Refurbish of oil-treated floors
A wooden floor with a oiled finish is easy to live with, easy to clean and with proper care it will last for a lifetime. At some point in its long life it will most probably be necessary to treat the floor to a sand and re-oiling as part of an effective manitenance scheme.
Follow our step by step guide to treating your wooden floor with oil.
Recommended products for renovating your oiled wooden floor
What does renovating an oil-treated wooden floor entail?
Renovating your oil-treated floor means sandong it and re-treating the wood. In the majority of cases, the need to renovate is based on the wear and tear your floor is exposed to and how well you clean and maintain it.
When renovating your floor, it is important to know whether or not your floor is made of solid wood. If you have a solid wood floor, you will be able to sand it many more times than, for example, an engineered wood floor.
Junckers solid wood floors can be sanded as following:
- 14mm thick wood floor – 5 times
- 15mm thick wood floor – 6 times
- 20.5mm thick wood floor – 8-10 times
- 22mm thick wood floor – 8-10 times
If you are unsure whether or not your floor is made in solid wood and can be sanded, it is a good idea to contact a professional floor sander.
When should I renovate my wooden floor?
When the oiled surface has been worn off your floor, or the surface of the floor is scratched and damaged, it is time to renovate your floor by sanding it and giving it a fresh, new surface treatment.
Why should I choose oil for my wooden floor?
An untreated or newly sanded wooden floor can easily become dull once you start using it due to general dirt and wear. An oil treatment of your floor will protect it and at the same time adding a beautiful glow to the timber and a hardwearing surface.
The benefits of an oil-treated floor:
- A wooden floor with a classic appearance. You can choose from many different colours, to emphasise the character of your home.
- A wooden floor which is easy to clean using Junckers SylvaCleaner
- A wooden floor that can be spot repaired in areas where there is high traffic. (With a lacquered wooden floor, you will not be able to spot repair, the whole floor has to be sanded and refinished.)
Guide: How to oil your floor
- Vacuum cleaner
- Sanding machine with sandpaper grit 100-120 and sandpaper grit 180-220.
- Clean, lint-free cloths, polishing machine fitted with a white nylon pad, plus a green or black nylon pad
- Junckers Rustic Oil
Priming of untreated/sanded wood
1 | Before priming
Ensure the surface is absolutely clean, dry and free from dust, wax, grease, polish etc. Any irregularities can be removed by sanding in the direction of the wood grain, longitudinally along the floorboards. Final sanding should be conducted with sandpaper grit 100-120.
2 | Vacuum sanding dust
3 | Moistening the surface prior to oiling - recommended
This improves oil saturation and provides a uniform appearance. Use a damp cloth and make sure that the floor is evenly and visibly dampened. Leave to dry until the surface no longer feels damp.
We recommend dividing larger areas into smaller, more manageable sections which can be oiled in 30 minutes. Make sure any overlapping edges between the oiled areas do not dry out during treatment.
Finishing with Rustic Oil
1 | Sand or scour the surface carefully with fine sandpaper grit 180-220 or a green or black nylon pad.
2 | Vacuum sanding dust
3 | Apply one coat of Rustic Oil
4 | Make sure the surface is saturated, then polish with a clean, lint-free cloth until the floor feels dry
5 | Any oil which has not been absorbed must be removed within 30 minutes of application
Maintenance of oiled wooden floors
Once you have oiled your wooden floor with Junckers Rustic Oil, your floor will benefit from being treated with Junckers Top Oil two or three times a year. With this method, you will keep your wooden floor looking beautiful for a long time, the wood will remain protected and in optimal condition.
Daily cleaning of an oiled wooden floor
Dry cleaning is the best way to clean hardwood floors. Vacuum and sweep the wood floor regularly and if needed, clean the wood floor with a well-wrung damp cloth or damp mop.
If the floor is dirty, we recommend using Junckers SylvaCleaner.
FAQs and tips on how to care for an oil-treated wooden floor
Can I sand my hardwood floors myself? add
Sanding wooden floors is a skilled job and we always recommend contacting a professional flooring contractor. As well as getting a perfect finish with a sanding machine, an experienced professional will know what finishing treatment works with what wood to achieve the desired finish, knowledge which takes years of expertise and finesse.