old oak floorboards - to wax or varnish?

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i have old oak floorboards in my living room. at the moment they look like they are completely untreated (there is no varnish-like sheen to them).

i am going to get them professionally cleaned and then want to add a preservative coating to them,

my choices seem to be Ronseal Diamond Hard Floor Varnish (natural) or Ronseal Diamon Hard Floor Wax (natural). I want to go with a natural finish as I don't want to change the colour of them. I also don't want to add any sheen if I can avoid it.... basically, i want them to look like they do now, but have a hope of standing up to a the abuse of a drunk girlfriend in stilletos with a glass of red wine!

My gut reaction is to go for 3 coats of wax with a light sand prior to the last coat.

Thoughts?

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Unfortunately nothing is going to stand up to your girlfriends stilettos!

The most durable finishes are coatings that provide a surface structured layer over the floor, such as Ronseal Waterbased Diamond Hard Floor Varnish or Aquacoat SP . However they do not look as natural as a hardwax oil. It's a tricky choice, over appearance and durability.

Another plus for something like Aquacoat is that it comes in a Matt finish and will only alter the colour of the wood to the same extent as wiping a damp cloth over the surface does. Any hardwax oil will darken/yellow the timber.

Hope this has been of some assistance.

Ian McAslan
 
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