Care and maintenance:
L.Co tung oil and wax plant based wood finishes are the easiest finishes to care for and maintain. With only simple cleaning products you can care for your beautiful finish for years to come. Maintenance on an oil-based finish is extremely easy and effortless. Let’s take a look at some cleaning options and maintenance tips.
Soap, vinegar, and water.
The best cleaners are as simple as that. A gentle hand soap diluted in warm water will remove dirt and buildup and keep your finish like new. Alternatively, you could use a mixture of 1 ounce of white vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water. Both cleaning options are safe for your L.Co finish.
Use L.Co HardWax Oil & Polish.
Most wood maintenance products contain waxes like carnauba or beeswax and oils like mineral oil or orange oil. These ingredients may not be the most beneficial things to put on finished wood because they do not dry and have a tendency to collect dirt and grime over time making refinishing very difficult. L.Co uses only safe modified waxes and the best drying oils that will never gum-up over time, provide a smooth to the touch feel, and can be recoated at any time without any problems.
Don’t use heavy household cleaners.
Most household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that could damage the sheen and protection of your L.Co finish. Ammonia-based glass and floor cleaners are an example of products that contain ingredients that have an adverse effect on the protection of your finish. Oil soaps are also not recommended for cleaning as they have a tendency to create a film on the surface of the wood that are difficult to remove similar to waxes and polishes.
Strong light, oxidation, physical abuse and contact with heat, water, solvents and chemicals are the worst enemy for your finish. For interior use, be mindful of the strongest light source and place furniture away from direct sunlight. Heat accelerates oxidation, so avoid areas that get extremely hot like attics or sunrooms. If you want to increase the protection of your interior furniture it is recommended to use L.Co’s exterior products to prevent long term damage.
For interior projects that are cared for with the above recommendations, you will find that little to no maintenance will be required. To refresh a dry or slightly scratched finish, we recommend using L.Co HardWax Oil & Polish which has been specially formulated to condition, protect, and renew.
On occasion, you might consider re-applying a coat of L.Co Tung Oil Finish for a deeper repair and rejuvenation, especially on floors. It is very simple to renew your L.Co finish. Clean the surface with mineral spirits or turpentine. Lightly scuff the surface with a scotch-brite pad or lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper and re-coat according to the instructions on the can. Any light scratches will be covered and your finish will look like new.
For exterior projects that are exposed to severe elements, we recommend checking every 6 months for spots with heavy wear. Clean, scuff or sand, and re-coat. You may find in some cases when regular maintenance is not performed, that some areas of the wood maybe have become dry, damaged and are gray in color. This requires a little bit more work to get your finish looking like new again. Clean the surface as described above and take extra care to sand the gray/ dry areas well with 180 grit sandpaper to remove as much of the oxidation and damage as possible until you see the new wood color again. Apply L.Co exterior products directly to the damanged areas and let the oils soak into the wood. Re-apply if necessary until the color of the dry areas match the surrounding finish.
L.Co finishes limited warranty:
We stand behind the quality of each product that we make. Should there be any issues with an L.Co product, please reach out to us at any time and we can help.
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L.Co finishing products must be tested to your complete satisfaction before using, including compatibility with other manufacturers products. The Lucero Company will be responsible only for the cost of our products and will not be responsible for any costs such as labor, damage, replacement costs or consequential damages. If L.Co finishing products are proved to be defective within one year of purchase, The Lucero Company will replace the material or refund the purchase price. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state, from country to country.
Storage of L.Co products.
Keep containers of L.Co products closed when not in use and keep in a cool, dry place. If stored properly, an unopened can of L.Co product will have an almost indefinite shelf life. Opened and partially filled containers may gel since L.Co finishes dry through oxidation. When a container is opened, it is exposed to oxygen and the remaining unused portion may begin to oxidize. This leads to skinning and eventually gelling of the product.
For best results, pour the L.Co product you need to complete your job into another container and promptly reseal the original container replacing both the seal and screw top on the cans. Do not return any unused portion to the original can.
For proper storage, oxygen inside the L.Co container must be displaced by one or more of the following methods:
• Pour the product into a smaller airtight glass or metal container.
• With rectangular cans, squeeze the sides to push the liquid up and seal before the air returns into the can.
• “Float” the product with an inert gas such as carbon dioxide or argon that is heavier than air.