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SURFACE PREPARATION

1ST STEP
Sandpaper grit: very coarse to middle (P 40-80). Depending on the surface, start with either P 40 (for old finishes) or P 80 (for raw wood) sanding grit. Important: please do not skip steps in grit whilst sanding.
Tools: sandpaper or belt sander.

2ND STEP
Grit: middle (P 100). Tools: sandpaper or belt sander or a single or multiple disc machine.

3RD STEP
Fill cracks and holes: with Osmo wood filler (for up to 2 mm in depth).

4TH STEP
Grit: middle (P 100). Tools: sandpaper or sanding mesh or a single or multiple disc machine.

5TH STEP
Grit: fine (P 120). Tools: sandpaper or sanding mesh or a single or multiple disc machine.

WOOD FINISH APPLICATION


Finished surface in 2 days, 2 coats
  1. First coat on the raw, sanded wood approx. 35 ml/m2.
  2. Mistakes in the wet coating can be corrected up to 30 minutes after the first application.
  3. Drying time approx. 8-10 hours (normal climatic conditions, 72℉ /50 % rel. humidity). Lower temperatures and/or higher humidity can increase drying time. Allow for good ventilation.
  4. If desired, the dried finish can be smoothened with fine grain sandpaper (P400) or with a Scotchpad before applying the second coat.
  5. Second coat approx. 35 ml/m2.
  6. Drying time approx. 8-10 hours; see point 3.

DRY CLEANING

An oiled wooden floor repels dirt. In contrast to many other types of flooring, it does not charge up electro-statically 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 Opti-Set. The green mop is especially developed for dry cleaning.
  • Quick, quiet and economical: dry cleaning with the Dust-Mop.
  • Osmo Opti-Set contains a Mop with a Telescopic Handle, a Dust-Mop, a Micro-Mop Plush and an Active- Fibre Cloth.

REGULAR DAMP MOPPING

How often your wooden flooring has to be mopped depends on the amount of use. In private households, a weekly cleaning routine is normally enough, in restaurants and other high traffic areas you should mop daily.
  • Ideal for the quick and partial cleaning in between.
  • As an alternative, use the white Micro-Mop Plush from the Osmo Opti-Set.
  • A dash of Osmo Wash and Care in mop water removes everyday dirt and grime exceptionally, and thanks to the natural oils, it prevents the floor from drying out. Avoid using aggressive all-purpose cleaners.
  • NOTE: Only use a damp - not wet - mop! When required, dry afterwards.

INTENSIVE CLEANING AND REFRESHING

From time to time, your wooden flooring needs to be refreshed. In private households, refreshing is normally need- ed first after months. Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner is ideal for this. That way the protective oil-wax layer is regenerated and your floor retains that special shine. In high traffic areas of restaurants and shops, Osmo Maintenance Oil should be used. This was especially developed for this application. Here regular refreshing can be sensible. Cleaning intervals depend on the amount of use.
  • Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner cleans and regenerates in one step
  • Osmo Maintenance Oil regenerates without forming a layer, special for public spaces
  • For white oiled floors: Liquid Wax Cleaner or Maintenance Oil in White Transparent
  • For larger areas, we recommend the floor cleaning machine FloorXcenter.

