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    • CommentAuthorrsk1
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2017
     
    I'm looking for advice or product comparisons for wood floor treatments. In the past i used an oil plus hardener ( 2 separate tins) from the green building store, but they no longer seem to stock wood finishes. Is osmo the best bet? are there any even more eco options?
    • CommentAuthorgyrogear
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2017
     
    Posted By: rsk1are there any even more eco options


    well, my ultra-eco project was a distressed wood floor (made of old roofing boards), sanded down, then treated with insecticide, then stained, then two coats of short-oil home-made varnish, then two coats of shop-bought varnish.

    It has stood up well, and is low-maintenance.

    gg
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2017
     
    I have used Osmo on engineered flooring and I am very pleased with it probably the best yet I have used. The trick is not to be impatient and to put a thick layer on as it will go sticky. Three thin coats over 3 days I found to work the best. Make sure floor is clean well vacuumed then go over with a tack cloth as used in car paint finishing shops. I have also used an exterior version of Osmo on Sapele rafters in a conservatory and veranda roof I made and it also looks great.
    • CommentAuthorrsk1
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2017
     
    When I used osmo polyx in the past i didn't find it to be very hard wearing. Anyone suggest anything else?
  1.  
    What was the traffic where you were using it? We had on Oak throughout our ground floor in last house with Osmo. In 10 years i think we only recoated the hall once.
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2017
     
    Posted By: rsk1When I used osmo polyx in the past i didn't find it to be very hard wearing. Anyone suggest anything else?

    Yes some friends used it on an oak floor in a shop and it's not looking good. It does not seem to have enough gloss to clean well.
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    Ok - a shop is very different to domestic use.
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2017 edited
     
    Posted By: Simon StillOk - a shop is very different to domestic use.

    But it looked shabby very quickly. At the end of the day oil finishes need regular upkeep. My parents place has oak with Liberon floor oil perfectly good for a while but needs a re-coat at least once a year to look smart. I am woodworker by trade and happily use oils for furniture but went for Diamond glaze for our own wooden floor.
    • CommentAuthorrsk1
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2017
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: Simon Still</cite>What was the traffic where you were using it? We had on Oak throughout our ground floor in last house with Osmo. In 10 years i think we only recoated the hall once.</blockquote>

    It was in a housing co-operative: the kitchen and a room that had a ping pong table in it. So, heavy traffic. #
    • CommentAuthormarsaday
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2017
     
    Please please do not use the Liberone wood oil !!

    It is not oil, but water based. I bought some 2 weeks ago to redo my wood floor. It is a thin water solution with a little tungsten oil in it. I spoke to their sales team and they said it is really a water based product. I don't know how they can describe it as "wood oil".

    I got a full refund from screwfix and bought the Osmo oil i have used before. It does need regular top ups however.

    I would say a re oil every 3 years is about right.
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2017
     
    Posted By: marsadayPlease please do not use the Liberone wood oil !!

    It is not oil, but water based. I bought some 2 weeks ago to redo my wood floor. It is a thin water solution with a little tungsten oil in it. I spoke to their sales team and they said it is really a water based product. I don't know how they can describe it as "wood oil".
    .


    That's a shame. Guess they have changed their formula as I have used their oils for year and all were oil based.
    • CommentAuthormarsaday
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2017
     
    There is oil in there but it sounds a tiny percent. The woman didn't know the exact amount and said the product came from France. But using it compared to oil products is no comparison.

    When I used it out came a watery milk solution.
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2017 edited
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: marsaday</cite>There is oil in there but it sounds a tiny percent. The woman didn't know the exact amount and said the product came from France. But using it compared to oil products is no comparison.

    When I used it out came a watery milk solution.</blockquote>
    The giveaway is what's recommended for cleaning. Darn shame as the old stuff was good. http://www.liberon.co.uk/product/floor-oil/ At least they have not yet ruined their finishing oil by the looks of it.

    There is a big push for water based finishes as I think they avoid VOCs but the quality of them rarely compares with the old oil based finishes.
    • CommentAuthorOtterbank
    • CommentTimeOct 1st 2017
     
    We have Rustins Danish oil on our oak floors in kitchen/family room and sitting room. Gave them 3 coats first the floor was laid not been re-coated in 7 years. Not desperately needing re done but will probably do doorways in the next year. Never used Osomo but I believe it is a good product. I also use Woodoc on other wooden projects which is a polyurethane but very similar in use to oil and a very good product in my opinion. They also do a finish for flooring but I haven't used it.
    Michael
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