How to care for your Rubio Monocoat finished furniture

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Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C is a natural and environmentally friendly oil. It creates an extremely durable finish and enhances the natural beauty and grain of wood furniture. 

Caring for your Rubio Monocoat oil finished surface is simple, and when done properly, keeps your furniture looking beautiful for a lifetime. 

There should never be a need for a re-coat or a messy re-sand and refinish. 

The only reason you would need to re-sand your furniture with a Rubio Monocoat finish would be if a color change is desired. This provides a major advantage over the polyurethane finish maintenance process, which is messy, lengthy, and requires re-sanding between applications. 

Cleaning 

Keeping your oiled furniture clean is the first step to caring for your oil finish. 

Once your furniture piece is finished with Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C, you should allow at least 5 days for it to fully cure before cleaning with liquids. 

Keeping dirt and grit off of wooden furniture will greatly extend the life of any finish. 

There are 2 options available for cleaning your oiled furniture.

  1. Damp rag
  2. Use Rubio Monocoat Soap or Surface Care Spray (recommended cleaners) 

Clean using a damp rag

Using a damp rag with clean water is sufficient for the regular cleaning of your oiled furniture. Remember that wood and water do not mix, so using a damp rag means your rag should not be “dripping wet” when cleaning a wood surface. Clean using a damp rag with water as needed but avoid doing so daily. Clean water will not always get your furniture clean. 

Clean using Rubio Monocoat Soap or Surface Care Spray

Surface Care Spray or properly diluted Rubio Monocoat Soap are the only recommended cleaners for your Rubio Monocoat oil finished furniture. These cleaners will remove all dirt and grease thoroughly, without leaving a film or affecting the matte natural look of the wood. Again, be sure to only use a damp rag and not saturate the floor with liquid. 

Rubio Monocoat Soap 

Rubio Monocoat Soap

Rubio Monocoat Soap is extremely concentrated, and therefore, extremely economical. One liter of Rubio Monocoat Soap will make approximately 26 gallons of cleaning solution. When Rubio Monocoat soap is mixed with water into a cleaning solution, it is called Surface Care Spray. Mix Rubio Monocoat Soap with water at a ratio of 1:100. 

Common Mixing Measurements 
WATER RMC SOAP
750 milliliter 1/2 tbsp
1 gallon 1.3 fluid oz

Surface Care Spray

Surface Care Spray

Surface Care Spray is the mixed and ready-to-use version of Rubio Monocoat Soap. It is available in an easy-to-use spray bottle. Surface Care Spray is great to have on hand for spot cleaning areas in the event of a spill or accident. 

How to use 

Spray Surface Care Spray onto the surface and clean using a microfiber cloth or rag. 

Maintenance 

Rubio Monocoat oil is composed of natural ingredients. It is sustainable, renewable, and completely environmentally friendly. Since no artificial toxic hardeners are used to increase the durable life of the finish, periodic rejuvenation (aka maintenance) is necessary, usually between 2 and 6 years, depending on climate, use, and care. Maintenance is done using Renew. 

Renew

Rubio Monocoat Renew

Renew is a ready-to-use product that refreshes, restores, and protects surfaces treated with Oil Plus 2C. It brings the surface back to a freshly oiled state. Renew should be used when the surface starts to feel too dry or rough, or when the finish has worn down due to heavy use. 

High traffic areas like heavily used kitchen countertops, dining room tables, and around kitchen sinks wear faster than other applications.  Over time, they can develop “dry” looking spots as the finish wears away. The worn spots will appear dry or rough. Another sign of compromised protection is the failure for liquids to bead-up on the finish surface. These areas can be renewed individually whenever necessary using Renew. 

How to use 

Renew is very easy to apply. Simply apply Renew onto the dry looking area, leave it to react for 3-5 minutes, then wipe dry, being sure to remove all excess. Allow the area to dry for 4-6 hours before light use. 

Using Renew when necessary will extend the life of your Rubio Monocoat oiled surfaces and ensure maintenance is kept simple. 

Renovation

Oil Plus 2C

If the color of the surface is affected, you will need to perform a renovation application using Oil Plus 2C in the original color. 

For renovation instructions, please see (link coming soon). 

Sheen enhancement 

Universal Maintenance Oil 

Universal Maintenance Oil

Universal Maintenance Oil is used to increase the sheen of an oil finished surface. Oil Plus 2C has a matte finish and applying Universal Maintenance Oil will increase the sheen slightly, to approximately a velvet-like appearance. It also nourishes and adds a light glow to the wood finish.  

Universal Maintenance Oil can also be used to convert wood furniture finished with a different or unknown brand of oil finish to a Rubio Monocoat surface. 

Universal Maintenance Oil dries in approximately 6-8 hours, at which time it is ready for light use. Full cure is achieved after 6 days. Universal Maintenance Oil is available in 5 colors:  Pure (non-pigmented), Black, Brown, Grey and White.  

Removing stains and black spots from wood 

Black spots or tannin stains can occur after wood comes in contact with a strong alkaline solution or moisture and metal. E.g. cans, flowerpots, etc...  These black or tannin spots are caused from a chemical reaction to acid and water. 

Tannin Remover

Tannin Remover is a ready-to-use product for removing stains and spots on wood caused by a reaction to acid and water. It can be used on untreated, oiled, and waxed surfaces. It can be also be used on water damaged parquet floors, as well as on outdoor wood surfaces. 

Please consult the appropriate TDS before using a product.

Caring for your Rubio Monocoat finished furniture is simple, you just need the right products

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