These natural oils and waxes will help extend the life of wooden floors and furniture and keep them looking their best.
Your wooden floor needs lots of tender, loving care. Here’s why you need to look after your precious floor, and how to go about keeping it in perfect condition.
Keep your floor happy
A solid wood or engineered wood floor is a considerable investment. It’s one worth making – they add value and deliver a timeless look that’s simultaneously contemporary and classic. And if you’ve made that investment, it makes sense to keep your floor in great condition.
It’s a relatively simple process – not the high-maintenance job some might think. But wooden floors can be thirsty things, and if you want to preserve the finish it had when you first installed it, you’ll need to give it a drink from time to time.
There are a couple of options for preserving and treating your floor, with lacquering one approach, and oils or hard wax oils another. The latter is preferable in many ways because lacquer sits on top like a protective film and, if damaged, requires you to re-sand and re-lacquer the floor.
If you apply an oiled finish, using a hard wax oil, it penetrates the wood. This gives a more natural-looking finish, and it also means that should there be an issue with the floor, you only have to treat that small part of it – not the whole floor. Because your floor has drunk up the oil you’ve applied, it doesn’t drink up other moisture such as water spills.
Go with the grain
By using a product such as Osmo Polyx-Oil, developed from natural oils and waxes to provide the most hardwearing and durable protection for wooden flooring and furniture, you’ll preserve the grain of your wood. It’s simple to apply – there’s no need to sand – and the wood remains microporous, meaning it can breathe. As an added bonus, it becomes anti-static and so is less a magnet for dirt and dust. It’s also high coverage, allowing you to cover more floor or furniture than other finishing systems.
With matt, semi-matt, glossy and satin finishes available, your fantastic floor can have the look you desire, the gorgeous grain to the fore.