Initial and regular maintenance care with WOCA Maintenance Oil* - Before a new floor is taken into use it is recommended to buff it – both industrially oiled floors and residentially oiled floors. The final buffing provides a hard-wearing surface and may take place either by hand or with machine. Oiled floors should be maintained regularly – normally once a year, but more often in case of floors exposed to extremely hard wear.
Intensive cleaning prior to oil maintenance - Clean the floor with 125 ml Wood Cleaner mixed into 5 l water. Leave the floor to dry for at least 8 hours. The floor must be completely dry. In case of extreme dirt scrubb floor manually using a pad or by machine. Wipe clean with mop or cloth. Always wipe a second time in order that as little water as possible remains on the surface. Repeat cleaning procedure if nessary.
Tip Always work with two buckets – one with Wood Cleaner mixed with water and one with rinse water.
Application of maintenance oil - After cleaning with WOCA Wood Cleaner leave the floor to dry for at least 8 hours. The floor must be completely dry. Shake the Maintenance oil container carefully. Apply approx. 100ml oil per 4 m2 with a pad, paint roller or cotton cloth, or use a polishing machine for large surfaces. It is important that the Maintenance Oil is carefully polished into the wood. Continue polishing until the wood appears saturated and the surface looks uniform.
Final polishing - Wipe the floor with clean, dry cotton cloths before proceeding with the next section of floor to be finished. The floor should not appear wet and there should not be any excess oil left on the surface after polishing. Continue in sections until the floor has been finished. When polished with polishing machine, the floor will be pre-hardened
after approx. 4 hours at 20° C and may cautiously be taken into use. Manually polished floors may be taken into use after 24 hours. The surface is fully hardened after 24 hours. Do not expose the floor to water during the hardening time.
Important note Risk of self-ignition: Due to the risk of self-ignition it is important that sanding dust and oil wetted cloths are soaked in water and disposed of in a tightly closed container after use.
Tip Very dirty floors may be cleaned with Wood Cleaner and subsequently with Natural Soap. Areas with heavy wear may be maintained with WOCA Maintenance Paste after cleaning with Wood Cleaner. Particularly difficult stains may be removed with WOCA Spot Remover.
Occasional care and maintenance of oiled wood floors using WOCA Oil Refresher*
- Shake the bottle of WOCA oil refresher well before use.
- The floor must be free from dust before treatment.
- Mix WOCA Oil Refresher into lukewarm water:
• For traditionally oiled floors: 1:20 (250 ml WOCA Oil Refresher into 5 litres of water).
• For UV-oiled and oil-waxed floors: 1:40 (125 ml WOCA Oil Refresher into 5 litres of water).
- The mixture ratio can vary depending on wear and requirement.
- Use two buckets – one with WOCA Oil Refresher mixed into water and one with rinse water. At first, dip the floor cloth or mop into the Oil Refresher mixture and clean the floor with the light wrung cloth or mop lengthwise of the floor. Then rinse the cloth or mop in clear water, wring hard and dip it into the Oil Refresher mixture again. This time the cloth or mop needs to be extremely hard wrung before wiping the floor again lengthwise of the floor, in order to leave as little moisture on the floor as possible. It is recommended to clean an area of approx. 10 m2 at the time. By doing it this way the floor is exposed to moisture only for a short period.
- Leave the floor to dry for approx. two hours before use.
- If a light shine is wanted, polish the dry floor with a white pad.
Tip Always work with two buckets – one with Oil Refresher mixed with water and one with rinse clear water.
WOCA Oil Refresher Natural is typically used for natural oiled and colour oiled floors, and WOCA Oil Refresher White for white oiled wood floors.
WOCA Oil Refresher combines efficient cleaning with re-oiling, as additional oil is penetrating into the wood forming a mat protective layer on the surface.