Wood Floors Maintenance
DURING THE FIRST 10 DAYS
Freshly applied Hard Waxoil takes 10 days to harden right through. Few simple precautions should be taken during this period:
- Do not cover the waxed-oiled floor with protective sheets or rugs.
- Do not move heavy furniture around.
- Remove dust with a vacuum cleaner, brush or cloth: do not use impregnated fabrics.
- Use protective felt pads underneath table and chair legs.
- Remove the dust regularly from the waxed-oiled surface using a brush or a vacuum cleaner.
- Stains and marks can be easily removed with a neutral detergent (using a damp mop or cloth, never a soaking wet one).
- Important: wait 15 days before the first renovation treatment to allow Hard Waxoil time to harden right through.
- Wipe with a damp mop or cloth using diluted Natural Soap for Oiled Wood Floors (250 ml to 10 litres of water).
- Work on one area at a time, rinsing the mop or cloth regularly. It should always be well wrung out to avoid getting the wood floor too wet.
- Frequency: from once a week on light-traffic floors to daily cleaning in high-traffic areas. Natural Soap for Oiled Wood Floors is 100% natural and therefore ideal for cleaning waxed-oiled wooden floors thoroughly whilst reinforcing their protection.
- Simple and economical, regular maintenance allows fast treatment of the wood in order to renew the protective layer of waxoil and keep the wooden floor looking warm and natural.
- After ensuring the waxed-oiled floor is clean and dust-free, spray on Hard Waxoil Maintenance (using a hand sprayer) and wipe with a clean, dry cotton cloth to obtain a matt finish.
- Maintenance is easier using a machine - either polishing machine with revolving brushes or a professional buffing machine fitted with a beige pad. It is then similar to a spray method: polishing is faster and mechanical cleaning more effective.
- Full use of the area: 4 to 6 hours after buffing.
- How often? When the waxed-oiled floor starts losing its beautiful finish, generally once or twice a month.
- On high-traffic wooden floors, regular maintenance can be completed with one coat of Hard Waxoil over the whole floor followed by careful buffing, either with a buffing machine or manually.
The more Hard Waxoll Maintenance is used, the easier maintenance becomes.
Important: on wood which has been stained using coloured Hard Waxoil (or previously stained wood), the amount of traffic on the wood floor will determine how the shade evolves over time. Maintenance should be done regularly and thoroughly to ensure long-lasting protection and decoration.
PROPERLY MAINTAINED WAXED-OILED WOOD FLOORS LOOK BETTER AND BETTER AS TIME GOES BY.
REPAIRING A SMALL AREA
Small areas with specific damage (cigarette burns, impact damage, etc.) can be repaired: rub or scrape to remove the damage and then re-apply some Hard Waxoil. This is one of the great benefits of a wooden floor treated with Hard Waxoil.
REPAIRING A LARGE AREA
Waxed-oiled floors which have not been maintained as often as their use requires, can be sanded using a buffing machine fitted with a sanding disc (about 120 grit) before applying a coat of Hard Waxoil (using a brush, graining brush, short-haired roller or the spray method). Polish by hand or with a buffing machine.
A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU GET THE. MOST OF YOUR INAXED-OILED WOOD FLOOR
- A good-quality doormat placed at the entrance to the room will retain dust and grit.
- Your wood flooring needs the right environment: ideally, a room temperature between 19 and 21°C and around 50 to 65% relative air humidity.
- Wipe up any water or other liquid spillages immediately and take particular care with flower pots.
- N.B.: a lacquer can be applied on a wood floor treated with Hard Waxoil: the Hard Waxoil should be completely removed beforehand by sanding down to bare wood.
If your wood is regularly maintained, it will keep its natural warmth and beautiful finish.