Brushed and Oiled Wooden Floors

Posted by Terry Guilford on

Creating a Brushed and Oiled Finish

There is always a strong demand for alternatives to plain plank flooring, but many of the choices made by designers look lovely in a showroom but are totally impractical in the real world. One of alternatives showing increasing popularity is the brushed and oiled look which is actually a very practical floor but a quick internet search shows a serious lack of proper information on what it actually is. As more and more wood floor suppliers fall over themselves to dominate the market they often either deliberately write confusing or misleading articles or do so out of ignorance.


So what is “brushed and oiled flooring?”

First off the term is most commonly applied to oak flooring although the look can be created on just about any timber with a definite, large, grain pattern, including pine. The technique involves using brushes (traditionally metal ones) to remove the softer grain of the wood creating a textured surface. The extent of the brushing dictates the degree of texture left behind and this method is excellent for creating a worn or aged look.

So far I have led you to believe this look is only available on new flooring and those internet searches I mentioned earlier show how suppliers will try to confuse you into thinking it is only available on semi solid or engineered floors, after all that’s what they want to sell. Happily, that isn’t the case and whilst it is difficult for traditional floor sanding companies to create this look uniformly across a wooden floor Pallmann have developed a unique technique that can be used on existing flooring using the astonishing Pallmann Spider Brush System.

This system uses a set of metal brushes followed by two further sets of nylon brushes to create a flawless textured surface that can be further enhanced using coloured oils to create a stunning and bespoke finish.

If you are interested in creating something special contact us on 0161 8182732 and we can advise you who has this system in your area.

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