Hardwax Oiled Floor Maintenance

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Hardwax oil maintains the natural look of the wood, it forms a highly durable barrier on soft and hardwoods against water, stains, heat, dirt and wear and tear. Coats of hardwax oil are brushed, rolled or buffed into the raw timber to add a thick protective wax layer with a rich lustre.

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General Floor Care

  • Regular sweeping and vacuum cleaning to prevent accumulation of grit and abrasive dust which can scratch and dull the surface. Installing barrier mats such as coir matting inside and outside all external door ways will help to greatly reduce the amount of outside dirt and debris.
  • Take off heavy outdoor shoes and remove any wet or dirty footwear.
  • Protect all furniture with felt pads to avoid any scratching with movement.
  • Wipe up any spilt liquids and avoid any standing water or liquid as wood will absorb liquid and expand which could affect the stability of the floor. Any stains should be removed while wet with a clean damp cloth.
  • Avoid use of any household cleaners. These can be abrasive and damage or dull the surface and can leave a dangerous slippery film.
  • Avoid over use of wet cleaning methods.
  • Never wash your floor before vacuuming to avoid staining a floor with dirt.
  • Avoid abrasive microfibre mops and cloths which can damage the surface.
  • Avoid steam cleaners as they can force moisture into the floor.

Regular Cleaning & Care

For regular/ daily cleaning sweep and vacuum. Wipe up any liquid spills.

Weekly Cleaning*

Damp clean with a suitable spray cleaner. A pH neutral / balanced cleaning solution. To avoid staining the floor always make sure the floor is vacuumed before damp cleaning.

If your floor requires a heavy clean then use a pH balanced floor soap mixed with a bucket of luke warm water and working with the grain where possible, apply with a well wrung mop or cloth. Use a second bucket for rinse water and change regularly to staining the floor with dirt. Avoid saturating the floor. Leave to dry before general use.

*Recommended Products:

Bona Spray Mop with Bona Oiled Floor Cleaner
Wood’s Good Natural Floor Care Spray and Mop Pad/ Kit
Ciranova Flooring Soap

Oil Maintenance*

For areas of high traffic such as Kitchens (or in commercial installations) an initial application of maintenance oil is recommended to commission the floor, adding extra protection where needed. This will enhance and prolong the the usability of the Hardwax oiled surface.

It is recommend that areas of high use should be maintained with oil periodically. The frequency of maintenance will depend on the usage of the floor. For example, a busy kitchen-diner in a family home or a room with heavy foot traffic and external doorways may need more regular attention perhaps once a year.

Where-as areas with less daily use, more internal rooms without regular external foot traffic such as living rooms and bedrooms may never or only occasionally need maintaining with oil.


  • First remove all dust and debris with vacuum cleaning
  • Wash the floor with intensive cleaner diluted with water and allow to fully dry. This will remove any impurities and cleaning residues. Note: Intensive cleaner should only ever be used prior to application of maintenance oil as it will remove some of the initial oiled surface.
  • Once fully dried apply maintenance oil. This can be hand applied or machine buffed. Take good care to remove any excess oil during application.
  • The floor will cure over night and spills and washing should be avoided over the next 48 hours. Thereafter the floor may be cleaned with a damp cloth or mop pad and will be fully cured within 7 days where upon fully cleaning can be carried out with appropriate pH neutral cleaner as┬árequired. NOTE: Cloths/ rags and pads used in oil application should put in water for 12 hours before disposal or reuse to avoid spontaneous combustion while the oil cures. Please check packaging for details.

*Recommended Products:

Ciranova Maintenance Oil Natural Matt
Ciranova Intensive Cleaner

Ciranova Maintenance Video

This video shows how to clean and prepare a floor with Intensive Cleaner before application of Ciranova Maintenance Oil by hand and with buffing machine. It also shows subsequent cleaning with Flooring soap which should only be done after 2 days. If you are unsure please remember to consult an expert first.


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