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Caring for Your Oil Finished End Grain Floor

After-Care Maintenance Program

     

This END GRAIN Maintenance program for OIL Finished flooring is meant to use as little water as possible to prevent expansion of the flooring. 


PLEASE DO NOT WET MOP FLOORS AS HEAVY WATER EXPOSURE CAN DAMAGE THE FLOORING.


The best way to care for your Oil finished END GRAIN floor is to prevent buildup of dust and dirt. Clean spills as they occur with a CLEAN dry cloth or use WOCA NATURAL SOAP SPRAY to spot treat spills. 


PLEASE USE ONLY WOCA CARE & MAINTENANCE PRODUCTS. Use of other manufacturer’s products can be problematic.


WOCA NATURAL SOAP & WOCA REFRESH OIL SPRAY are both available in White or Natural. Please order according to your finish color. Please ONLY use in Spray Bottle application.


The scheduling of your WOCA COMMERCIAL CLEANING OIL machine buff cleaning is determined by the extent of foot traffic and food spills in your space. High traffic commercial spaces may benefit from more frequent buff cleaning. For standard residential care or very light commercial office space use typically schedule a buff cleaning at 18, or even 24 months from the initial finish. 


The beauty of an Oil Finished floor is that is can be revitalized or refinished without re-sanding. If your floor has NOT been regularly cared for with the appropriate WOCA Soap Spray or WOCA Refresh Spray, it will benefit from a machine buff cleaning with WOCA Commercial Cleaning Oil.


WOCA COMMERCIAL CLEANING OIL cleans the floor without using water. It keeps the floor properly saturated with oil helping to keep dirt on the surface instead of allowing it to settle into the wood grain. Sections can be done at regular intervals. With proper ventilation & application, work can be done in the evening and walked on in the morning.


WOCA Commercial Cleaning Oil Method:


TOOLS:Slow Speed Buffer, WOCA Commercial Cleaning Oil, Red or White buff pads, WOCA polishing cloths and clean terry cloth towels.

WORKING METHOD:Spray WOCA Cleaning oil on small surface area, wet buff the cleaning oil into the floor. Do not let a sprayed area rest for more than one hour, work in small sections. A 2nd buffer, with a WOCA Polishing cloth wrapped around a clean white pad could be used to remove the excess oil from the floor. A two-person crew should complete approximately 700 sf per hour. 

DRYING TIME: A final dry polish is recommended to remove any remaining WOCA Commercial Cleaning Oil. Any latent greasiness on the floor will attract dust, dirt and show footprints. If you are not sure if you’ve buffed enough, buff off ONE MORE TIME with a clean terry towel wrapped under buffing pad, this will also insure appropriate dry time. With appropriate ventilation, most floors can be walked on after 4-6 hours, preferred dry time is 8-12 hours.


WARNING: Rags, pads or waste soaked with WOCA OIL may self-ignite if improperly discarded. Immediately after use, place all rags and waste in a sealed, water filled bucket for proper disposal.


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After-Care Maintenance Schedule

DAILY/WEEKLY

SWEEP and/or Gently Vacuum


REGULARLY APPLY WOCA Natural Soap Spray, wipe dry.


-Use of microfiber “Mist Mop” style sweeper is acceptable.

-Do not use vacuum with beater bar running. Backpack vacuums are excellent.

-Spray WOCA Natural Soap Spray MORE FREQUENTLY in HIGH traffic areas to remove dust & dirt.

-Wipe Up all spills & water immediately.


SPOT TREATMENTS

Apply WOCA Natural Soap Spray

- Spray affected area and wipe dry immediately.


MONTHLY/QUARTERLY Apply WOCA REFRESH SPRAY

- Spray WOCA Refresh Spray in high traffic areas, wipe dry immediately. Use IN PLACE of the Natural Soap Spray for this cleaning.


ANNUAL/BI-ANNUAL

Use WOCA COMMERCIAL CLEANING OIL

This product requires use of a slow speed buffer, buffing pads and cotton, terry towels or polishing cloths


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Problems & Solutions

Problem Prevention = Proper Maintenance.

 

Prevent Problems


Proper maintenance is essential to keep wood floors looking beautiful and performing well for the lifetime of the floor. It will enhance the performance of the floor, will prolong the lifetime of the floor, will promote long-term sustainability of raw materials, and ultimately, will protect your investment.


Routine cleaning involves sweeping, dust mopping, or vacuuming using the bare floor setting to remove dust and dirt. Clean spills immediately with a dry or slightly damp cloth. Don’t use wet mops or steam mops, which will damage the finish and the wood over long periods of time.


It’s best to use a cleaner made specifically for the finish on the floor, which is something your flooring professional can provide or recommend to you when the job is completed.


Over time, when your wood floors start to look a little dull, they can be renewed through recoating. This involves applying a new coat of wood floor finish. To keep wood floors looking and performing well for generations, follow our recommended guidelines. Individual maintenance schedules will vary depending on use, wear and tear, and lifestyle.


This information has been provided by the NWFA - woodfloors.org

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Preventative Maintenance

 

MOISTURE MANAGEMENT


Wood is an organic material that reacts to its environment. In humid environments, wood gains moisture and can swell. In dry environments, wood loses moisture and can shrink. If the environment in which your wood floors are installed changes drastically, it can cause changes in your floors and the way they perform.


If your floors gain moisture, they can cup. Cupping occurs across the width of the floorboard, with edges that are raised on each board and centers that are lower than the edges. If your floors lose moisture, they can gap or split. This can occur between floorboards or on the face of the boards. Gaps and splits can vary in size and are considered to be normal if they appear and disappear during normal seasonal changes. If the gaps in your floors are large or do not close during more-humid months, it’s time to call a professional.


Both of these issues can be minimized by keeping your home between 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and between 30-50 percent humidity, year-round.


SCRATCH PREVENTION


To avoid scratches, use floor protector pads on the bottoms of the legs of any furniture that comes in direct contact with your floors.


Avoid walking on floors with sports cleats or high-heeled shoes. But even if, despite your best efforts, the floor becomes a toy car racetrack or tap dance floor, minor damages can be repaired.


Touch-up markers, stain pens, and furniture repair kits come in handy when touching up minor surface scratches. A professional can help with bigger repairs.


 This information has been provided by the NWFA - woodfloors.org 

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