Everything you need to colour and maintain your timber floor in one box! Developed over more than twenty years, our tree resin based penetrating oils protect and harden timber from within. Your timber is allowed to breathe … a hard wearing, water resistant, imbedded protective surface is established: which will be further enhanced by Natural House MicroWax and MicroClean maintenance products. For previously oiled and/or fresh sanded floors a light pole sand and vacuum clean is all you require before application. Everything you need is in this one box to easily create a beautiful, coloured floor.
Step one – Preparation: 17-22 deg C is the target temperature. The objective is to maintain a constant room temperature with good airflow. The surface must be dry, clean and free of grease. Timber moisture content should be no more than 14%. Lightly sand the floor in the direction of the grain using the Pole & Sander Head with the 120 grit screens supplied. It is imperative that Java Oils can penetrate and bond into the surface of the timber. IMPORTANT: do not burnish the surface of the timber by trying to achieve a very fine sand! If filling knots or small cracks use a water based Wood Filler, applying sparingly as per manufacturer instruction (black is usually best). Sand and remove dust before coating.
Step two – Vacuum: Special care should be taken to remove any dust from the pores of the timber. Vacuum the floor area thoroughly to remove dust and dirt.
Step three – Apply Java High Solid Colour: Mix the colour by shaking or tipping the container to ensure it is thoroughly mixed. Application temperature should be between 17-22 degC. Attach the Lamb’s Wool Applicator to the collapsible extension pole provided. Pour the colour into the paint tray and lightly dip the applicator into the colour. Dab the applicator evenly on the tray spreader to remove excess. To apply, wipe the applicator onto the floor, work across the grain to massage the colour into the timber. Continue working with the grain without adding more stain, until the appearance is even. Wipe back the excess stain using the second clean applicator pad (or cotton cloth). Wipe in the direction of the grain until the colour is even and there are no visible application marks. Work in manageable areas of approx 4 sqm blending as you go. If you apply too much stain, wipe the applicator on a cotton cloth and wipe the floor area back to an even finish with a cotton cloth or towel. Edges and corners should be wiped back as you go. Leave to dry, with good ventilation. IMPORTANT: It is important to leave this coat for 48 hours to thoroughly dry & cure.
Step four – Apply the first Top Coat of Java High Solid Clear: The second application should be a fine coat of Java High Solid Clear, on top of the colour. Thin layers dry and cure more efficiently, ensuring a tougher finish. Be careful to prevent build up along edges. Mix the oil by shaking or tipping the container to allow the oil to mix thoroughly and ensure non separation. Pour the Java High Solid Oil into the clean roller tray. Application temperature should be between 17-22 degC. Use the 50mm brush to neatly apply the oil to areas where the floor meets walls or door frames before rolling. Using the 6mm microfibre roller, roll sparingly and evenly onto the timber in the direction of the grain. Leave for 12-24 hours to dry, with good ventilation.
Step five – Apply final top coat of Java High Solid: Apply the second top coat as the first. Leave for 12-24 hours to dry, with good ventilation. WARNING: SPREAD, OIL SOAKED TOWELS AND CLOTHS OUTSIDE TO DRY. DO NOT LEAVE IN A CRUMPLED STATE OR SELF COMBUSTION CAN OCCUR
Clean Up: Clean brushes/rollers in white spirit, followed by warm soapy water.
Safety Instructions: Keep out of reach of children. Do not pour oil residue into the sewer. Let the remnants dry out and dispose of with your domestic rubbish collection.
Initial Floor Care: Treat all new floor surfaces with great care as they continue to harden for up to 4 weeks. Correctly applied, Java High Solid Oil will cure to good strength after a period of 10-14 days, avoid water contact and do not wet mop before this time. The surface will continue to harden for up to 28 days. It’s advisable to take extra care throughout this time & use felt pads under your furniture etc.
General Cleaning: Use the Natural House MicroWax and MicroClean for your weekly or regular cleaning. Add 1 cap full (approx. 10ml) of the MicroWax and 1 cap fill (approx. 10ml) of the MicroClean to 1 litre of water in a handy spray bottle. Shake well before use, mist spray the solution over the floor. Mop using a microfibre mop, leave to dry.
Nourish & Replenish: Use Natural House MicroWax with a 50/50 solution of water to rejuvenate your floor. Use a handy spray bottle. Shake well before use, mist spray the solution over the floor. Mop or wipe back using a microfibre mop, leave to dry.
Manage: For stubborn marks and surface scratching use undiluted MicroWax lightly burnished in the direction of the grain using a green 3M hand scourer (available at supermarkets.) Polish dry with a cotton cloth. TO REORDER Microwax & Microclean, please visit our ONLINE STORE www.naturalhouse.co.nz
What to Expect – Oiled Timber Floors: Natural House Company ‘Java Oil’ finishes are made from the purest plant chemistry. Our goal has always been to make products form the finest possible ingredients, so as not to expose customers to potentially harmful chemicals. A ‘Java’ oiled timber floor will add warmth and character to your home, improving with age and gaining a richness and depth of patina as time goes on. Floor and joinery finishes fall broadly into three categories: Grain Feel traditional penetrating oils which soak deep into the timber. Once the timber is saturated the excess is wiped back and the oil oxidises to a hard, character finish in the wood. If walked on with bare feet, you would ‘feel’ the grain. Java Resin Oil is a ‘Grain Feel’ finish. Grain Fill high solid oils which bond into the grain of the timber and fill the grain to the surface. The result is a smoother surface which retains the character of an oiled floor. Due to their concentration these oils can carry pigment without ‘grabbing’ and so are very suited to coloured floor applications. Java High Solid Oil is a ‘Grain Fill’ finish. Film Build these finishes are not oils but coating lacquers that sit on top of wood. Most typical of these finishes are polyurethanes. They often give a slightly ‘plastic’ appearance.
Important to Understand: Initial imperfections and variances are expected with oil finishes. These are usually caused by differing absorption rates between floor boards, a reflection of the density variation between heartwood and sapwood timber. Controlling temperature, humidity and air exchange has a large bearing on the dry time and initial appearance of natural oil finishes. Without having the addition of modifying chemicals, a newly oiled timber floor can have random imperfections such as a slight ‘orange peel appearance’ or ‘coarse feel’. To reduce this, follow the application instructions carefully and do not over apply. (multiple thin coats are best). Any slight imperfections are simple to rectify with a light key sand and a further sparing oil application if required. Microwax will also take care of this ‘feel and appearance’ over time. The application of undiluted MicroWax to a floor will speed up the refining process, however using MicroWax undiluted can make a floor slippery, so common sense is the main requirement here.
Simply Put: ‘Polyurethane floors look perfect to begin with and go downhill from there until requiring a complete re-sand …. oiled floors begin with varied small imperfections and gain character and patina as time goes on, oiled floors are always maintainable and repairable’