Floor Cleaning and Restoration Experts in Cornwall


The Cornwall Floor Care Approach to Oiled vs. Lacquered Wood Floors

What is the best seal for my wood floor Oils or Lacquer

Greetings from Cornwall Floor Care, where we take pride in transforming houses into homes with the warmth of meticulously maintained Oak floors. As your trusted wood floor artisans, we understand that choosing between oiled and lacquered finishes is a significant decision for your Cornwall residence. Let's embark on a personalised journey through the pros and cons of these finishes, ensuring your choice aligns seamlessly with the unique charm of Cornwall.


Unveiling the Beauty of Oiled Wood Floors with Cornwall Floor Care:


The Pros:

Natural Beauty: At Cornwall Floor Care, we believe in revealing the genuine beauty of your Oak floors. Oiled finishes bring out the natural grains and patterns, imparting a rustic and timeless allure to your living spaces, echoing the very essence of Cornwall's charm.

Ease of Repair: Our commitment to hassle-free solutions shines through with oiled wood floors. Minor scratches or imperfections can be seamlessly blended by applying additional oil, preserving the authentic appeal that defines Cornwall Floor Care's craftsmanship.

Environmentally Friendly: In our pursuit of sustainable practices, we offer eco-friendly and non-toxic wood oils. This not only aligns with Cornwall's environmentally conscious ethos but also contributes to a healthier indoor environment for your family.

Matte Finish: Cornwall Floor Care believes in creating inviting spaces. Oiled wood floors provide a natural, matte finish, crafting an atmosphere of comfort and warmth in your Cornwall home.

Customisable Colours: Your vision matters to us. With a variety of oils at your disposal, we empower you to customise the colour of your floors. Choose from options that deepen the wood's natural hue or create a lighter, more aged look—your floor, your style.

Rich Patina Over Time: Cornwall Floor Care understands the value of character. Oiled wood floors, as they age, develop a rich patina, adding depth and personality to your living spaces—a testament to Cornwall's unique allure.


The Cons:

Regular Maintenance: We value transparency. Oiled wood floors demand more frequent maintenance compared to lacquered ones. Cornwall Floor Care ensures that your commitment to periodic reapplication aligns seamlessly with the beauty of oiled wood floors.

Susceptibility to Stains: Cornwall's dynamic lifestyle deserves a flooring solution that adapts. Oiled floors are more susceptible to stains due to the absence of a protective layer. Families with young children or pets may consider this factor in their decision-making process.

Drying Time: Cornwall Floor Care sets realistic expectations. After applying oil, the floor requires adequate drying time. We advise our clients to plan accordingly, ensuring minimal inconvenience during this initial period.

Initial Colour Change: Your satisfaction is our priority. Cornwall Floor Care ensures clear communication regarding any initial colour change during the oil application process. We assure you that the colour will evolve over time, as the oil cures and the wood develops its patina.

Limited Moisture Resistance: Cornwall Floor Care recommends caution with spills. While offering some moisture resistance, oiled wood floors are more vulnerable to water damage than lacquered floors. We guide you on effective spill cleanup to maintain your floor's appearance.

Reapplication Frequency: Cornwall Floor Care educates you on the reapplication schedule. Factors like foot traffic, sunlight exposure, and the type of oil used influence the frequency. We believe an informed decision is a lasting decision.

Embracing Durability and Versatility with Lacquered Wood Floors at Cornwall Floor Care:


The Pros:

Durable Protection: Cornwall Floor Care crafts enduring solutions. Lacquered wood floors offer an exceptionally durable protective layer, shielding against scratches, spills, stains, and general wear and tear. Ideal for Cornwall's homes with heavy foot traffic.

Low Maintenance: Your convenience is paramount. Lacquered floors from Cornwall Floor Care boast low maintenance requirements. Regular sweeping and occasional mopping keep them looking pristine, perfect for Cornwall's busy lifestyles.

Versatile Finishes: Cornwall Floor Care brings versatility to your doorstep. Choose from gloss, semi-gloss, or satin finishes to complement your interior design and personal preferences. From sleek and contemporary to subtle and elegant, the options are limitless.

Enhanced Colour and Depth: Cornwall Floor Care understands the impact of depth. The glossy finish of lacquered wood floors enhances the colour, adding elegance and sophistication to your Cornwall home.

Easy to Clean: Cornwall Floor Care simplifies your life. Lacquered wood floors are exceptionally easy to clean, thanks to the smooth, non-porous surface. Wipe away spills effortlessly, reducing the risk of permanent damage to the wood.

Quick Drying and Curing: Cornwall Floor Care minimises inconvenience. Lacquered floors generally have quicker drying and curing times compared to oiled floors, allowing you to use your newly installed floors sooner.

Resistance to Moisture: Cornwall Floor Care's lacquered floors provide a degree of moisture resistance, making them suitable for Cornwall's humid environments or spaces prone to occasional spills. Quick cleanup is advised to prevent potential damage.


The Cons:

Susceptible to Scratches: While offering protection, lacquered floors are not entirely scratch-proof. Cornwall Floor Care recommends caution with heavy furniture, pet claws, or abrasive materials to minimise visible scratches.

Difficult to Repair: In case of scratches or damages, Cornwall Floor Care acknowledges the challenge. Repairing lacquered floors may require professional assistance, ensuring a thorough and lasting solution.

Vulnerable to UV Damage: Cornwall Floor Care educates on potential challenges. The glossy finish of lacquered wood floors may make them susceptible to UV damage over time. Prolonged exposure to sunlight, especially near windows, could lead to fading or discolouration.

Potential Yellowing: Cornwall Floor Care informs on nuances. Some lacquers may yellow over time, particularly in areas with minimal natural light. This gradual change may alter the wood's original appearance. Pall-X Pure can help stop this.

Lack of Natural Feel: Cornwall Floor Care acknowledges preferences. Lacquered floors may feel less authentic due to the protective layer, appealing to those seeking a smoother and more refined aesthetic.

Recoating Challenges: Cornwall Floor Care understands complexities. Refinishing or recoating lacquered floors may involve intensive processes, such as sanding and reapplication of the lacquer. We guide you through these challenges for a comprehensive understanding.


At Cornwall Floor Care, we believe that your home is a canvas, and the choice between oiled and lacquered wood floors is an artistic decision that defines your space. Our personalised approach ensures that every detail aligns with your preferences, lifestyle, and the timeless elegance of Cornwall's homes. Connect with Cornwall Floor Care, where craftsmanship meets personalisation, and let's embark on a journey to create a home that tells your unique story, one floorboard at a time.

Floor Cleaning and Restoration Experts in Cornwall

Cornwall Floorcare
43 Polpennic Drive
PL28 8FL

T. 01841 521995
M. 07922 989 131
E. info@cornwallfloorcare.co.uk

Office hours:
Mon - Sat: 8am to 6pm