Care and Maintenance

 

Congratulations on installing your new Sawyer Mason Structured Wide Plank Floor. Your flooring is prefinished with a natural oil finish. This finish emits zero VOCs. Your floors require specific cleaning/maintenance products. Other cleaning products not specifically recommended may damage an oiled floor. We recommend using Rubio Monocoat (RMC) for all your cleaning and maintenance needs. Please follow the maintenance guidelines below for optimal performance and aesthetics of your new Sawyer Mason floor. Suggested cleaning and maintenance products may be purchased through your Sawyer Mason dealer, or an authorized Rubio dealer. A full list Rubio’s maintenance products, dealers and instructions may be viewed on their website at www.rubiomonocoatonline.com.

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GENERAL CARE

  1. Flooring should be one of the last items installed on a project. In order to protect the floors while other trades are finishing their work prior to final cleanup and turnover to the owner, use a breathable protective covering such as Ram Board. Do not use Red Rosin paper, as it may discolor the finish, and do not use polyfilm or other non-breathing coverings as they can cause damage from humidity buildup. Clean the floor thoroughly before laying the covering to ensure that no debris is trapped underneath. Tape pieces of protective covering together but do not tape them to the wood flooring.
  2. After installation, it is recommended to apply a coat of Rubio Monocoat Universal Maintenance Oil for an additional layer of protection and durability.
  3. Place walk-off mats at all entrances to collect dirt and debris that could damage or dull the flooring.
  4. Install felt floor protectors underneath all furniture.
  5. In areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and spaces where food service occurs, avoid excessive moisture as this will damage the floor. All wood flooring requires good airflow to allow moisture to disperse and dissipate easily.
  6. People wearing spiked heels on the floor will damage even the hardest wood floors and finishes.
  7. Pet claws should be properly trimmed at all times.
  8. Work boots and shoes that may have pebbles lodged in the soles should be removed prior to entering.
  9. Sweep or vacuum frequently. Most damage to wood floor finishes is caused by debris that is walked on.
  10. All mats or rugs should be cleaned on a regular basis. They should also be moved occasionally to allow natural color changes caused by light to occur evenly in all areas.
  11. With water or any Rubio cleaning product, be sure to thoroughly ring out the applicator or mop prior to applying it to the floor. Never wet-mop your floor, and always clean up spills and standing water as soon as possible. With oil-finished floors, water left for prolonged periods may cause water-spotting. A damp mop is fine as long as the moisture is limited to an amount that will evaporate almost immediately. Moisture that is allowed to seep into the seams between the planks may cause damage to your flooring. Do not allow soiled mats or rugs to stay on the floor as they can trap moisture on the surface.

CLEANING | DO’s

AFTER INSTALLATION

  • Use a microfiber hardwood floor sweeper and vacuum with soft brush attachment to remove dust and particles before using a damp mop to clean your Sawyer Mason floors before applying maintenance oil or placing furniture.
  • It is recommended to apply a coat of Rubio Monocoat (RMC) Universal Maintenance Oil for an additional layer of protection and durability.

PROTECTION WITH RMC UNIVERSAL MAINTENANCE OIL

Rubio Monocoat Universal Maintenance Oil is used for protecting and refreshing the color of oiled wooden surfaces. The frequency of using this product will depend on the intensity of the floor traffic. However, it is recommended to apply RMC Universal Maintenance Oil after installation of your Sawyer Mason floor and before any furniture or rugs are placed.

  • Remove all dust and dirt from the floor and ensure the room is well-ventilated.
  • Clean the floor thoroughly with Rubio Monocoat Natural Soap and water (see below). Rinse well Clean the floor thoroughly with Rubio Monocoat Natural Soap and water (see below). Rinse well  with water to eliminate any soap residues. Leave it to dry completely.
  • For manual application, apply a small amount of oil to a cloth, brush or sponge. For mechanical  application, apply the oil using a floor polisher and a beige colored pad. Use very little product to prevent the floors from becoming sticky.
  • Treat areas of 20-40 square feet at a time. Each treated area should be wiped dry using a microfiber cloth. Thoroughly buff excess oil. Wipe or buff dry each treated area within 10-15 minutes of application. When using a floor polisher, wipe dry using a white pad.
  • Allow the floor to dry for 6 – 8 hours before walking on it or adding furniture or rugs.
  • During the first week, clean only using a wet cloth. Later, RMC Natural Soap may be used.
  • Rubio Monocoat Universal Maintenance Oil may NOT be diluted! After usage, cloths need to Rubio Monocoat Universal Maintenance Oil may NOT be diluted! After usage, cloths need to  be soaked in water before disposal. Cloths, saturated with oil, may spontaneously combust.

Storage: The product can be stored for up to 12 months. Store in dry conditions and in the original packaging.
Packaging: Available in a 0.5L can

ORDINARY DAILY CLEANING

For everyday cleaning of your Sawyer Mason floor, vacuum your floor using a soft brush attachment. You may also dry sweep the floor with a microfiber hardwood floor sweeper. Sweep or vacuum frequently. Debris left on the floor can get ground into the grain by foot traffic and become more difficult to remove.

REGULAR CLEANING WITH RMC NATURAL SOAP

Sawyer Mason floors can be cleaned regularly with water and Rubio Monocoat Natural Soap. RMC Natural Soap was developed to retain the matte look of your oiled floor. Local stains can be cleaned easily with Rubio Monocoat Surface Care Spray or Tannin Remover.

