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Eco-friendly and ideal to use for those with an autoimmune condition, asthma or chemical sensitivities, Hemp Oil contains no chemicals or solvents and has zero VOCs — absolutely no nasties! In fact, Hemp Oil is a food-grade product so safe you can use it on cutting boards, butcher blocks and on wooden utensils. It is used in beauty and skin care products and is an ideal sealer for childrens' toys and furniture.
Hemp Oil works from the inside out penetrating the surface to create a durable, hard-wearing finish. It doesn't leave any stickiness or film and won't yellow, chip or flake with time like most traditional floor sealers.
Once dried, hemp oil has a rich natural lustre.
It works beautifully outdoors as well, on furniture, decks and I use it on my front door to seal the chalk painted surface. Recently Marian (Miss Mustard Seed) featured an outdoor deck by Stonehouse Vintage stained with Milk Paint and sealed in Hemp Oil on her blog.
A Few Details
- Enusre the surface is clean and dry
- Apply small amount of Hemp Oil using a natural bristle brush or clean cloth. Brushes do a better job of getting into cracks, scratches, grout lines, etc.. The Miss Mustard Seed Small Paint Brush is purpose-designed for use with Hemp Oil
- Brush on a thin coat, allow to sit about 15 minutes, then wipe away any excess oil with a clean, lint-free cloth like a sheet
- For additional protection, 2-4 coats is ideal.
- Allow two hours between coats and wipe away excess after 12 hours. Small amounts of oil may rise and pool, wipe away the excess
- The floor will be fully cured after 30 days
- When the floor is dry to the touch, you can walk on it gently
- During the curing time, place cardboard down where there will heavy foot traffic
A Few More Tips
- The more porous the surface, the more Hemp Oil may be needed and typically the faster the cure
- Coverage will vary according to the surface to which the oil is being applied. For example, a previously oiled surface will require very little oil, whereas bare wood will require more
- Colour depends on the type and age of the wood or stone and will often intensify with sealing Always test a small amount in a hidden area first to ensure you're happy with the result
- To maintain, apply a light coat as needed (once a year or thereabouts). To remove scratches, lightly sand blemish, then reapply oil.