Is oil strong enough to protect a wooden kitchen floor?

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Is oil strong enough to protect a wooden kitchen floor?

The Guardian, Saturday 4 July 2009

Is oil a suitable finish for a sanded kitchen floor? And will it stand up to spillages?

DIY expert Julian Cassell, co-author of DIY: Know-How With Show-How (Dorling Kindersley), says, “I recommend hardwax oil by Osmo. More hardwearing than Danish oil, it resists staining, is water-repellent, and comes in satin or matt finishes, so you don’t get that high-gloss finish of traditional varnishes; Osmo polyx oil, £39.95 for 2.5 litres (enough for two coats on a 30 sq m floor), from sourcewoodfloors.co.uk; there’s also a more expensive, quick-drying version. Hardwax oil needs to be well brushed out to ensure even coverage during application.”

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