  • Vacuum the floor using a soft brush attachment.
  • Mop with a small amount of Rubio Monocoat Soap. RMC Natural Soap is designed for the regular cleaning by removing all dirt and grease thoroughly without leaving a film.
  • Use by mixing 1⁄4 cup of RMC Natural Soap into a gallon of cold water. The mix ratio is 66 parts water to 1 part Soap. Alternatively, RMC Surface Care Spray is a premixed solution of RMC Natural Soap and water and may be used by directly misting the floor.
  • When cleaning with RMC Natural Soap, the best working method is with two buckets: one with the soap mixture and one with clean water to rinse the dirt out of the mop.
  • Dampen a terry cloth mop with the cleaner mixture. Clean a part of the floor. Rinse the terry cloth with clean water and wring it out. Repeat this routine on the rest of the floor.
  • Always use a damp mop, and not a wet mop. Do not leave any water on the floor. Let the floor dry (approx. 15 minutes) before you walk on it.

Storage: The product can be stored for up to 12 months. Store in dry conditions and in the original packaging. Do not allow to freeze.
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REGULAR CLEANING WITH RMC SURFACE CARE SPRAY

Rubio Monocoat Surface Care Spray is a ready-to-use cleaning product for the weekly or monthly care of surfaces treated with oil. Also suitable for the easy cleaning of localized stains.

  • Sweep, dry mop or vacuum your floor with a soft brush attachment.
  • Spray the product on to the spot to be cleaned.
  • Wipe dry with a mop or microfiber cloth
  • Allow the area to dry for approximately 15 minutes

Storage: The product can be stored for up to 12 months. Store in dry conditions and in the original packaging. Do not allow to freeze.
Packaging: Available in a 750 ml spray bottle.

TREATING STAINS WITH RMC TANNIN REMOVER

Rubio Monocoat Tannin Remover is a ready-to-use product for removing stains and spots on wood caused by a reaction to acid and water. These spots tend to occur after coming into contact with moisture and metal.

  • Apply RMC Tannin Remover to the stain or spot.
  • Allow several minutes for absorption.
  • Use a damp cloth or paper towels to wipe off product.
  • For stubborn marks, it is recommended to repeat this method as many times as needed to achieve the desired result.
  • Allow the surface area to dry completely.

Storage: The product can be stored for up to 24 months. Store in dry conditions and in the original packaging. Do not allow to freeze.
Packaging: Available in a .5L and 1L spray

RESTORE WITH RMC REFRESH ECO SPRAY

Rubio Monocoat Refresh Eco Spray is a ready-to-use revitalizing treatment oil that refreshes, restores and protects your floor. RMC Refresh Eco Spray is used when the surface feels and looks dry or rough in areas where the finish has worn due to heavy traffic. Maintenance with RMC Refresh Eco Spray will replace the oil that has worn away and add protection to that area. This can be used several times a year as needed.

  • Eliminate dirt and dust from the floor. It is also recommended to clean the entire surface with RMC Natural Soap or Surface Care Spray before application of the Refresh Eco Spray.
  • Spray RMC Refresh onto the surface to be treated, or apply the product with a cloth or mechanical buffer. Use a minimal amount of the product to prevent the floor from becoming sticky.
  • Allow the product to react for a couple of minutes.
  • Wipe the surface dry with a cloth, paper towel, or a cloth under a buffer with a white pad. Polish until the surface feels completely dry.
  • Work in zones that can be fully wiped dry within 15 – 20 minutes.
  • The surface can be walked on after 4 – 6 hours.
  • Rubio Monocoat Refresh Eco Spray may NOT be diluted! After usage, cloths need to be soaked in water before disposal. Cloths, saturated with oil, may spontaneously combust.

Coverage: 1 liter = +/- 1,075 sf
Storage: Store in dry conditions and in the original packaging for up to 12 months
Packaging: Available in a .5L and 1L spray

SPOT REPAIRS

Superficial scratches can be repaired with RMC Universal Maintenance Oil. Using a clean cloth, apply a small amount of oil to the cloth and buff the scratched area. Wait 2-3 minutes, then buff off excess oil using a clean cloth. Allow to dry one hour.


CLEANING | DON’T’s

  • Never use ammonia, vinegar, petroleum-based cleaners, wax, polish, household dust treatment chemicals, abrasive cleaners, scrubbing pads, furniture cleaners, or any other product not specifically for oil-finished floors.
  • Avoid mopping the floor with just water. Always use a soap or oil refresher specifically for maintaining oiled floors.
  • Alternatively, do not wash your floors with Rubio Natural Soap concentrate without diluting with water. Excess dosages of soap can leave unwanted footprints on your freshly washed floor.
  • Rubio Monocoat Cleaner is a separate product and is not intended for regular cleaning. Do not use RMC Cleaner unless you are preparing the floor for a new coat of oil.

*Always refer to the specific manufacturer instructions for all oiled flooring maintenance and cleaning products. 


WHERE CAN I FIND RUBIO?

Suggested cleaning and maintenance products may be purchased through your Sawyer Mason dealer, or an authorized Rubio dealer. A full list Rubio’s maintenance products, dealers and instructions may be viewed on their website at www.rubiomonocoatonline.com.