Wooden floor - better seal or oil?

Sometimes it is a real question of faith if the new wooden floor should be sealed with a varnish in a really durable way or if it is better to naturally let it in with a wood oil? Both methods are not overly laborious and preserve the look of the grain of the wood. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of the two methods.

Sealing or maintaining

First of all, it should be noted that an oiled wooden floor is also sealed. But sealing with a wood oil is much gentler and more permeable than a real varnish. First of all, you should illuminate your own living situation. In the entrance area, for example, the wooden floor is better protected with a varnish than with wood oil.

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Advantages of varnish

The sealing with varnish is comprehensive and complete. The pores of the wood are literally sealed against moisture and dirt. So nothing can penetrate the wood. Whether red wine, wet mud or baby food, you can simply wipe off all dirt on a lacquered floor.

Benefits of Oil

The look of the wood remains completely unchanged. On the contrary, the color of the grain is even fired up and supported. The breathable surface of the wood is completely retained when it is let in with wood oil.

Switching between oil and varnish

You don't necessarily have to make the decision for oil or varnish forever. But changing the individual surface treatments is not easy. With both variants, the floor must be sanded down thoroughly. Since the lacquer does not penetrate so deeply into the wood, sanding can still be carried out quite well here. However, the oil is absorbed very deeply into the wood, as it acts like a nourishing cream. Therefore, the wood has to be sanded down quite a bit before a previously oiled floor can now be painted.

Seal or oil the wooden floor step by step

  • Wood oil / varnish
  • Rubber lip
  • Paint roller / brush
  • Lacquer bowl

1. Sanding down

The floor must be sanded down beforehand for both types of sealing. With different grain sizes you work your way up to a grain size of 120 or 150. After that, the floor needs to be cleaned.

2. Apply oil or varnish

In principle, the oil and the varnish are also applied in the same way. However, you should work very sparingly with the varnish and be more generous with the sealant when applying oil. In both cases, always work with the grain and leave one floor board after the other in completely. If you set it down on a board, edges will appear that will later be visible.

3. Remove excess oil

The oil must soak into the wood for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then the excess is pulled off with a rubber lip and picked up with soft cotton towels.

4th. Polishing or painting

After removing the excess, you can easily rework the oiled floor with soft polishing sponges. You can paint the painted floor a second time after the drying time. The wooden floor is sealed even more durable.

Tips & Tricks If you absolutely cannot decide between oil and varnish, wood wax may be the right choice for you. It seals the wood even better than wood oil, but is not as unnatural as varnish. Wax is basically the perfect middle ground.