that's right, Heritage Natural Finishes aren't just
for wood any more! It turns out that our finishes produce a beautiful
and rugged surface on earth work!
We make a special earthen floor oil and wax for Claylin, Inc. that is called Claylin Oil and Claylin Wax which you can order through Sukita Crimmel at Claylin, Inc. HERE. First, build up coats with our Claylin Oil Finish, then top coat with Claylin Wax. For more information about oiling Earthen Floors, please contact Sukita at 503.957.6132 or on her website HERE.
floors are laid as a wet mix of clay rich soil, sand and fiber. After
drying, these raw floors are sealed with many layers of linseed oils
mixed with thinner and then finished with a wax or resin. The
Natural Earth Finish from Heritage Natural Finishes works great for me. It already
has citrus thinner in it, which I absolutely prefer. I apply many
layers, until the floor is full and then let it dry for about a week. I
then use their Liquid Wax End Sealer, applying with a
buffer...beautiful! I have also been playing around with the pigmented
oils; they color the basic brown floor nicely.” -Sukita Crimmel, From These Hands, LLC
How to calculate how much oil & wax you need to finish your earthen floor, use this formula (from Sukita):
4 coats of Concentrated Finish Oil (Earth Finish) is a product of 0.023 x total square feet of earthen floor (ex: 350 sq. ft. to cover x 0.023 = 8.05 gallons needed)
6 coats of Concentrated Finish Oil (Earth Finish) is a product of 0.029 x total square feet of earthen floor.
1 coat of Liquid Wax End Sealer is a product of .002 x total square feet of earthen floor.
To finish your earth floor, apply our Concentrated Oil (Earth Floor Finish) 4-6 coats over several days. You don't need to thin this product. Buff in a thin top coat of our Liquid Wax End Sealer for a more finished top coat. Dries to a matte sheen.
Clean Up: For spills, over spray, or to clean up brushes, use
our Pure Citrus Solvent or other solvent (Turpentine, Mineral Spirits, etc.).