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How should you repair an oiled floor?

During the service life of your floor, there’s a good chance that you’ll damage it. You should repair your oiled floor yourself or call on a floor repair professional. The good news is that if your oiled wood slats have minor damage and you have a bit of manual dexterity, it will be possible for you to repair them. Please note that if your oil-treated batten or parquet floor has sustained major damage, the user guide below will not allow you to repair your surface. If you want to refurbish your oiled hardwood boards or carry out a repair according to industry standards, we’ll be happy to advise you. Together, we’ll find the solution that suits your needs the best. Contact us for more information about our floor sanding services, or feel free to browse our website.

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Oiled floor repair guide

Please note that if the scratches on your oiled wood flooring don’t run deeply into the boards, you can skip directly to the step that involves applying the impregnating oil and the satin finishing oil.

To repair your oiled floor, follow the steps below:

When your wood is pressed in and/or indented by a scratch, you should apply some wood putty to the affected area with a spatula. Take the usual precautions to carry out a local application, being careful not to put it aside. Wait for the putty to dry completely.
Gently sand the area where you’ve spread the wood putty. Use 120-grit sandpaper to even out the surface. We recommend breaking the grit of the sandpaper slightly before starting the repair of your oiled floor. To do this, gently rub the abrasive part of two sheets of sandpaper together.
You should always use floor oils that are compatible with each other. We recommend using the same products that were initially used on your floor. Apply a thin layer of impregnating oil (neutral or coloured) with a cloth or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and wipe off the excess with a cloth. It’s better to only use a little and then add some until you have the right shade. Let dry for 6 hours.
Finish your repair by applying a thin layer of satin finishing oil. Use a cloth or follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to perform an even application. Wait about 15 to 20 minutes, then scrub with 00-grade steel wool to crystallize the touched-up surface. Let dry for a few hours before allowing light traffic to resume.

Please note that oiled floor repairs are always made in the direction of the slats and/or grain of the wood.

Tip: If you apply the impregnating oil to the scratch and it doesn’t penetrate or doesn’t colour the affected area, rub the area in question gently with a damp cloth (water) to open the pores of the wood and encourage the penetration of the oil.

If you’re unable to perform the touch-ups to your natural oil-coated floor yourself, contact us and take advantage of our recognized experience in oiled floors.

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