CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
OILED HARDWOOD FLOORS
This instruction describes how to conduct cleaning and maintenance of Junckers oiled hardwood floors. A solid hardwood floor from Junckers is delivered prefinished and is with few exceptions ready to use right after installation.
Hardwood floors subject to frequent cleaning:
In high traffic areas e.g., restaurants or hotel lobbies, which may be subjected to high levels of spillage and where very frequent cleaning will be needed the floor may be given a coat of Junckers Rustic TopOil right after installation.
Black Oak hardwood floors
Black Oak prefinished with clear oil should always be protected with Junckers Rustic TopOil, clear right after installation. The oil hides minor scratches, which may be more visible on dark wood species.
Black-oiled hardwood floors
Black-oiled floors should always be protected with Junckers Rustic TopOil, black before use. The oil hides minor scratches, which may be more visible on floors supplied with black oil.
Regular cleaning and maintenance ensure a long lifespan of the floor
Keeping your oiled Junckers floor clean will retain its natural beauty and will ensure that you have a floor which will last for generations. The lifespan of the oil depends heavily upon the frequency and standard of cleaning and maintenance.
The floor must be regularly swept and vacuumed, and when necessary wiped with a well wrung out mop or cloth. For larger floors a scrubber dryer machine can be used.
To help removal of dirt from the surface a solution of Junckers SylvaCleaner can be added to the cleaning water or the scrubber dryer. Find more information under the section "Further information".
When to clean a newly oiled wooden floor
Floors which have recently been reoiled must not be cleaned for at least 72 hours after reoiling.
Use of Water - Important
Always use as little water as possible for cleaning.
Use a well wrung out mop or cloth and remove excess water immediately.
Any water spillage must be wiped up straight away so as to avoid water damage.
MAINTENANCE OF OILED FLOORS
If the floor needs to be revitalised then Junckers Rustic TopOil is recommended. Junckers Rustic TopOil is a quick-drying maintenance oil that will revive a dull looking surface and protect the floor. Find more information under the section "Further information".
Floors regularly maintained with Junckers Rustic TopOil can be spot repaired with same product in walking lanes and other areas with high traffic.
When not to use Rustic TopOil
Junckers Rustic TopOil cannot be used if any of the existing oil is worn through to bare wood. In this case the floor must be sanded and reoiled with Junckers Rustic Oil. Find more information under the section "Further information".
PROTECTION OF THE FLOOR IN USE
Protect the floor from scratches and scuffs by fitting felt pads to furniture legs. Please note that felt pads will eventually wear out and will need to be replaced periodically. Wear and tear from office chairs etc can be reduced by use of purpose made plastic mats.
A good quality barrier mat is a very effective way to keep dirt, water and grit off the floor. Mats must be of sufficient size and the correct type to suit the type of building and number of users.
Remove any spillage and stains as soon as possible. Dried out stains are often more difficult to remove than fresh ones.
- Fruit juice, milk, cream, tea, soft drinks, beer, wine, coffee; Remove with Junckers SylvaCleaner.
- Chocolate, grease, oil, shoe polish, scuffs marks from shoes; Remove with Junckers SylvaCleaner or white spirit.
- Ink, lipstick; Remove with Junckers SylvaCleaner or methylated spirit.
- Blood; Remove with cold water
PREVENTION OF SLIPS AND TRIPS
A properly maintained and installed Junckers floor will have good slip resistance, however any spillage will make the floor more slippery and increase the likelihood of accidents. Always wipe up spillage straight away.
TEMPORARY PROTECTION OF THE FLOOR
Point Loads; eg legs, static wheels.
In order to prevent damage to the floor it may be necessary to use pressure distributing plywood or metal plates to spread the load.
The flat side of the plywood or metal plate must be placed against floor surface.
By risk of spillage of liquids, it is recommended to place a waterproof covering on top of the plywood or metal plate.
For specific advice on protection contact Junckers technical department.
Ordinary covering of the Floor
Use a breathable covering where possible, eg, cardboard, ply, hardboard etc. If protection from extensive spillage is needed a waterproof covering may be used eg polythene.
Ensure that the covering is laid flat and that there are no creases or seams that may cause indentations to the floor under load. Ensure also that the covering does not have printing or anything similar which may transfer to the surface of the floor. For floors with under floor heating use only a breathable covering and the thinnest type possible so as to prevent the floor from over heating.
F 2.1 - Junckers Rustic Oil, Clear & Colour
F 2.7 – Junckers Rustic TopOil
F 10.2 – Junckers SylvaCleaner