MAINTAINING AND RE-OILING

Sometimes life can leave marks, even on optimally maintained wooden flooring. No problem. That is why for an oiled wooden floor, the protective surface can be renewed at any time, without needing to sand the old finish. This is a huge advantage compared to lacquered wooden surfaces.
  • Clean floors thoroughly beforehand.
  • Manual application: apply an extremely thin layer of Osmo Polyx®-Oil with the Floor Brush or with the Osmo Microfibre Roller.
  • Machine application: Osmo FloorXcenter for intensive cleaning and for applying Polyx®-Oils.
CAN I STAIN MY WOODEN FLOOR FOR A DIFFERENT COLOR?
Yes, with Osmo Polyx-Oil Tints and Wood Wax Finish. You can apply the finish easily by using a floor brush roller or a brush, and then allow it to work in for a few minutes and wipe away the excess with a cloth, along the wood grain. Allow the floor to dry overnight, ensuring that there is good ventilation and then apply one thin coat of Polyx-Oil to finish.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE THE SURFACE OF MY WOOD FLOOR?
The surface should be sanded along the wood grain and finished with 120 - 150 grit sandpaper. Care should be taken when removing all scratch marks.
WHAT HAPPENS IF PART OF MY FLOOR IS DAMAGED?
Unlike many of the traditional polyurethanes, damaged areas on floors treated with Osmo products can be sanded and re-treated with the same products without leaving any visible transitions.
CDO I NEED TO SAND BETWEEN COATS?
You should always assess the surface before applying the second coat, as sanding between coats may be necessary.
IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIAL TO WATCH OUT FOR WHEN TREATING HARDWOOD FLOORS?
Some hardwoods such as Jatoba and Merabau are dense and have a high content of ingredients, which reduces their capacity to absorb other finishes. Therefore we recommend treating woods such as these with Wood Wax Finish Clear Extra Thin or Osmo Polyx-Oil 2K Pure, which penetrate deeply into the pores of these wood species.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I APPLY TOO MUCH PRODUCT WHEN TREATING FLOOR?
If you have applied too much Polyx-Oil, the drying time will be extended considerably, If this happens, provide additional ventilation by opening windows and doors so that the product can dry naturally through oxidation. If damage occurs to the surface as a result, repair the surface as described above.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I APPLY TOO MUCH PRODUCT WHEN TREATING A FLOOR?
IF you have applied too little of the product, water spots may appear, the wood may dry out or appear dull. In such cases, please apply another thin coat of Osmo Polyx-Oil.
CAN I MIX OSMO COLOR TONES WITH EACH OTHER?
YES, the color tones of the respective product ranges can be mixed in any ratio. Osmo Wood Wax Finishes are mixable allowing for a larger color range.
HOW LONG DOES THE SURFACE TAKE TO DRY?
Most Osmo products dry within 8 - 10 hours. The surface dries through oxidation and absorption. Please ensure that there is sufficient ventilation for drying purposes.
WHEN CAN I WALK ON THE FLOOR AGAIN?
As a general rule, the floor can be used one day after the final coat is applied. However, you must make sure that the final coat is dry to the touch. The surface will take 14 days to cure completely. As a result, rugs should not be placed on the surface for 2 - 3 weeks.
DOES THE FLOOR NEED POLISHING ONCE THE TOP COAT OF OSMO POLYX-OIL HAS BEEN APPLIED?
No, at this stage no further floor treatment is necessary. However, the surface can be buffed with a single disc machine (white pad) once completely dry. If a higher level of gloss is desired, the floor can be treated after one day at the earliest with Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner and then polished.
HOW DO I MAINTAIN MY FLOOR?
This all depends on how much it is used. For regular, protective cleaning, we recommend adding Osmo Wash and Care to mop water. Osmo Opti-Set and Spray-Mop have proven to be invaluable tools in maintaining floors. If the floor starts to look dull and lifeless, simply refresh it using Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner. This can be done in small areas, e.g. near doors or on high traffic areas, without needing to refresh the whole floor area as our products do not leave any visible transitions. If the sign of wear and tear are more substantial, the floor should be re-treated with Osmo Polyx-Oil.
WHY DOES THE FINISH LOOK DIFFERENT ON THE CAN?
Depending on the wood species they are applied on, finishes can appear differently in color tone. This tone does not have to match the sticker in the can. We recommend applying a small trial application on a similar piece of wood to test for desired results.
HOW SHOULD THE WOOD SURFACE BE PREPARED BEFORE USING OSMO COLOR?
The surface must be clean, dry (max. 20% moisture content) and frost-free.
WHAT DOES WOOD TREATED WITH OSMO PRODUCTS SMELL LIKE?
After drying, your wood flooring will have a slight smell of wood and natural oils and waxes. As a solvent, we use de-aromatized white spirit, which is less harmful to the health than so-called "Eco" solvents, such as citrus oils. The solvent dissipates 100% after drying and curing.
DO OSMO PRODUCTS CONTAIN HARMFUL SUBSTANCES?
Osmo products are based on carefully purified natural oils and waxes, dried surfaces are safe for people, animals and plants (suitable for children's toys as according to EN 71.3 and saliva-resistant and sweat proof as according to DIN 53160).
NOTE FOR USING POLYX-OILS
Cloth and material soaked with the liquid product should either be washed aout immediately or stored in an airtight metal container (Danger of self ignition!).
 

Contact Ivy Hill Supply/Osmo via email at: dkirby@ivyhillsupply.com

For Sales: 1.888.487.8054
For Technical Support: 1.888.487.8054

1950 6th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134 USA

Osmo Holz und Color is accredited according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 (quality management system) and DIN 14001 (environmental management system).

In compliance with demands of EURO NORM standard specifications EN 13 and EN 162. Suitable for Children's toys EN71.3, DN 53 1660.