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Oak is a hardwood tree that will tend to yellow over time. Wooden floors are reactive to sunlight as they are photosensitive. Over time, hardwood floors, especially those with a polyurethane finish, tend to become a shade of yellow which is not very desirable and diminishes its elegance. 

If your white oakwood floor is under direct sunlight, it will change color over time. This is most noticeable in the first few months post-installation. The exposure to UV light and oxygen causes the color change in oak making it go dark, or as some people refer to as “yellowing”. By conducting proper treating and finishing of White Oak, you can restore its natural beauty and keep it looking as good as new. Continue reading to learn how to prevent your oak wood floors from yellowing. 

Things to Keep in Mind before Treating White Oak

If you are worried about keeping your interior oak floors looking natural without turning darker (also known as yellowing), you have to consider how your wood reacts with products. If you wish to apply a clear topcoat, you can apply a damp sponge to a small patch to see how your finished wood would look if a clear top coat were applied. The damp wood gives a good indication as to how it would look after a clear coat is applied. 

However, if you do not want to go in for a damper or darker look and want the white oak to maintain its natural elegance and appearance, there are specific products for that. Look out for the following products:

  • If you want to give your wood an oiled finish, then opt for Hard Wax Natural Oil
  • If you prefer a varnished finish then you can mix 1 part Wood Dye with 50 parts varnish and apply it to the wood. 
  • You can also opt to use a clear wax polish. This will keep the oak looking as natural as possible, but the wax polish is not as durable. Floors require regular maintenance and most people do not like to opt for a waxed finish on the floor but definitely try it out on oak wood doors. 

Oiling an Oak Wood Floor

If you want to oil your oak, you should always sand it with grit that is not finer than 150. This helps open up the pores that allow for better absorption of the oiling product, giving it long-lasting protection.

How to Know if Your White Oak Floors Need Refinishing?

Oak is a very durable wood that can easily stand the test of time. However, after years of wear and tear, the topcoat may wear away. Here are a few signs that indicate your floor needs to be refinished:

  • If you spot a lot of visible scratches, you can restore its uniform look by refinishing it.
  • If your floor starts looking dark and dingy, it could be a sign of water damage. The tannins in the oak react with water, making it look blackish. Restore your floor to its original elegance and splendor by refinishing it.
  • If you start noticing floor discoloration, yellowing, or silvery hues, it is a sign that your floor could use a refinishing.

Tropical Forest Products: Your Go-To Partner for White Oak

Tropical Forest Products usually sources white oak from the Eastern United States, where it is found in abundance. We always source wood, be it hardwood or softwood, in accordance with the most stringent environmental standards and practices. White oak is readily available in domestic markets and can be found at very competitive pricing. Contact us at (647) 494-8142 to get a quote and we can help you with any white oak lumber needs.