad hell marks with a scotch brite pad.

Repairing Dents & Scratches

Small areas with specific damage, cigarette burns, impact damage, scratches etc.  These can be repaired with gentle removing any debris then rub hard wax oil (not maintenance oil) into the area with a abrasive pad.  In most cases the repair will be invisible within a week, ease of repair is one advantage of a hardwax floor.

Repairing a Large Area

A floor that has perhaps not been maintained as its use required, can be lightly abraded with a sand scree disc on a polishing / buffing machine.  Any areas with heavy damage can be sanded with 80 then 120 grit sand paper to remove damage.  Then apply a coat of hardwax oil using a cotton pad or polishing machine.  This will restore the floor, apply a coat of maintenance oil once the hardwax oil has dried.

Preventative Maintenance

Felt pads beneath furniture are mandatory for any hard floor surface.  A good quality absorbent matting at the entrance will minimise the risk of scratching from grit and prevent moisture making the floor slippy.  Wipe up spillages immediately and take care with plank pots.

Please note that a constant humidity is essential to the well being of the floor.  Too much moisture in the atmosphere will call the wood to expand and spring.  Not enough will cause the wood to dry out and shrink.  Our wood is stored an a ambient temperature and humidity and your order will be dispatched at between 8-11% moisture content.  If after installation, the timber absorbs or discharges 1% in moisture content across the floor this could result in moment up to 2.5 mm per m2.

We can not emphasis enough the important of maintaining stable conditions throughout the lifetime of the floor.

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