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Floor maintenance made easy:
With the right care and attention, timber coated with an OSMO product will keep its natural beauty and elasticity for decades. If wooden and cork surfaces are treated with OSMO products, they are automatically water and dirt resistant. For easy maintenance, OSMO have developed an “Opti-Set” which is a 4 piece cleaning set for maintaining floors finished with OSMO products. For everyday cleaning, the Opti-Set dust mop, or a soft broom or vacuum cleaner is all that is needed. To remove light stains, the floor can be mopped using the Opti-Set floor mop, or any well wrung damp floor mop.
We recommend using a plant based liquid soap diluted in water. Plant based soaps will help to feed the floor, whereas a chemical based soap may strip the finish with frequent mopping over time. An ideal product to use is OSMO’s Wash and Care, which is available in 1 and 5 litre containers. Stubborn stains can easily be removed using OSMO Liquid Wax Cleaner, which is available in a 1 litre can. It is designed to be used neat. Just apply sparingly, direct to the stain, and rub the area using a cloth, a fine white scotchbrite pad or fine grade steel wool. If the floor starts to look bit lifeless in some areas, it can be revitalized with OSMO’s Liquid Wax Cleaner. This includes areas around doorways, passageways and other high foot traffic areas. Apply direct to the floor and buff using the Opti-Set active fibre mop, or a soft cloth. For large areas, a floor polishing machine such as OSMO’s FloorXcentre with a lambswool pad is recommended. For badly worn areas, the floor should be given a new treatment with the OSMO product used on your floor. The floor should be cleaned and left to dry overnight, before applying a thin coat of OSMO. Follow instructions on the application guide if necessary. Allow to dry overnight. If a specific area is being treated, rather than the whole floor, it may be prudent to polish the floor after re-oiling, with Liquid Wax Cleaner to obtain an even sheen level. For surfaces finished with products other than OSMO, we recommend you refer to that product’s recoating guide.

Application of OSMO Polyx Oil to a timber floor

Polyx oil is available in a matt or satin finish. Application for both is identical. The finish is clear. Full preparation and application instructions are on the can's label.

Polyx Oil is very easy to apply. The oil is designed to be used straight from the can. No thinning is required. The recommended applicator is a good quality bristle brush. The use of a roller is not recommended except by professional flooring contractors.

  • Ensure preparation has been carried out and the floor is dry and clean of sawdust.
  • Apply the first coat very thinly and evenly along the timber's grain. Allow the oil to dry 10-12 hours (or overnight), ensuring good ventillation.
  • Once the first coat is dry to the touch, apply a second coat in a similar manner. It is not necessary to sand between coats.
  • Further coats of oil are not generally necessary. The exception would be very soft timbers such as cedar, or cork.
  • If brush marks are visible in the finish, and you wish to remove them, the timber can be buffed 2-3 days after the second coat has dried. Use a floor polishing machine with a white pad and OSMO's Liquid Wax Cleaner.
  • Treat the floor with respect for the first few weeks as the finish continues to harden for up to 28 days. Avoid dragging furniture over the surface - rather lift and place items. The use of felt or nylon glides on contact points is recommended.