Caring for Oiled Wood Floors – What You Need to Know
Caring for oiled wood floors isn’t as straightforward as one may think. Here you can find professional advice for how to get the most use and enjoyment out of your floor for many years to come.
For thousands of years, people have been using oils to protect wooden floors. Professional wood oils are used for nourishment and to reduce damage by creating a water resistant barrier. There are many choices of oil on the market, but we always use natural wood floor oil as it is better for the environment and enhances the wood grain.
How to look after oiled wood floors?
There are two different approaches to applying a wood floor maintenance coat. You can either revive wood floors without sanding or apply oils to a newly sanded floor. The latter is more costly but sometimes necessary if your floor is in particularly bad condition.
Let’s start with the sanding process first so that you have all the information you need to make the right decision. We will also provide some benchmarks for wood floor sanding and polishing costs.
How to finish wood floors after sanding
First things first, when sanding old wood floors we need to clear the room of furniture and carry out a deep clean. It is at this point that we will also repair any singular boards and pinpoint deep scratches. If you’re concerned about where to put all your furniture, don’t worry, we can do one room at a time. The benefit to using oils is that they allow us to blend them from room to room. If the adjoining room needs to be completed at a later stage, the blend looks as if it has all been done at the same time!
Costs including sanding start from £35 per square metre.
Keep in mind that this is just a benchmark and room size and repairs will need to be taken into account before final quotation.
How long does it take?
Another bonus to having an oil finish on your wood floor is that it is relatively speedy. You may have heard of lacquers which we do offer and love, but they take 4 hours to dry and 5 days to cure! Oils take only 3 hours to dry and 24 hours to cure, so you can get back to using your floor as quickly as possible.
Restoring wood floors without sanding
Historically, if your floor has been sanded multiple times and the top layer is thin we will only add an oil coat. Oil coatings from us are fully maintainable, much like a wooden worktop, every few years we will deep clean and reoil your floor to help protect from wear and dirt build up. You may also choose to have a re-oil only, if you don’t have the budget for the costly sanding process.
If you do not know what stage your floor is at, don’t worry – we can usually advise you on this.
We advise you to look after your floor carefully, otherwise, you may have to replace the floor or pay for a full sanding. We use Pallman when oiling floors and if you have further questions recommend reading their guides: http://pallmann.co.uk/contractors/5-steps-guides/
If you would like to discuss our oil finish wood floor maintenance packages or our one-off sanding and refinishing options, book a free, no-obligation quote by contacting Adam on 01444 810505.