oil or varnish for wooden floors

oil or varnish for wooden floors

We use different varnishes and oils from the leading manufacturers in the world: Bona, Loba, Osmo, Junckers etc.

We will recommend the best product for your needs during the initial site visit.

The main difference between oils and varnishes is that the oil penetrates the wood and protects it from the inside, while the varnish is more like a protective plastic layer shield on top of the wood. Choosing the best product for your needs and maintaining it properly is essential and will substantially increase your floor’s life.

Pros and Cons of varnishes:


  • Long-lasting
  • Easy to maintain
  • It is easy to clean
  • Quick drying


  • It feels a bit more like plastic when touched
  • Touch-up repairs are more complicated
  • Coloured varnishes are not very durable
  • A different product is needed to colour the wood if necessary

Pros and Cons of oils:


  • More natural feel to the touch
  • Bring out the grain better than varnish.
  • Touch-up repairs are easier
  • Coloured oil is unbeaten in terms of quality compared to staining


  • It needs more maintenance (it needs to be polished/reoiled every year)
  • Slow drying (around 12 hours)
  • Less durable

I like the oil colours, but I need varnish durability. Is there a way to varnish oiled floors? 

With hybrid oils, there is a way to have the oil colour look and the durability of the varnish. Just keep in mind that the process takes more time because of the drying time, which makes this option a bit more expensive.


Q: I had an oiled floor from the factory and am not happy with it. It absorbs water and stains a lot.

A: Factory floors can sometimes be inadequate in terms of durability, especially when installed in high-traffic areas like kitchens, hallways or patios. The products we use are durable and, if maintained properly, will last for many years.

Q: Can I have my floor oiled because I like the floor to be flat, matt and natural?

A: You can, but keep in mind that you can also have it varnished with ultra-matt varnish, and it will have the same appearance and be much more durable than the oil.

Q: I have a pet. Is oil a good option for me?

A: The best option in your case will be a High Traffic varnish.

oil or varnish for wooden floors

oil or varnish for wooden floors

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