Oiling the floor – pros and cons
In the past, wooden floors were most commonly protected with oil, covering paints or transparent, shiny lacquers. For a few years now, another method of wood treatment has been gaining popularity, namely oiling. Not only are the oil-protected floorboards or parquet silky smooth, Damp resistant and Natural-looking, but it can also be done on your own.
Advantages of oiling
Advantages of oiling the floor:
- it preserves the floorboards (the oils penetrate them deeply, hence why the floor does not contract, creek or resile);
- it emphasises the tree rings and Enhances their colour;
- the floor is Damp resistant, thus making it suitable to apply in the kitchen and bathroom;
- individual scratches can be fixed (the whole floor does not have to be renovated);
- it does not make the floor slippery.
Disadvantages of oiling
- floor oiling is more Expensive to maintain (the floor gets dirty quicker and requires special products in order to clean it);
- the floors need to be renewed every few years (the oil oxidises), while lacquer leaves a Protective layer for longer;
- oils expose all imperfections, hence why it is especially important to carefully prepare the floor for the oil layer – it needs to be perfectly clean and levelled.
This technique of applying oil on a wooden floor is easier than Hot oiling and does not require any special equipment. The oil has to be applied evenly to the secured floor surface. After about half an hour, when the oil is absorbed into the wood, the excess has to be wiped with a cloth, while using circular motions.
After the oil layer has dried (the drying times should be on the packaging – usually it takes around 12 hours), the floor surface needs to be sanded using a 180-220 grit sandpaper and cleared of dust. Next, another layer of oil can be applied.
Sometimes, while using certain kinds of oil or wood, the excess is found on the front and side surfaces of the wood. In that case, after 2-3 hours the oil has to be rubbed in again. To do that, a piece of carpet, for example, can be used, which will also be used for final polishing of the surface.
Hot oiling a wooden floor is done with the use of a device called a thermopad. The oil, heated to 80°C is rubbed into the floor, penetrating the floor deeply and drying faster. Another layer can be applied after approximately 3 hours.
How long does the wooden floor take to dry after oiling?
How long the oiled floor will take to dry depends on the kind of wood, oil and how you apply the oil. A hot oiled floor polished with thermopad will dry faster. In this case, an average time to dry is less than 10 days. A cold oiled floor will take Longer to dry – even 14 days.
We have to take into account that applying oil to already oily kinds of wood will take very long to dry, even 2 weeks.