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What can I do to avoid an 'orange' oak floor?

We often get asked how orange our oak is, or how susceptible our boards are to developing a golden tone? However this question is difficult to answer because peoples' perception of what is 'orange' differs depending on personal taste and the appearance of the flooring in different surroundings.

We wouldn't judge any of our oak boards to appear orange in the state that we supply them, but if you are worried about orange flooring and want to prevent your floor from being this tone, we suggest the following:

Order samples and use our 'Try one box' service

The sample that you will receive is guaranteed to be genuine and taken straight from the box without any alterations. However it is important to keep in mind that there may be colour variation from one sample to the next as oak is a natural product and variations do occur. For this reason we offer a unique 'Try one box' option. This lets you order just the one box of flooring at no extra cost to try out in your property before committing to a full order. By ordering one box first you are able to lay out full length boards and get a true representation of what the overall floor will look like.

Any opened boxes are non-returnable; however it can save a lot of money and hassle if you decide that it's not the perfect range for you!

Opt for an Untreated oak board

Pre-treated boards are restricted in the fact the colour tones and finish has been factory applied and it may not be the exact tone that you desire which cannot be changed. It can also be difficult to determine the overall look and finish of a pre-treated floor from small sample pieces when trying to choose the right floor for your taste and property. By purchasing your oak flooring untreated to be finished on site, you eliminate these problems by having control over the final appearance of the flooring and can use whatever finish you want to achieve as the desired end result. A popular method to finish the flooring is to use a colour tone as the base coat before finishing with a layer of Hardwax Oil leaving you with a hard-wearing, stain resistant floor that is the perfect colour tone for your property.

Apply Treatex Hardwax Oil

With a range of top quality products that are easy to apply and maintain, Treatex have established themselves as a market leader in the wood finishing industries. We recommend using their Hardwax oil to protect your flooring from damage. They offer a wide variety of colour tones that can either darken the oak, keep it lighter shades or even more white washed options. The colour tones are then finished with a hard wearing layer of Treatex Clear Hardwax oil. When applied on its own, the Clear Hardwax oil can give the oak a warm, traditional oak tone. Additionally to providing protection, Treatex Hardwax oil will enhance the natural wood features of the oak board.

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About the author

Tom Fanthorpe. Director, JFJ Wood Flooring Ltd

Tom is one half of the father & son team behind JFJ Wood Flooring. An experienced wood flooring specialist with over 7 years in the industry, Tom is following in his father John's footsteps as a true expert in his chosen field. Having absorbed much of John's 35+ years of experience in the joinery and timber trade, Tom now leads the wood flooring department and holds ultimate responsibility for everything from customer service to sales, logistics to quality control.

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Submitted by Mr Allan Nicholson (not verified) on Wed, 10/01/2018 - 22:18

Can Treatex Hardwax Oil be used safely when you have pets?
We have 2 Pedigree Birman cats in our house and obviously we are concerned
that they won't be harmed by any floor treatment.

Kind Regards


Submitted by jfjadmin on Fri, 12/01/2018 - 09:01

Hi Allan,

Thank you for your comment. Treatex is made up of natural ingredients which include Linseed Oil, Sunflower oil, Jojoba Oil, Beeswax and Carnauba Wax. So nothing harmful for our furry friends!. You will however have to keep the curious cats off the floor whilst the Treatex is drying so do make sure the room is cat proof for a couple of days when you're doing the work.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any further questions.

Many thanks,

Tom (JFJ Wood Flooring)

Submitted by Heather Patrick (not verified) on Fri, 13/04/2018 - 03:13

Internal oak doors look 'orange' in colour. What is the best method to restore them to their more natural light oak colour?

Submitted by jfjadmin on Mon, 16/04/2018 - 12:29

Hi Heather,

Thanks for your comment. It sounds to me like your only option here would be to sand the doors back and re-finish them with a finish of your choice.

Do take a look at Treatex Hardwax oil as we have always found Treatex to be very popular on flooring, doors, worktops etc. Treatex also offer a number of colour tones so you have some choice when it comes to the appearance of the end result. The also offer sample pots on their website which you can purchase and try.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any further questions.

Many thanks,


Submitted by Michelle (not verified) on Mon, 09/07/2018 - 22:33


I wonder if you are able to give me any tips or advice please.

I have an engineered oak floor as well as a solid oak open staircase. Over the past 12 years since it was all laid and constructed it is going more and more orange, and is looking rather dated. It is in good condition and I would like to update it, rather than paying out for the cost of a complete replacement, which will not then match the staircase.

Do you have any advice on how I can perhaps change the colour of the floor and stairs? I am guessing this will need a professional to do this, as the flooring is in the hallway, lounge and on the stairs.

Many thanks in advance,


Submitted by jfjadmin on Wed, 11/07/2018 - 10:33

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for your comment. Providing your engineered oak floor has a thick enough layer of oak on its surface then the both the flooring, and the solid oak stairs, can be sanded back to the natural oak. Once you are back to the raw oak you can then re-finish the floor and stairs with a finish / colour of your choice.

You would most likely have to pay someone to come and do this work for you but this would save you having to replace the whole floor.

I hope this helps.

Many thanks,


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