Care and Maintenance of Your New Oak Staircase

A bespoke oak staircase from staircase manufacturers in Manchester can add a touch of traditional character to your home.

If you decide to leave the wood unpainted so that you can enjoy the charm of the natural grain, you’ll need to care for it properly. This will keep the wood looking beautiful and will also help it to last much longer.

Here are some top tips on how to care for your new oak staircase.


Naked, untreated oak should be oiled immediately to prevent it from drying out. You can obtain a suitable product from your joinery contractor or from good DIY stores, but be sure to choose something that’s formulated for use on natural wood, as this will contain all the necessary preservatives.

The easiest way to apply the oil is with a small paintbrush, taking care to cover the whole balustrade, including any spindle joints. Allow the first coat of oil to soak in completely, and then apply another layer.

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Once you’ve oiled the stairs, you could choose to apply a layer of wax to the balustrade. This will give the wood a lovely shine and will offer some protection from dirty hands.

Apply a coat of good quality natural beeswax to the balustrade with a clean cloth, and then polish it up to a shine with a duster. You’ll need to apply a further layer of polish every month or so to build up a good glossy coating and polish it up each week to keep the balustrade looking good.

You can remove greasy finger marks easily by wiping down the balustrade with a damp cloth dipped in a solution of washing-up liquid and warm water. When the marks have gone, just polish the wood up again using a duster.



You can varnish your oak staircase and balustrade using either clear varnish or something that has a colour tint if you prefer. Varnish will give your staircase a nice shine, without the need for repeated polishing and waxing and will provide it with protection from spills and damage from accidental knocks.

To apply wood varnish, simply brush it on with a paint brush over the top of the oil treatment.


For more information and advice on how to care for your oak staircase, contact us today.

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