UV Oil Finish Maintenance
Proper care and maintenance is the key to ensuring that your floors remain aesthetically pleasing for years to come. Ecological and environmentally friendly, UV oil contains primarily cold pressed vegetable oils and aromatic hardening oils that penetrate into the wood surface and after curing it emphasizes the natural color of wood. UV Oil Finish allows the natural beauty of wood to come through, as the gloss level is significantly lower than a UV lacquer type finish. These oils harden within the wood, forming a protective and permanent coating that penetrates into the wood and is flexible so that eventual scratches, dents or even the damage caused by regular use is not as visible and less noticeable than in high gloss finishes. Also, the wood can breathe through the oil coating surface, and not just the edges, which will result in a more natural and healthy looking wood.
In comparison to urethane type finishes, UV oiled floors are also easier to repair. Once urethane finish is scratched, it is necessary to sand and finish the entire floor, while UV oiled floors can be repaired in most cases with touch up oil.
Installation and maintenance guidelines may be revised periodically as new products develop or reflect changes in industry standards or procedures.
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AFTER INSTALLATIONUV oiled floors differ from any natural oiled floor because they are cured with UV lights. This option gives the possibility of having wood flooring that does not require oiling right after installation.
Use paper or cardboard to cover the floor to prevent wear and/or dirt penetration when additional construction is needed. Do NOT tape paper or cardboard directly to the floor. After all installation/construction work is completed, vacuum the floor.
Only WOCA products (www.woodcareusa.com) are recommended to clean, replenish and maintain your natural oil finished hardwood floor.
CLEANINGPerform daily, weekly, or monthly maintenance by vacuuming or sweeping. For routine cleaning, use WOCA soap which contains nourishing coconut fats and soy to aid in dirt and wear resistance.
WOCA Soap Instructions:
Mix solution according to package recommendations. It is recommended to work with 2 buckets, one with soap solution and one with clean water to rinse your mop. Mop solution onto floor, allowing dirt to dissolve, while being careful to avoid excessive water on the floor. Remove dirty soap water with hard wrung mop and rinse in bucket with clean water. Always wipe floor with soap water on hard wrung out mop in order to re-establish the protective WOCA Soap film. Let dry 30 minutes before using. Never use other cleaning products which can damage your oiled floor. Use the WOCA Soap White on white oiled floors; use the WOCA Soap Natural on all other oiled floors.
REMOVING STAINS AND SCRATCHESLight scratches are best repaired by hand rubbing WOCA Master Oil or, in some cases, WOCA Maintenance Paste on your floor on the affected area using a cloth.
WOCA Master Oil Instructions:
Rub a small amount of WOCA Master Oil on the scratch. Leave the oil to absorb for a short period of me before removing the oil from the surface with a clean coon cloth. Be sure to remove all of the oil on top of the wood and allow area to dry. Always soak oil stained rags in water before lying flat to dry and dispose of by following package instructions. Use the WOCA Master Oil White on white oiled floors; use the WOCA Master Oil Natural on all other oiled floors.
Tough stains caused by red wine, coffee, etc. can be removed by using WOCA Spot Remover. Be sure to apply oil to the area after use as Spot Remover may lift oil along with stains.
Spot Remover Instructions:
Simply spray the Spot Remover on the spot and leave approximately 5 minutes to dissolve. Wipe or scrub the spot before wiping it clean. If necessary, repeat the treatment. After removing the spot, the floor should be treated with a small amount of WOCA oil.
FUTURE MAINTENANCEUV oil finished floors should never have to be re-sanded when properly maintained. However, over me it is necessary to apply more oil to your floor and the frequency of oiling application may differ depending on usage and traffic on the floor. Typically, in a residential application this is anywhere from 2-5 years after initial installation depending on the use of your floor. Correct maintenance with the use of WOCA products will help to extend the me needed between oil applications.
PROTECTIONA natural wood floor expands and contracts in response to changes in temperature and relative humidity. By controlling the environment, maintaining an adequate temperature and relative humidity, you will minimize the visible effects of the seasonal contraction/expansion, cupping or gapping of your wood floor.
- Wipe up spills immediately. Never let water stand on wood for any length of me.
- Do not use any cleaning products other than the ones recommended in these instructions or by WOCA.
- Use walk-off mats at entrance doors and in front of sinks and service doorways.
- Install proper felt protectors under chair and furniture legs.
- Never use type of tape on your floor.
Information on additional maintenance products and other resources can be found online at www.lwflooring.com