Woods floors have been polished the same way for the last 150 years – linseed oil and then beeswax. None of the branded preparations on the market come close to achieving as good a finish or protection for your floor. Some things are just better done the old-fashioned way!
If your floorboards are brand new and beautiful do NOT let anyone put any form of varnish or treatment on them. If you want to colour the floor then use a water-based wood stain and allow it to dry completely. If you use an oil-based stain make sure that it doesn’t seal the wood in any way at all.
If your floorboards are old then everything must be stripped back to bare wood – don’t leave any varnish or sealant.
1. Start with clean, dust-free, bare wood
2. Your room needs to ideally be at a temperature of 15-25 degrees C – do NOT apply oil below 5 degrees.
3. Use a brush, sponge or roller to apply linseed oil liberally and evenly, and allow to dry. If after 10 minutes, ANY pools of oil remain then remove immediately with a clean sponge or rag, in order to obtain an even finish.
4. After 4-8 hours, depending on room temperature and humidity, apply a second coat using the same method as the first. Allow to dry.
5. The floor can then be polished. Apply a clear wax paste sparingly, using a dry, lint-free cloth, in circular or figure of eight motions.
6. Allow to stand for a few minutes before buffing to the desired finish using a separate dry, lint-free cloth.
7. One coat is normally sufficient but further coast can be applied if desired. Do NOT over apply!
8. Finish off with an electric polisher.
Maintenance: twice a year with floor wax and an electric polish is all that is needed.