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HINTS AND TIPS

 


Protect the wood naturally. Inside and out.

Natural ingredients, natural protection and natural appearance. It's second nature with Osmo.

 

ENHANCING THE NATURAL CHARACTER

with Polyx®-Oil

The wood's true beauty is accomplished by using one of the clear Polyx®-Oils from Osmo. The emphasis on the wood's grain and natural characteristics provides a warm and rich effect to ensure that any interior looks luxurious and elegant. Each wood has its own style and unique charm, and is seductive from the first sight. 

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RETAINING THE LIGHT CHARACTER

with Polyx®-Oil Raw

Untreated wood in its original form has a light, pale character from its natural 'raw' appearance. Wood that has been sanded also has the same effect. Osmo Polyx®-Oil 3044 Raw is designed to retain this appearance by using a small amount of white pigments to neutralise the permanent 'wet-look' that develops after application of a clear finish.

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NATURAL APPEARANCE WITHOUT GREYING

with UV-Protection Oil

Exterior wood turns grey over time when exposed to the UV rays from the sun. Osmo UV-Protection Oils prolong this greying process significantly, whilst retaining the natural appearance of the wood. The wood is able to breathe and therefore won't crack, flake, peel or blister.

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Colour and protection. The perfect combination.

Our wood specialists have put together a beautiful collection of colours to help you create your perfect home.
 

TINTS

     


Light pigmentation adds a beautiful and harmonious shade.

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TRANSPARENT

     


Transparency complements the wood's natural character.

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INTENSIVE

     


Bright, vivid colours suitable for children's toys.

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3040 WHITE

Apply Polyx®-Oil Tints 3040 White as the first coat followed by a clear coat of Polyx®-Oil for a white-washed or liming effect.

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3111 WHITE

Apply Wood Wax Finish 3111 White as the first coat followed by a top coat of Polyx®-Oil Tints 3040 White for a transparent white look.

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3188 SNOW

Apply one coat for a transparency (showing the wood's character) or two coats for opacity (hiding the wood's character).

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BRUSH APPLICATION

with Natural Bristle Brushes

Made with 100% natural bristles with soft tips which gives fine control in achieving the desired effect. Make short work of large areas with exceptional coverage capacities to produce professional looking results every time. With a high quality frame and robust backing plate, simply attach the extendable Osmo Telescopic Handle for applying in comfort. Ensure surface is clean and dry and apply thinly and evenly along the wood grain for perfect results.

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ROLLER APPLICATION

with Microfibre Rollers

Made with microfibres to ensure you get the best possible coverage allowing you to apply thinly and evenly. Surface must be clean and dry, apply along the wood grain and spread well. For first application, two coats is recommended onto a clean and dry surface. For re-application, just one coat is sufficient.

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CLOTH APPLICATION

Apply thinly with a clean lint-free cloth onto a clean, dry and smooth surface. Work it in slight circular motions along the grain. Once you've wiped on a thin layer, use a dry cloth and wipe off in the direction of the grain to avoid streaks. The first coat absorbs quickly, usually you can put a second coat on within approx. 4 hrs. We recommend 3-4 coats to provide a high quality finish with maximum protection. Once finished, be careful with the cloth used as the product can spontaneously combust on a cloth if it's scrunched up and left open to the atmosphere. If reusing the cloth, simply place into a sealed container for up to a couple of days. If not, lay the cloth out flat and leave it to dry completely before disposing.

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PROFESSIONAL APPLICATION

with FloorXcenter

Always ensure that you are using a product suitable for this type of application prior to use. Spread evenly with a wide scraper and wait approx 30-60 mins whilst the oil penetrates the wood surface. Massage into the surface using a single disc machine with a green pad. Immediately after, apply a second coat using the the same method, applying onto the "wet" surface. Using a white pad, spread the finish evenly across the surface area. If buffing machine starts to leave streaks because of over-application, we recommend trurning the pad over or replacing it.

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EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR TOOLS

Keep them fresh for best results

Brushes and rollers should be cleaned with Osmo Brush Cleaner and then rinsed with warm water. Cleaning oils out of the fibres and bristles uses a substantial amount of water or solvent. To reuse the brush or roller again for the same job then an alternative to washing is to place them in an airtight plastic bag, applying masking tape around the handle to keep the air out. This will keep it supple over-night. Once you have finished using the roller, clean with Osmo Brush Cleaner and then rinse with warm water. Shake off excess water and wrap in a piece of clean paper towel and secure with masking tape. Brushes should be stored flat. Standing brushes on their ends will bend the bristles and spoil them. Rollers should be stored hanging up to avoid crushing the fibres.


WASHING YOUR HANDS

'Handy' tip to save time

No matter how careful you are there is likely to be some oil left on your hands after application of a product, especially when cleaning up your tools and accessories. Unless you are wearing gloves, of course. We find that the best way of cleaning your hands is to first use vegetable oil which will quicky remove the oil from your skin. Removing the vegetable oil can be done with ordinary dish soap. Alternatively, we recommend rinsing with warm water and soap or for minor cleaning, use Osmo 'Easy Clean' hand cleansing wipes.


