Cleaning and Maintenance.
To preserve the excellent characteristics of the natural wood, it should be finished with Osmo Polyx®-Oil, this makes the floor both dirt-repellent and protects the wood for the long term. Polyx®-Oils not only accentuate the natural beauty of the wood and feel great to the touch but also allows the wood to breathe.
Additionally, the surface becomes easy to maintain: with minimal effort you can keep your floor looking great for generations to come.
Step By Step Floor Care.
Step 1: Dusting
An oiled wooden floor repels dirt. Unlike many other types of flooring, it does not develop an electrostatic charge and does not offer breeding grounds for microbes and allergens.
Dust, lint or animal hair can be removed with a vacuum cleaner or broom. Cleaning is even easier with the Osmo Cleaning Kit for Floors. The green Dust-Mop from this set was especially developed for dry mopping to remove dust and loose dirt.
Step 2: Regular Mopping
Damp mop with Osmo Wash and Care or Osmo Spray- Mop. The frequency depends on the level of traffic. For private households, once a week is normally enough.
For restaurants and other high traffic areas, you should mop daily.
Step 3: Intensive Cleaning & Refreshing
From time to time, your wooden flooring can look tired, this means it needs refreshing. For private households, generally this is first necessary after some months. Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner regenerates the protective oil-wax layer and your floor retains its special shine.
For high traffic and public areas such as restaurants and shops, Maintenance Oil should be used every other month or more depending on the amount of use.
Step 4: Re-Oiling
The protective surface can be renewed when the floor starts to show signs of wear. This can be done without needing to sand the old finish. This is a huge advantage over lacquered wooden surfaces.
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.