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Finishing White Oak strip flooring

We have recently installed a white oak strip wood flooring. It is the lesser grade of flooring and there are marks and dark spots which does not offend me at all, as our place is very rustic and somewhat eclectic! We are having it lightly sanded, just to even out the edges, and will be finishing it ourselves. I am crazy in love with the light, butcher-block look of the unfinished product. I have tested various stains on the wood including Minwax natural, clear shellac, and a few others, but find that the only look I really like (the only one that doesn't darken the wood) is a paste-wax only application. My question: would a paste-wax-only finish provide sufficient protection against staining or other mishaps, assuming it is properly applied and maintained? Thank you for your quick answer, as I will be ready to begin whatever in a week or so.

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