How to Oil Hardwood Floors


Hardwood floors offer an attractive and low-maintenance flooring option when properly protected with a finish, but over the course of time become dull and lose their luster. Oil-based finishes are among the most popular because they both protect and extend the life of the floor. Sand the floor before applying the oil-based finish. Oil a hardwood floor as needed to maintain its shiny appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Sponge
  • Scouring pad
  • Rags
  • Cloths
  • Spray bottle
  • Mop
  • Lemon oil
  • White vinegar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Clean the floor thoroughly. Vacuum up any dirt, dust or debris.

  • Remove any scratches by scrubbing them with a sponge or scouring pad dampened with lemon oil. Scrub the scratches gently.

  • Mix a solution of equal parts of white vinegar and vegetable oil in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle to combine the solution.

  • Spray the solution onto the hardwood floor. Spray one section of your floor at a time. Rub the solution into the floor's finish with a cotton cloth or rag. Applying the solution by hand is the best method, but you can also do it with a mop. Pour some of the solution onto the mop and rub it into the floor.

  • Blot up any excess solution with a rag.

  • Repeat the entire process, if necessary.

  • Buff your floor until it has a shiny appearance.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you prefer, work the solution into the floor with a wax applicator.
  • Spread the oil solution evenly on the floor.

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