Oiling wood floors helps to enhance the overall appearance, as well as nourishing, protecting, and adding longevity.
But knowing where to start when it comes to wood floor finishing’s, can be quite daunting – especially if you’re a novice.
Although wood oils tend to be slightly less resilient than lacquers, they are easier to apply and maintain over time; and are better suited to those who prefer a more natural-looking finish.
Unlike a surface finish that sits on the top without soaking in, wood oils are absorbed into the wood, providing both internal and external protection and deepening the wood colour over time, as opposed to adding an artificial shine.
Other advantages over lacquer, include:
Authenticity – Wood oil soaks into the wood, emphasising its grain and bringing out the beauty of the timber, as opposed to a lacquered floor effect which appears more unnatural.
Going Green – Most wood oils are environmentally friendly.
Spot Repair – In the case of small surface scratches, a good quality oil can be recoated several times, resulting in a perfect finish, without the need for sanding.
Low VOCs – Toxic substances found in some floor finishes, VOCs are rumoured to lead to health problems. Most wood oils contain an extremely low amount of chemicals, compared with their polyurethane counterparts.
Stain Free – unlike urethane finishes, natural oil and hard wax oil finishes often come in a variety of tints, eliminating the need for stains.
Although the disadvantages of using wood oil aren’t significant, they have a slightly longer drying time than varnishes, and once cured they tend to remain semi-porous to spillages making recoating more necessary.
What Is the Best Oil for Wood Floors?
Oil sealer – Oil sealer is a good choice if you’re finishing your hard wood floors yourself. It’s relatively straightforward to apply, enhances the colour of the natural wood and allows time for touch ups later.
The main ingredient in oil sealer is tung oil – a naturally derived product that requires re-sealing every three to five years.
Hardwax Oil – Providing excellent protection, hardwax oil is easy to apply for a low-lustre finish, excellent protection, and a warm look. Due to low durability, hardwax oil requires reapplying every two to three years.
Which Oils Should You Use?
Whether it’s solid or engineered wood, we’d suggest using one of the following products:
GRANWAX Hardwax oil – Easy to apply – without the need for sanding in between coats – this oil can be left to retain its natural look or buffed up for a higher-sheen level.
Blanchon Cleare Maintenance Oil – Effective at reviving wood flooring, Blanchon is known for its quick drying qualities, has a pleasant smell and retains its matt look while bringing your floor back to life.
WOCA Hardwax Oil – Often used by professionals, this high-quality hardwearing oil is more expensive, but it provides a more effective result.
Bona Hardwax oil – One of the most popular waxes available, Bona dries quickly, is easy to apply and provides excellent coverage.
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