Caring For French White Oak Floors: Tips And Tricks

Posted on: 9 June 2020

If you have white oak flooring in your home, you're certainly in luck. Genuine French white oak flooring brings natural beauty to your home and is extremely durable. Furthermore, even if it does become damaged or worn over time, it can be sanded and refinished to restore its original elegance. French white oak, like most oak, is pretty easy to care for — but there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind to keep your floors looking their best for years to come.

Hide Surface Scratches With Coconut Oil

Even when properly sealed, oak floors can be prone to minor surface scratching over time. Concealing these scratches not only maintains the beauty of your floors but prevents the scratches from getting worse. There are plenty of ways to fill or conceal a scratch in your French white oak flooring, but one of the best methods is to apply a small amount of coconut oil to the affected area. There are also special blending markers that are designed to fill minor scratches in oak flooring. And of course, you can always protect your flooring from future scratches by using furniture pads on your chairs and tables.

Know How to Properly Clean Oak Flooring

Keeping your oak floors clean will prolong their beauty and durability. One of the easiest things you can do to care for your oak flooring is to simply sweep at least once every few days. By sweeping, you'll be removing debris that could otherwise cause surface scratches and dulling of the floor's protective seal coat. 

In addition to regular sweeping, you'll also want to clean your oak floors occasionally with a mop and cleaning product that is specifically designed for use on wood floors. Always spot-test cleaning products in a small, inconspicuous area of your floor before mopping the entire area — and be sure to dry your floors thoroughly afterward to prevent moisture damage.

Refinish Your Floors as Needed

If your French white oak flooring becomes discolored, water damaged, or has become severely scratched, it may be time to have it refinished. This will require the surface of the flooring to be sanded down thoroughly before a fresh stain and seal coat is applied. This project is generally best left to a professional who has worked with oak flooring in the past. When properly done, refinishing your floors can breathe new life into them and keep them looking great for years or even decades to come.

For more information about French white oak flooring, contact a flooring service in your area.

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