Oiling your Wood Flooring

Finishing your wood flooring has never been easier with Osmo's range of superb polyx oils. Known throughout the trade as "hardwax" oil, this mixture of natural oils and waxes soaks into the timber, forming a protective and heardwearing surface.

Osmo Polyx Hardwax Oil

Hardwax oil is easy to apply, it is microporous and does not crack, flake, peel or blister. Following a few simple steps will ensure a beautiful, long-lasting and hardwearing finish.

Antique Wave Solid Oak Flooring finished with hardwax oil

Surface preparation
Prior to finishing the floor, knots, splits and fixing holes can be filled with a mixture of resin and fine sawdust. We recommend Lecol Voegenkit 7500 or Metolux Black Oak Wood Filler.

Lecol Filler Resin 7500

Surplus filler and any marks can then be sanded down with a 120 - 150 grit sand paper. The floor should then be cleaned of all dust and dirt. A final wipe with a cloth, lightly dampened with white spirit, should remove all traces of dust.

Applying hardwax oil
To apply, the hardwax should be mixed thoroughly and then a small puddle poured in the far corner of the room. This should be brushed well into the floor so that no surface residue is left. Ideally this should be done with the proprietary Osmo floor brush. Continue until the whole floor is evenly covered, ensuring that there is no surplus residue. Once fully coated leave the floor for approximately 8-10 hours (or overnight) until fully dry, then re-coat in the same manner.

After two coats the floor should be fully finished. It will take a further 7-10 days for the hardwax oil to fully harden and cure. During this time treat the floor carefully, remove shoes and, if possible, keep traffic to a minimum. If you wish to replace your furniture, lift and place, rather than dragging across the floor. Always place protective felt pads under furniture legs to protect the surface of the floor.

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For further advice on fitting and finishing your wood flooring call us on 01535 637755 or follow the link to download our free Hardwood Floor Fitting and Maintenance Guide.

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