When it comes to finishing your floor, there are plenty of choices available. An oil finish is just one of them. Offering plenty of benefits, it’s certainly well worth the investment. If you’re considering finishing your floor, but aren’t sure whether to go for wax, oil, or a lacquer, look no further. We’ve rounded up all the information you need to know about wood floor oil finish Liverpool, so you can make a well-informed decision about whether oil is the right finish for your beloved wood floor.

What is oil finish?

An oil finish is quite simply an oil-based liquid which is added to the floor after sanding or as a standalone treatment. They come in various different forms, so it’s best to speak to a flooring expert to get advice on which is best oil finish for your floor. Whether it’s a commercial or residential space you require finishing, oil has its benefits.

What are the benefits?


Without a doubt, protection is the biggest benefit to oil finish. All finishes protect the floor against stains, scratches and other forms of damage, and oil is a great option for this. The oil is in fact a little better than other types of finish such as lacquers or wax. That’s because the oil actually penetrates through the wood, rather than simply witting on its surface.

This means every inch of the wood benefits form extra protection rather than just at surface level. And the benefits don’t stop there. That protection is so powerful it can save you in the long term. You will undoubtedly save on having to pay for repair work after investing in an oil finish. It can make stains easier to clean up, as the liquid has to penetrate the finish before it can stain the wood itself. It’s even been known to help avoid liquid damage from red wine, coffee, and other stubborn spillages.

More natural effect

Compared to other types of finish, like lacquers, oil provides a much more natural finish. Lacquers often leave a glossy or shiny finish to the floor, which is a great option for some properties. However, if you’re looking for a more natural look and feel to your wood, oil is for you. Rather than altering your woods appearance, the oil is virtually invisible and offers the same level of protection, without leaving you with a shiny surface. This can be particularly important when you are looking to enhance the grains of wood, or when you have a patterned floor like parquet.

How much does oil finish cost?

Oil based finishes are often a little more expensive than other types of finish, but are well worth the investment. Unlike lacquers, oil finish doesn’t need to be sanded in order to remove the finish when it’s time to reapply it. This makes it much more cost effective in the long term as you won’t need to keep spending money having the floor sanded to remove the previous finish. You can also purchase products such as wood floor oil maintenance which can be added to the floor as part of your cleaning processes, which keep the oil topped up and the protection lasting longer.

How often does a floor need finishing?

This can often depend on what type of space the floor is in. For example, an oil finish in a restaurant, bar or hotel will need refinishing much sooner than in a residential property, as the amount of foot traffic which passes over it will be higher. This is because over time, as the floor is used, the finish will begin to wear away. But as we’ve mentioned before, oil maintenance products are perfect for helping to keep it topped up. As an estimate, oil finish on floors often needs replacing every three to five years but may last longer if maintained well.

Wood floor oil finish Liverpool

If you’re looking for help with oil finishes for your wooden floors, look no further. Our expert team are on hand to provide advice, recommendations, or a personalised quote. Call us on 0151 541 6277 or email info@floorsandingliverpool.co.uk