How to Clean Oiled Floors

Regular floor maintenance is crucial to make longer the life of an oiled surface. Wipe up spills as soon as they happen to prevent staining, and re-oil when visibly dry spots appear or when new marks develop on the floor surface.

How to Clean Oiled Floors

Always choose natural cleaners when cleaning oiled wood floors, rather than household products or bleach, which could damage their surface and remove protective oils that protect it.


Vacuuming is an integral component of an effective cleaning regimen, helping to remove dusts, fluff and other small contaminants from floor surfaces while protecting oil finishes from being scratched by them. Regular vacuuming ensures an inviting space conducive to healthy living.

Vacuuming is of particular significance when your floors are subject to heavy wear from furniture or foot traffic, helping reduce scratches. A vacuum cleaner with an attachment specifically tailored for wooden flooring should help minimize potential damage.

After sweeping and/or vacuuming the floor should be washed using good soap concentrate in a ratio of 50 millilitres of soap concentrate per 4 litres of water
or as much as needed, taking care not to flood it as this may damage it further. After drying it completely apply a thin coat of Woca Maintenance Oil using cotton cloth; this will restore lustre while creating a moisture barrier against moisture damage on wood surfaces.


One of the key aspects of keeping an oiled floor clean and in good condition is regular mopping, using a flat mop with an effective wringer and using products designed specifically to clean them. Avoid vinegar- or lemon-containing cleaners as these may erode away at its finish and lead to water damage.

An old mop with murky water will spread dirt across your floor, and potentially cause micro-scratches that need to be addressed as soon as it starts looking murky! Therefore, it is crucial that any time it starts looking murky it be changed quickly!

At least every six months, it is advised to reapply floor maintenance oil in order to protect and nourish wood surfaces. However, in heavier trafficked areas this may need to happen more frequently.


Oiled floors don’t stand up as well against wear and tear as varnished and lacquered ones do, requiring special care in their maintenance routine to prevent damage to the finish. With proper products and techniques in place it should be straightforward keeping an oiled wood floor looking beautiful for years.

Maintaining an oiled wood floor requires daily caretaking of its surfaces – such as dusts, fluff, and small contaminants which could potentially cause micro-scratches on its oiled finish. A vacuum cleaner or rotary machine broom with soft bristles should be used for this task.

Mopping can be used if necessary; just be sure that it dries the floor quickly or use a rag mop which can be thoroughly wrung out after each use. Utilizing too much water can cause unsightly damage like swelling-back or unsightly smear marks on an oil-finished wooden floor and should therefore be avoided as much as possible.


Refreshing is achieved through regular application of new layers of oil designed to nourish and protect oiled floors. Before applying this fresh layer, your floor must first be sanded to remove all dirt, grime, or damaged finish; doing this properly ensures an attractive result with even results.

After the sanding process is complete, the floor should be carefully cleaned with an oil-soaked mop and given another coat of maintenance oil once dry.

If your floors have already been well oiled to begin with, maintaining them won’t be difficult or time consuming. A top-quality oil product designed specifically to maintain oiled flooring can help your floor stay beautiful while being protected. For best results use in well ventilated room and apply in small amounts using rubber bladed scraper to spread.

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