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Can I use washing up liquid to clean surfaces treated with Osmo Polyx Oil or Top Oil?

No, washing up liquid will strip off and damage Osmo Polyx oil and Osmo Top Oil, we recommend using Osmo Wash and Care, The Osmo Spray cleaner or Osmo Interior Spray Cleaner which not only clean but also help to maintain the finish.


Can I use a steam cleaner to clean my wooden floor that is coated with Osmo Polyx Oil?

No, the heat from the steam cleaner will damage the Polyx Oil.


What is the easiest way to clean and maintain my Polyx Oil Treated floor?

We recommend using Osmo Wash and Care for routine maintenance either with the Osmo Floor Cleaning Kit ( a telescopic handle will also be required) or the new Osmo Spray Mop system.


What happens if I apply Osmo UV Protection Oils at below 5°C or the temperature drops below 5°C shortly after I apply it?

Like all oils and waxes Osmo oils will thicken at low temperatures so will not be absorbed in to the wood, the white spirit will then evaporate off and you will be left with a sticky coating on the surface of the wood. We recommend where possible not applying Osmo wood oils below 10°C or when the temperature will fall below 5°C within 8 hours of application. It is always a good idea to store your Osmo products at room temperature for at least 24°C hours before use.


What is the difference between Osmo UV Protection Oil 410 and UV Protection Oil Extra 420?

These products are basically the same clear product but the 420 Extra contains a biocide to help protect against algae, mildew and fungal attack.


  What happens if I apply Osmo 420 UV Protection Oil at below 5°C or the temperature drops below 5°C shortly after I apply it?

Like all oils and waxes Osmo oils including all of the UV protection range, will thicken at low temperatures so will not be absorbed in to the wood, the white spirit will then evaporate off and you will be left with a sticky coating on the surface of the wood. We recommend where possible not applying Osmo wood oils below 10°C or when the temperature will fall below 5°C within 8 hours of application. It is always a good idea to store your Osmo products at room temperature for at least 24°C hours before use.


How long do I need to leave my wood before applying Osmo UV protection oil?

Recommended:
Oak
Beech
Ash
Alder
Birch
Douglas Fir, an application of WR Base Coat 4001 is recommended before use.
Pine, an application of WR Base Coat 4001 is recommended before use.
Spruce, an application of WR Base Coat 4001 is recommended before use.


A Weathering period is recommended before application:
Cedar new or sanded, requires at least approx. 12 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
Iroko new or sanded, requires at least approx. 12 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
Mahogany new or sanded, requires at least approx. 12 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
Teak new or sanded, requires at least approx. 12 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
Walnut new or sanded, requires at least approx. 12 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
Ipe new or sanded, requires at least approx. 12 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
Merbau new or sanded, requires at least approx. 12 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
Wenge new or sanded, requires at least approx. 12 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
Rosewood new or sanded, requires at least approx. 12 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
Sycamore new or sanded, requires at least approx. 12 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
Sapele new or sanded, requires at least approx. 3-4 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
Larch new or sanded, requires at least approx. 2 weeks exposure to the exterior elements before application.
After the weathering period, it is generally recommended to clean the surface before application, always trial apply.

Not Recommended for use with UV Protection Oil:
Green Oak moisture content is often above the maximum 20% recommended.
Idigbo contains yellow dyes which leaches when the wood becomes wet and stains when in contact within iron.
Other woods treated with a varnish, lacquer or other surface coatings must be completely sanded before use.

For all other wood species, always trial apply. If unsure always do a test area before application.