Advantages and disadvantages of oiled parquet floor

Oiled parquet is open-pored and allows the wooden surface to breathe. Modern parquet oils and waxes protect the parquet surface very well and are hardly noticeable on painted surfaces. However, the maintenance effort is significantly higher, which is compensated by the advantage of partial workup.

Oil and wax in interaction

The principle of open-pored sealing consists of saturating the wood pores in the parquet with oil and then applying a protective breathable wax layer.

Oiled parquet has more and more surface irregularities than varnished parquet. For very finely drawn light-colored woods, this can be more annoying than with darker or heavily textured surfaces.

The open wood has an additional regulating effect on the indoor climate as it absorbs and releases humidity. This property is appreciated by many parquet owners.

The parquet oils and waxes can, depending on the wood species and ingredients support the characteristic woody odor or develop their own fragrance notes that are perceived by many people as pleasant and comfortable.

Nursing intensity and work-up

Oiled parquet stains more easily than a floor covering sealed with varnish. Depending on the load, the oiled parquet must be worked up two to six times a year.

By using parquet oils with color pigment addition, oiled parquets can be post-dyed and, for example, faded areas darkened.

Dirt and stains can be partially repaired with oiled parquet. Heavily damaged running paths or stains caused by liquids are simply sanded off and re-oiled.

There are waxes with different gloss values. A high-gloss wax, which is worked up with a plate polishing machine, develops a gloss corresponding to the paint and usually has anti-slip properties.

Solvent-free products

Especially for ecologically interested people are completely pollution-free parquet oils and waxes available exclusively on a natural basis. Linseed oil and beeswax are typical examples.

Curing Oils contain chemical additives, usually synthetic resins, which aid in the drying process. Hard wax oils and hard waxes are usually mixed with solvents, but there are special manufacturers who offer all parquet oils and waxes without chemical additives.

Tips & Tricks

The exhalations of freshly oiled parquet surfaces last longer if the solvents contain no solvents. While solvents and hardening and thus evaporation are usually completed after no more than five days, parquet oils can be used for up to two weeks on a 100% raw material basis.

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