Many people prefer oiled wood flooring mainly due to its natural looking finishes, regardless of whether their floor is engineered or solid wood. Even though oiled flooring is less resistant to wear and tear than the likes of lacquered wood flooring, a well maintained oiled wooden flooring is highly versatile and practical.
One of the main reasons for the popularity of oiled wood flooring is its ability to enhance the natural beauty of the wood. It also makes its grain more visible and shiny. That said, it’s still important to keep this flooring in good condition to maintain its looks for years.
If your flooring has been properly oiled at the start of its life, its ongoing maintenance would be relatively stress free. You just need to vacuum it on a regular basis and give it a quick mop mover with a mildly damp, not wet mop. Usually there is no need to use any detergent for this purpose. But if you feel your floor has gone bit grubby, you can use a mild detergent in your cleaning water.
If you find your oiled floor is bit stained in places, it can be tackled by spot repairing. It involves light sanding of the stained floor patch and topping up with some oil finish on the resulting patch. However, in case the floor is heavily stained, the only option is to recoat it entirely.
For recoating the entire floor, it’s best to be organized if you’re planning to do this yourself. If you’re hiring professionals, all you need to do is to clear the room and leave everything to them. When clearing the room, avoid dragging furniture across your floor as this approach can damage the coating. As with every job of this natural, the success lies in proper preparation of the floor before recoating.
Better preparation will lead to better results.
If you’re planning to recoat yourself, you’ll need to lightly sand the wood flooring to remove damaged finish and the top layer of dirt grime. This also boosts the ability of wood to take the oil and to give even and nice surface to the floor. Once the floor is sanded, carefully remove all the dust from sanding before proceeding further with the recoating process. At this point, it’s important to fill up gaps and repair any damage.
Number of Coats
Depending upon your chosen oil finish, you may have to apply 1-2 coats, but its best to follow manufacturer’s instructions. Oil should be mixed thoroughly before you start and always work systematically along the boards of the floor. For rooms larger than 30 square meters, it’s best to treat the room in two separate sections, always working in from the edges towards the door.
You can easily tackle this task with the help of a brush to get right up to the edges and deep into the corners. When coating the main surface of the floor, you should always pour the oil in smaller quantities and spread it along the boards using a bladed scraper, ensuring you don’t leave any oil puddles on your floor.
Once the recoating process is over, follow all drying instructions provided by the manufacturer. It’s usually 20-25 minutes. After this, if necessary, go ahead and apply the second oil coat on wood flooring. Once the oil is dry to the touch, it should be wiped using a lint free cloth to remove any excess. Make sure your room is properly ventilated as this will speed up the drying process.
Experts recommend recoating (polyurethane) and re-oiling (penetrating oil) on regular basis. The exact time will depend upon the type and amount of traffic your floor receives and the level of care your floor is given between professional visits. More traffic leads to more wear, and more frequently your wooden floors should be done. It’s best to recoat your wood floors annually. This approach will ensure consistently clean and beautiful flooring.
How long will the whole process take?
The recoating process takes couple of hours. Depending upon the finish, it should be dry within 5-6 hours and these finishes are completely non-toxic. If you don’t wait too long, you can get best results with just one coat. Quick and easy! This quick and easy process can multiply the lifespan of all finishes. Recoating will definitely save you lots of money eliminating any need for future refinishing. You would be able to enjoy your floors for years without any hassle of periodic re–sanding.