Add a layer of oil to maintain an oiled floor
When you have an oiled floor, you have to keep it in good condition. In the medium or long term, when your oiled wood floor starts to show signs of wear and tear, it’s necessary to maintain and restore it by adding a layer of oil. Caring for an oiled floor in the long term is advantageous, since applying oil requires a lighter sanding compared to a floor that has been varnished. You can read the instructions below and try to apply one or two layers of oil to your floor by yourself. To make sure that you’re getting a quality job, you can call on L’Artisan du Plancher Montréal, a benchmark company in floor restoration. We have an in-depth knowledge of natural oils for wood, and we can travel all over Greater Montréal. You can contact us without any commitment to receive a free estimate.
Consult the steps below to learn how to apply the oil. Once the oil is restored, keep in mind that it’s important to vacuum regularly to remove abrasive dirt. For regular cleaning, use cleaning products for oiled floors. Be careful not to overuse liquid substances – such as water – on the oiled finish; otherwise, you risk damaging and having to touch up the finish again.
1- For a stained floor: First, make sure that there aren’t any spots where the colour is faded. If you notice unprotected slats, just sand them lightly with the right grade of sandpaper. Then, apply a coloured oil to the areas that you want to repair.
2- Let the oil dry for 24 hrs. at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and a relative humidity of 50%. For a good result, always use products that are compatible with each other. Use the same natural oils that you used before on your wood. If you must buy others, seek out the same natural oil supplier.
3- If you don’t have a stained floor, steps 1 and 2 are not required. You can skip directly to step 4.
4- Use 150-grade sandpaper to sand your floor. Sand lower-traffic areas lightly and higher-traffic areas more firmly. Please note that this operation is not intended to completely remove the oil from your floor, but to roughen it to make the surface more adherent.
5- Then, clean the areas that you want to restore with a cleaning product for oiled floors. Degreasing products must never be used on an oiled finish. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer.
6- You’re now ready to apply your finishing oil to the surfaces that you’d like to treat. But first, you have to make sure that there’s no light or intense heat that could damage the application of the natural oil. Otherwise, cover the windows that are bothering you and air-condition your house to achieve the appropriate conditions.
7- If you’re not using a polisher with steel wool to apply your floor coating, you can use an applicator or a cloth. To prevent the oil from drying too quickly, we recommend treating only small dimensions at a time.
8- Always spread your oil in the direction of the wooden slats and never leave excess on your wood. We recommend applying two very thin layers of oil instead of a single thicker layer.
9- Let dry for 24 hours. To learn how to care for an oiled floor on a day-to-day basis, follow our Oiled Floor Maintenance Guide.
10- Now you just have to put away the equipment used to apply the oil. But first, soak it in a bucket of water for 24 hours to prevent the risks of spontaneous combustion.
Over time, pay attention to signs of wear and tear that may appear on the surface of the treated wood. Make sure that the protective coating is present in sufficient quantities so that the hardwood (or softwood) remains protected. The frequency of oiling will depend on how much your floor is used: a high traffic volume will require the addition of a layer of oil more often (around every two to three years), while a low traffic volume will require less maintenance (around every five to seven years).
To care for your floors, we recommend taking certain precautions, such as taking off your shoes, wearing slippers, cutting your pets’ nails and wiping off their paws before entering, installing felt under the furniture, etc.
And that’s it! Nothing could be simpler than caring for an oiled floor. Now it’s your turn!