The information set out
below in respect to the application of LIVOS oils and safety
information in the use of the oils is based on many years of
applying these oils on various timbers in commercial and domestic
locations. If these instructions and suggestions are followed
you should have a quality floor finish. However no responsibility
can be accepted where we have not supervised or applied the oils.
By following some recommendations, the life of your low maintenance
floor and/or furniture is prolonged.
PREPARATION: Timber should be sanded to 150 to 220
grit. (Furniture may be sanded to finer grit). The timber should
never show sanding marks. Remove all dust thoroughly using a vacuum
cleaner. Ensure no marks are left on the floor.
OILING: For application you will need a paint
brush,approx 100 mm wide, and a wide floor applicator
(preferably lambswool), roller or foam sponge applicator. Large
absorbent lint-free cleaning rags for moping up the excess oil.
These may be cut to fit under pad of your typical Polyvac
machine. Smaller clean rags to dry the perimeter of the room.
1st Coat/Application: Stir well. Using the
paintbrush work the oil carefully along the skirting boards and
doorframes. Using the applicator saturate the wood with the
oil. There must be a wet oil film on the surface for at least
10 minutes. If oil is absorbed earlier, apply more oil.
Take care not to splash the oil as this could leave
permanent marks on stones, walls or skirting boards.
After 15-20 minutes of saturation time (depending on temperature
and humidity), remove excess oil from the timber. This is vitally
important as the oil requires oxygen to commence the hardening
Dry around edges with clean absorbent rags ensuring that the
timber is touch dry. (Do not forget to dry the skirting boards if
oiling was not done carefully. If not dried now, it will dry and
mark the boards which only sanding or painting will remove). Take
care where you tread with oil soaked socks or shoes as permanent
marks may be left on other surfaces.
For large areas, use the large rags underneath a pad under the
buffer, work across the floor making sure all excess oil is dried
off. For small areas it may be easier to work without a
machine. Make sure that there is no oil left on the floor or
possible footprints. Check floor to ensure it has an even
appearance. Allow drying in good light conditions with ventilation
It is recommended to work above 15 degrees Celsius, and avoid
oiling floors during very cold and humid weather.
2nd Coat/Application: Stir well. The next day the
second oil coat can be applied, thinly. There is no need for
sanding in-between coats. Repeat steps for 1st
coat. Less oil will be used than for previous coat. Leave the oil
approx. 15 minutes to saturate before removing excess as above.
If left too long it may start to become tacky. If this
happens, work in some more oil to dissolve it again and wipe off.
3rd Coat/Application: Stir well. On the third day
apply a very thin coat to the floor as above. Do not use more than
a tablespoon per m2. Remove excess as above.
Maintenance: Follow our instructions for Care and
Maintenance of Timber Floors.
IMPORTANT: THE FINISHED FLOOR MUST NOT HAVE A THICK
LAYER OF OIL ON TOP OF THE TIMBER. THE OILS WILL IMPREGNATE THE
TIMBER AND SEAL FROM WITHIN, AND NOT BY CREATING A THICK LAYER ON
TOP OF THE TIMBER.
Safety Information: Always be sure to store
cleaning rags, sponges, carpet remnants, etc. that are still wet or
even slightly moist with Livos oils in an airtight metal container
or in water, as there is a danger of spontaneous combustion caused
by the linseed oil in the product. The product alone will not
undergo spontaneous combustion.
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