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Oiled finish wood flooring has become an increasingly popular choice for most homeowners and flooring companies. It is easy to apply, gives almost foolproof results, require no applicators beyond a rag and leaves wood looking both rich and natural. Flooring companies love the oil because it adapts perfectly to finishing wood still turning on the lathe. It gives a pleasing natural and warm look and helps make the real character of the wood stand out without any “plastic” shine. A hardwearing option – when maintained correctly, looks beautiful and adds a touch of sophistication to any room. Tamalpais Hardwood Floor can help you with oiling and maintenance. Click here to see our projects to see how it looks in real life. 

Treatment with wood oil is perfect for anyone who is seeking to retain and enhance the natural good looks. 


Wood Oil

Oil is made of molecules small enough to seep down into the wood rather than merely sit on top. As a result, oil makes wood look richer and more translucent without adding a film on the surface. Flooring companies say that wood may lose natural oils through exposure, age, and general wear and tear. Wood oil penetrates the wood, seeping in to replace and replenish it.

It can also revive a wooden surface natural color, bringing it ‘back to life’. Wood oil treatment can transform furniture, yacht decking and more. Many hotel lobbies’ secret is well-oiled surfaces that offer an authentically richly toned, warm and cosy ambiance.

By applying layers of wood oil, you are building up a durable and lustrous surface finish that can seal wooden floors and exposed surfaces. Once dried, you can easily maintain wooden surfaces and keep it looking rejuvenated and ‘healthy’.


Types of Oils

There are two different types of oils that woodworkers use: drying and non-drying oils. Drying oils will change from liquid to a solid film when exposed to oxygen in the air. Nut oils (boiled linseed, tung, etc.) are drying oils, but vegetable (peanut, olive) and mineral oils are non-drying. Edible mineral oil is popular on food contact items, like cutting boards. However, non-drying oils stay wet indefinitely, and they will wash off when the board is scrubbed with soap and water. Because they do not dry to a solid film, non-drying oils are a wood treatment, but not a finish. The most common and least expensive of the drying oils is boiled linseed oil. Tung oil dries a little bit faster than linseed oil, and sometimes it cures even more quickly.


Why Oil is the Best Option

if you’re thinking of a hardwood oil floor, this presents its own different set of considerations. Oil doesn’t coat wood on top with a hard, protective layer. Instead, it actually soaks into the wood, and bonds with it at a molecular level, strengthening it. It makes it naturally more durable and resistant to liquids. So that they bead on top rather than soaking into the wood itself. When you see the first scratch, it is then possible to sand locally and simply oil again.



If an oiled finish is your choice of wood flooring, it’s crucial to keep the coating of your flooring in proper condition. You need to oil it regularly and minimize the risk of scratches, scrapes, and chips. Keeping your newly oiled floor looking fresh and revitalized is easy. You need to keep the floor free of dirt and dust to protect the coating on your floor. Dust and grit are the worst on oil coated wood floors. They act as an abrasive, serving to remove the oil coating and leave your wood flooring exposed. Sweep your floor daily to remove dirt and dust. Flooring companies recommend to clean it with a microfibre cloth and wood floor cleaning spray on a weekly basis.

To prevent scratches and damage to your floor flooring companies recommend always remove shoes and footwear before walking on the floor. It is good to apply anti-scratch felt pads to the bottom of furniture. Also, wipe up any water spills straight away. How frequently the floor requires cleaning will ultimately determine the regularity of re-oiling or oil refreshing. High traffic areas like a kitchen might need reapplication after 2-3 years. Low foot traffic areas, like guest rooms or reading rooms, might not need another reapplication for 15 years.


Flooring Companies Tip on How to Oil Your Wood Flooring?

To ensure that there are no pigment lumps in the oil solution make sure you mixed oils properly. Then, leave the oil to rest for a couple of minutes to ensure all air bubbles disappear before use. Better use either a microfiber roller or a natural bristle hard quality brush. When the oil is ready to start off by spreading the oil on your floor. It is important to have a plan of how you are going to leave the room.

Start off by oiling the corners and work your way towards the exit. You have to spread the oil evenly using a feathering technique to ensure no brush marks are left behind.

If you want a more polished finish, then you can buff the floor using a buffer to create a very smooth surface. Further, it will reflect the light.

When you complete the oiling or buffing, it is time to wipe away any excess oil using a soft cloth.

This ensures that you leave no puddles of oil to rest on the wood’s surface. Leave the first coat to dry for around 12 hours before repeating the same process.

You only need to apply 2 coats of oil and after the second coat leave the floor for a further 12 hours to dry and settle.


If you are wondering what an unfinished walnut floor looks like once it has been oiled, have a look at this short clip.

This is an unfinished, rustic, engineered walnut floor being oiled and polished. Have any questions? Call us today 415. 459. 1800 We are happy to answer questions for your upcoming project.