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Ensure your wooden furniture, floors, and surfaces stay looking gorgeous with our collection of interior woodcare products. Browse and shop interior wood products, such as wood floor varnish, polish, wax, and oil, along with our wide range of tools and accessories.


Wood oil, finishing wax, and varnish can help maintain and protect wooden surfaces inside your home. Wood oil can shield unfinished wood from water and dirt, while finishing wax creates a protective coating on finished wood surfaces. Wooden floor varnish is designed to reduce wear and enhance the vitality of your hardwood floors. Meanwhile, polish for wooden floors provides a glossy finish that beautifully refines any room.


If you're looking to add some colour to your wooden surfaces, we have a variety of wood varnish colours. At Homebase we offer, clear, natural and dark brown floor varnish for wood. Our great range of products ensures you have options to suit your style and needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Can you paint over wood varnish?

Yes, you can paint over wood varnish. For the most effective results, you should lightly sand surfaces or furniture that has been varnished before you begin painting. Sanding will make it easier for wood paint to stick and helps prevent peeling and cracking.


How do you paint varnished wood?

To paint varnished wood, you should:


1. Sand the wooden surface or furniture that you wish to paint. This will help the paint adhere better.

2. Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to remove dust or dirt and prevent lumps and bumps from forming in the paint.

3. If you wish, apply a base coat using primer and a paint brush or roller.

4. Apply your chosen paint. You can add more than one coat if needed, but make sure each layer has dried before adding another.

5. Once the paint is dry, you can apply varnish. This can help protect the paint and give the surface a glossy finish.


How do you polish wood floors?

To polish wood floors, you should:


1. Vacuum or brush your floor to remove dust, dirt and debris.

2. Following the manufacturer's instructions, wash the floor with wood cleaner and dry it with a towel or cloth.

3. Using a soft cloth and floor polish, work the polish into the wood using a circular motion. Ensure that you cover the whole floor evenly with polish, or the wood may begin to look patchy.

4. You can apply wooden floor wax at this stage if you want to add an extra layer of protection.


How do you remove varnish from wood naturally?

Here are 3 simple steps to removing varnish from wood naturally:


1. Use a heat gun to soften the wood varnish. This will make it easier to scrape off with a putty knife.

2. Remove remaining residue by mixing water and vinegar and apply it to the remaining varnish. Gently rub it off with a cloth or fine-grit sandpaper.

3. Smooth the wood by going over one more time with sandpaper, and apply a new treatment.


How do you protect interior wood?

Follow these steps on how to protect interior wood:


1. Clean the wood surface and lightly sand it for a smooth finish.

2. Choose a finish of your preference, such as wood varnish, oil or wax.

3. Apply multiple thin coats of the finish using a paint brush, allowing each coat to dry fully in between.

4. After each coat dries, lightly sand the surface to keep the surface smooth.

5. Continue to maintain it regularly.

We recommend you use waterproof finishes in moisture prone areas like bathrooms and kitchens. It's also best to use safety gear, such as masks, and gloves, when applying treatments.


What is the best wood treatment for indoor furniture?

When considering wood treatments for indoor furniture, you can choose from several options, such as wax, oil, and varnish. Wax, provides a soft, natural sheen and is easy to apply. Oil finishes enhance the wood's beauty and give it a warm appearance. Varnish, on the other hand, offers a durable and glossy finish, making it ideal for heavily used furniture. The best choice among these options will depend on your desired look and the level of protection your indoor furniture requires.


How do you treat interior wood?

Follow these steps on how to treat interior wood:


1. Thoroughly clean the wood to remove dirt and residue. You can either hoover, sweep or mop to do this.

2. Smooth the surface with fine-grit sandpaper.

3. Choose a treatment, such as a clear wood varnish or oil for a natural look, or paint for a specific colour.

4. Follow the instructions on your chosen treatment, applying multiple thin coats.

5. Lightly sandpaper and wipe between coats for a smooth finish.


Do I need to remove all varnish stains before staining?

Before staining wood, it's essential to remove all varnish stains. Varnish wood forms a protective barrier on the wood surface, so staining over it can result in uneven colouring and an unsatisfactory finish. Begin by using a varnish remover or paint stripper to eliminate the old varnish, following the product's instructions. After this, sand the wood to prepare it for a smooth and even stain application.


Is it okay to stain wood indoors?

Yes, you can stain wood indoors. However, you need to have proper ventilation, protect surrounding surfaces, and wear safety gear like gloves and safety glasses. These precautions will help you stay safe while staining wood indoors. 

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