KEEPING YOUR MOPS CLEAN IS JUST AS EASY

And just as important as keeping your floor clean

One advantage of microfibre mops over cotton counterparts is how easy they are to clean. They simply get thrown in the washing machine. Wash dust and wet microfibre mop heads with a gentle detergent in hot water. They should never be washed with bleach or fabric softener. Microfibre mop heads should also be rinsed before going into the dryer. End users should treat microfibre similar to their delicate clothes at home and dry on low heat. Temperatures above 140 degrees and dryer sheets can damage the fibres.


REPAIR SCRATCHES

Even on a perfectly clean floor, life will eventually leave traces. This is not a problem because Osmo Polyx®-Oils can be applied layer upon layer over the years, which is a huge advantage over varnishes; which need to be sanded and re-applied during renovation and repairs.

Small scratches: apply a small amount of oil (5ml sachets are perfect for this) onto the damaged area, and rub with a scotch pad or cloth. Leave for a minute or so, and wipe any excess off with a dry cloth.

Deep scratches: simply cordon off the damaged board/plank(s) of wood, and sand to remove the bulk of the scratch using possibly an 80g, depending on the extent of the scratch. Finish with 120g and re-apply Polyx®-Oil. It is important to apply two coats when sanding back to the bare wood surface.

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REMOVE WATER MARKS

Osmo Polyx®-Oil and TopOil are microporous hardwax-oils with extremely high water resistance. The finish is proven against wine, beer, cola, coffee, tea, fruit juices, milk and water. These types of liquid spillages will tightly bead on the surface without leaving any permanent marks, simply clean by wiping with a dry cloth. However, if these types of liquids are allowed to sit on the surface for prolonged lengths of time (more than approx. 15 hours) without cleaning, then marking can appear. Remove by partial sanding and re-applying the finish.

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PEELING, BLISTERING, FLAKING AND CRACKING

Wood is a natural material that expands and contracts as it releases and absorbs moisture. All Osmo products are natural oil based which allow the wood to breathe. As the oil penetrates into the surface of the timber, it doesn't form a surface coating and so will not crack, peel, flake or blister. Moisture can escape but cannot be absorbed. Osmo finishes penetrate deep into the grain aiding the natural elasticity of the wood and helping to reduce shrinkage and swelling. Varnishes and lacquers form a film on the surface which will eventually flake and crack on the surface. Sanding is essential to rectify such issues, you will find that this is not an issue that occurs with wood protected with Osmo.

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BLACKENING OF EXTERIOR OAK

Oak has a high natural tannic acid content which causes the timber to turn black when exposed to moisture containing trace amounts of iron. As a result external oak requires more frequent care and maintenance than most other species, particularly in its first couple of years of exposure to the elements, to maintain its decorative appearance. When water penetrates oak it reacts with the tannins within the oak, resulting in ‘blackening’. The levels of rain, wind and sun will make a difference as to how quickly the oak changes its appearance. Regular washing with a fungicidal wash, will help to remove surface contaminants. At the same time we recommend all external joints, gaps and end grain to be inspected and any defects repaired.

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Care for your wooden floor.

Wooden flooring feels warm, is hard-wearing and low-maintenance. To retain these exceptional properties of natural wood for a long time, wooden flooring is preferably treated with Polyx®-Oil from Osmo. Polyx®-Oils repel dirt and protect wood permanently. At the same time, they allow the wood to breathe and feel great. A further advantage: maintenance is simple. With very little effort, you can maintain your wooden flooring over generations. If necessary, you can even re-oil and partially renovate flooring without sanding.

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Use mats at the outside of entrance doors to prevent unwanted dirt and grit being carried on your boots and shoes. In addition to this, it is no harm using interior door mats for the same purpose, you might even want to consider a built in matwell at your main entrance.
  • Dry clean with the green Dust-Mop from the Osmo Opti-Set on a regular basis to prevent the build up of any dust or lint on the surface of the floor.
  • Damp clean with Osmo Spray-Mop which makes it really easy. The cleaning concentrate (Spray-Fix) effectively removes dirt without wear of treatment.
  • Be cautious when moving heavy objects such as electrical appliances and furniture. Always make sure you lift and never push or drag. If you cannot lift, slide a blanket or carpet under the objects to prevent scratching and gouging.
  • Use floor protectors on the legs of furniture to avoid scraping or scratching. If your furniture has floor casters make sure that they are of the wide variety. If they are of the narrow metal variety, there are special plastic and velvet cups that can be used underneath.
  • Be quick to wipe up water, wine, coffee and other spillages when accidents happen. Pets can sometimes have accidents too and if for example you are house training a puppy, do not allow him to do his business on the floor - if you have such an occurrence, clean it up immediately!

WHAT NOT TO DO

  • Don't allow any water or liquids to sit on the floor for prolonged lengths of time. Even when cleaning only use a slightly damp mop, sponge or cloth.
  • Don't allow stiletto heels, spiked shoes such as golf shoes or football boots, or any foot wear with steel tips onto your floor as they will most definitely damage it.
  • Don't use all-purpose cleaning products that may contain bleach, chlorine, ammonia or any powder type abrasive cleaners.
  • Don't use any spray polishes or furniture wax as they will only make your floor slippy and build up excess on the surface of the wood which can pick up dirt and grit easily.
  • Don't steam clean the floor because the moisture may seep in between the gaps of the wood and cause it to warp.

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Questions relating to care and maintenance are answered in our FAQ or you can read our Floor Care guide for further information.

FAQ Floor Care