Hardwood Flooring Sussex – Oil Coatings & Maintenance

So, you have your brand new and freshly sanded hardwood flooring in Sussex, but now you’re wondering how to maintain it?

Installing a hardwood floor is a long-term commitment, unlike carpet or other laminate flooring options which are easy but don’t look nearly as nice, a beautifully laid wood floor that has a character all of its own that needs to be maintained to keep it looking as good as the day it was installed.

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Hardwood Flooring Sussex – Maintaining Your Flooring

All types of flooring require maintenance, but if you’re new to hardwood floors, there can be a bit of a learning curve.

When it comes to maintenance, you typically have two primary options: lacquers and oils. At Sussex Floor Restoration, our preference is to use oils for maintenance. This choice offers several advantages over lacquer finishes, which often require costly and disruptive replacement every 5-10 years.

Using oil is a traditional method for finishing and protecting wood that has been employed for thousands of years. The reason it remains so popular is its long-lasting nature, and it won’t diminish the natural beauty and grain of the wood you’re using.

Oils For Hardwood Floors

We use specially formulated oils to enhance the long-term appearance of your floor, and many of these oils are suitable for recently sanded floors as well.

The flooring in any area of your home, workplace, or hall can undergo considerable wear and tear, even on the best of days. Chairs, shoes, equipment, furniture – all these factors exert pressure on your flooring and can result in unsightly scratches and dents, particularly on lacquered floors.

Oiled flooring helps minimise these imperfections and offers extended protection against accidental water spills and scratches. Oil coatings on hardwood floors are entirely maintainable, requiring a touch-up or re-oiling every few years to ensure they remain in good condition and guard against the accumulation of dirt.

Reoils, Sanding, and Cleaning

Reoiling typically involves a thorough cleaning process that rejuvenates the appearance of your flooring, allowing the natural beauty of the wood grain to shine through. When executed correctly, an oil touch-up or reoiling can provide long-lasting protection to your flooring, sparing you the expense of a full resanding.

As an added benefit, if your flooring has undergone multiple resanding processes and is nearing the end of its sanding lifespan, reoiling can effectively prolong the wood’s durability, delaying the need for a new floor.

To ensure that your oiled hardwood floors remain in the best possible condition, some maintenance is necessary. This practical five-step guide for caring for your oiled wood floor provides all the information you need to keep your flooring in excellent condition, especially if you wish to avoid the need for resanding your Sussex hardwood floor, both now and in the future.

Oil Application and Touch-Ups

The last benefit of oils that we’ll touch on is how oils can be applied to your flooring in stages.

For most of our Sussex based flooring customers, whether they are homeowners, schools, or even offices, the very idea of needing to have their entire flooring sorted out fills them with dread! Moving all of the furniture and then having the room or area off-limits for the best part of a day or more while things dry can cause a huge amount of disruption, especially for commercial clients for which time is money!

With lacquers, you’ll be looking at waiting 4 hours for the lacquer to dry and up to 5 days for it to cure, time that most people just don’t have. Added to that it’s very hard to blend lacquers and you’ll usually need to do the entire room or area at the same time to ensure an even finish.

With oils, that worry is a thing of the past! Oils take around 3 hours to dry and a further 24 hours to cure, using a single coat or two coat product, and we can blend in oiled areas much easier, meaning you can have sections done at a time rather than needing to clear the entire area at once.

Hardwood Flooring Sussex – Maintenance and Floor Restoration

Here at Sussex Flooring Restoration, we do offer both lacquered and oiled finishes for our hardwood flooring and parquet flooring restoration options.

For some customers, lacquering is actually better than oiling, but we take every one of our customers on a case by case basis, ensuring that you get the right finish for your room or area and your lifestyle.

Give our friendly team a call today on 01444 810505 to discuss your Sussex hardwood floor and it’s requirements, or click here to send us a message.

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