Last modified: 2020-04-16 | Approximate reading time 3 mins
A lot of homeowners still opt for the application of oil on their floor, whether it’s in the kitchen, the bedroom or the living room. Given its ability to bring out the grain of the wood and to let is natural charm shine trough, an oiled floor is certainly a must.
However, to be able to get the best out of it, you still have to be able to maintain and preserve it over the years. This is why we've decided to cover this subject in an article.
Apart from the aforementioned advice, it should be mentioned that the preservation of oiled floors requires to take a few precautions. First of all, avoid cleaning your oiled floor with a lot of water, as it could penetrate inside the floor, causing it to warp.
Following this, avoid using degreasing products, waxes or all-purpose cleaners on your floor, because they can permanently damage its finish.
Thirdly, be careful with anything that might scratch or mark the floor. Among them, think about high heels, chair legs or the claws of pets. Take steps to prevent them from being a problem by keeping your high-heel shoes for outdoor use, installing small cushions under the legs of your chairs and trimming your pet's claws.
Lastly, keep in mind that you need to be especially careful with little rocks or sand particles, which can be brought inside your home when you return from the outside. Rubbing these small particles on the floor can have an abrasive effect and severely damage your floor.
If you recently applied oil on your floor, a first precaution is necessary: you should not use a cleaning product on it and avoid spilling any type of liquid. Not following these recommendations may cause the floor to warp or may lead to the apparition of stains. In either case, the damage will be considerable and probably irreversible.
Following this warning, we have to start by outlining the fact that to guarantee the proper maintenance of your floor, it will be necessary to apply another coat of oil as soon as signs of wear appear on its surface. It is generally recommended to reapply a layer of oil every 3 or 5 years.
If you have a dyed floor, start by taking a look at its colour. If it's not consistent, you will have to fix the situation. Begin by softly sanding the affected sections. Following that, apply a coloured oil on them. Before moving forward with your project, let your floor dry for 24 hours.
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As a bit of advice and whenever possible, remind yourself that it’s always better to remain true to the same brand used during the first application. Indeed, you should know that the composition of the different products on the market is variable from one product to another, which could lead to adverse effects.
Finally, you can start the application of this new layer of oil, which will act to ensure the preservation of your floor. Start this process by sanding your floor, making sure to focus on busier areas such as corridors.
Once this step is completed, clean the areas with a product that is specifically-designed for oiled floors. Before you start applying the oil, make sure the temperature is adequate. Indeed, applying oil during very hot weather is not recommended. An ambient temperature (around 20 degrees) is ideal.
To apply oil, use a soft cloth or an applicator designed for this purpose. Treat only one section at a time and make sure to always spread the oil in the same direction as the strips of wood so that the result is consistent. Keep in mind that it’s important to apply two thin layers of oil to get the best result possible. Finally, let everything dry for 24 hours before walking on your floor.
If you spot little stains on the surface of your floor, use a slightly damp mop and rub vigorously. In doing so, your floor will regain a nice look and you will only have to apply a restoration product to make the lustre of your floor even.
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