Danish oil is oil and dye with some varnish in it. Polyurethane
varnish is the standard on wood floors these days, and since it darkens
the wood a bit, you may not need Danish oil at first coat, depending on
My red oak floor got a double coat of polyurethane after its sanding.
Nothing else was needed.
I would suggest that not doing any "protection" of it would be the best
thing you can do. One of the characteristics of it is that it can be easily
repaired or renewed. You just use more of it. You can do spots or the
whole thing. It blends nicely. If you were to cover it with something else
I believe you would loose that ability.
I notice that polyurethane disappeared from the part of my floor that
I walked on a lot.
I don't know what finishes earlier hard wood fllors had, that were
also walked on a lot, but I never noticed wear on them. Never noticed
that the finish was worn out in some places and fine in others.
Oil over oil is fine. Use an oil based floor varish or oil based
Before you go to the time and expense of danish oil try just oil poly alone
first. You may be surprised that there is little or no difference. Of course
try this on a scrap.
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