Whenever restoring your hard wax oiled wooden floor, it is always important to consult the hard wax oil manufacturer’s instructions / directions beforehand. This is because the general process may differ. The next thing is to identify the level of damage / wear i.e. whether the whole area of your floor needs refinishing or just a small isolated patch.
- For isolated patches of a hard wax oiled floor, you can spot repair the area without the need to re-coat your entire floor
- If the area has severe marks or stains, these will need to be removed by using a fine grade sand paper and sanding down the affected patch in the direction of the grain of the timber, until the marks / wear have been removed and the bare timber is exposed.
- If the area just displays wear from traffic,the beauty of hard wax oil finishes means you can skip the second step as there is no need to sand down the timber to bare wood but to give it a thorough hoover and clean and then to apply a maintenance oil instead.
The directions below are for Morrells Induro Oil Reviver which is recommended for use in conjunction with floors finished with Morrells Induro Xl Oils to revitalise the appearance of flooring damaged by scratch and scuff marks.
- For best results it is advisable to lightly de-nib the flooring with a Red Scotchbrite,
- then wipe clean using Cleanse prior to the application of the Oil Reviver, this should be left for 1 hour before buffing.
- Alternatively the Oil Reviver can be applied direct to the flooring without abrading.
Another easy method to abrade / de-nib the floor is to use fine grade sandpaper always working in the direction of the grain of the timber. One easy method of de-nibbing / abarading is cut sandpaper to size and wrap around / attach to the sucking end/ head of a cylinder vacuum cleaner and pierce holes in the sandpaper, then lightly hoover in the direction of the grain of the timber (following the length of the floorboards).
- Once the marks have been sanded back (if required), make sure that any dust and dirt particles are completely removed.
- With the marks now removed and the area dust and dirt free, the original product can now be reapplied over the affected area /s. The oil should be applied with a lint free cloth. Simply dab the cloth with a small amount of the hard wax oil and wipe the oil into the area/s needed. Do this until the area /s has been covered.
- Leave to soak in for a few minutes then wipe off any excess product using a fresh cloth.
- Leave the oil for the manufacturer’s prescribed amount of drying time, (generally 6-8 hrs) if required a further coat can be applied.
This straightforward ability to restore and repair small areas of your floor finish, is one of the great benefits of finishing your wood floor using a hard wax oil.
For larger, room sized restoration the same process can be followed. The flooring can be sanded back where required, and the hard wax oil reapplied.
The video below illustrates the process above using Osmo Polyx (Hardwax) Oil.