Maintenance of your oiled wooden floor

An oiled wooden floor is really something else - a beautiful backdrop to your interior design. An oiled wooden floor can stay beautiful and retain its unique lustre for many years if you treat it with care and follow the correct maintenance regime. Read how to care for and extend the life of your oiled wooden floor.

Recommended products for maintaining your oiled wooden floor

Why you should care for your olied wood floor

We recommend applying Junckers MAINTENANCE OIL before you start using the floor.

  • You give the floor an extra layer of protection if you tend to clean your floor frequently
  • You protect the floor from scratches, especially on darker wood species
  • You will be able to "spot repair" specific areas of your floor, i.e. corridors and particularly exposed areas
  • You avoid your floor drying out

When to maintain your oiled wooden floor

Your oiled wooden floor will stay beautiful and keep its hardwearing surface if you treat it with Junckers MAINTENANCE OIL.

If you wash your floor with Junckers FLOOR CLEANER regulary, it will, in most cases, be surficient to apply Junckers MAINTENANCE OIL two-three times a year. If your floor is not exposed to frequent wear and cleaning, once a year should be sufficient. 

If the surface is not sound and stable the floor should be sanded first, followed by application of one of Junckers' priming oils. Find out how to sand and treat your floor here.

Guide: How to maintain your oiled wooden floor

You can use Junckers MAINTENANCE OIL on the entire surface of the floor or use it for spot repairing areas with more wear, such as walking lanes and other areas which see higher trafic. MAINTENANCE OIL is easy to apply and fast drying - the floor is ready for use after 30 to 60 minutes. The oil protects the surface, restores a uniform sheen to the floor and reduces the effects of scratches and abrasions.

The existing oil treated floor surface must be intact and carried out with one of Junckers' floor oil products. 

This is what you need:

  • Junckers NEUTRALIZER, a bucket with warm water and a cloth for cleaning
  • Flat cotton floor mop or cotton floor cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner

2 | A light sanding

Sand the floor with sandpaper grit 180-240 or use a polishing machine equipped with a corresponding pad.

3 | Remove sanding dust and clean the surface.

Remove sanding dust with a vacuum cleaner and sweep the floor with a well-wrung, clean cloth. Let the floor dry thoroughly.

Daily cleaning of a wooden floor

For daily use, it is only necessary to vacuum or swiftly clean the floor with a clean, well-wrung.

Should the floor need to be washed, we recommend using Junckers FLOOR CLEANER.

Cleaning of a wooden floor

Oil treatment of a wooden floor

If the oiled surface of your wood floor has worn off, it requires sanding and new coat of one of Junckers' floor oil products. 

Oil treatment of a wooden floor

FAQs and tips on how to care for an oiled wooden floor

The lifespan of a wood floor depends on how you treat it. If you take good care of your floor with regular cleaning and maintenenace, the wood itself will not become worn, just the surface treatment i.e. the oil or lacquer finish.
If treated with care, a wooden floor will last for generations. Treating your floor with Junckers' Refresher or Rustic Oil at regular intervals will make sure you are able to enjoy your floor for many decades.

Some areas of the home may see more use and traffic and will therefore require more maintenance. Wooden floors in entrance halls and kitchens will typically show more wear than the floor in a living room or bedroom. If there are pets and children in the home, the floor may also see a little more wear.

To ensure the life of your floor is as long as possible, it is important to make sure it is not exposed to excessive water or unnaturally high humidity.

Daily cleaning is simple.

You only need to vacuum, sweep or wipe the wooden floor with a clean, well-wrung cloth or mop. Use as little water as possible. Too much water may damage your floor.

Use only detergents and care products suitable for oiled wooden floors. Using the wrong cleaning products can damage the floor.

If your wooden floor has acquired a grey tinge even though it has just been washed, it may be because when washing the floor you rinse the cloth or mop in water that is not clean. This can lead to dirt being spread all over the wooden floor, which may take on a grey tinge. A simple way to get round this problem is by using two buckets when you clean your floor - one with clean, soapy water, and another for wringing the water out of your cloth of mop.

One of the areas where your wooden floor is most exposed to wear and tear is by doors to the outside. Adding a doormat as you enter, be it an entrance hall or garden room, is a very effective way of protecting the floor against small stone, grit, dirt and moisture.

You can also minimise daily wear and tear of your floor under the dining table where chairs are pulled in an out as you sit down or get up by placing a rug under your table. 

One of the most important things you can do to keep your floor looking great is to protect it. Using cushioned felt pads under your furniture will prevent marks, scratches or wear and tear. A chair, for example, will inevitably leave marks and scratchs over time if it is pulled in and out of a table. The scratches may eventually wear through the protective coats of lacquer or oil leaving the bare wood exposed to damage. Adding cushioned felt pads to the bottom of furniture legs and bases is one of the easiest things you can do to prevent this for happening.