The right wood treatment: 5 agents for indoor and outdoor use


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The right wood treatment: 5 agents for indoor and outdoor use

Wood is a very pleasant and natural material. However, it needs a treatment both indoors and outdoors to protect it from moisture and pests and to extend its lifespan. Typical agents for a wood treatment are
  • oil
  • wax
  • glazes
Wood treatment with oil
Oils have been used for wood preservation for many centuries. Although wood gets a water-repellent surface due to oils such as linseed oil or teak oil, it can still breathe. In addition, oils prevent the formation of cracks and provide a velvety surface.
The traditional linseed oil
Linseed oil is one of the oldest remedies used in wood preservation. It is made from flaxseed, is water repellent and is used indoors as well as outdoors. The less fluid it is, the deeper it can penetrate the wood, so its protective effect can be increased by heating the oil. The linseed oil is differentiated into cooked and uncooked oil. The uncooked linseed oil penetrates very deeply into the wood, so it is often used as a primer. On the other hand, boiled linseed oil is often used for the top layer of wood treatment because it dries quickly and forms a shiny surface.
Olive oil for the wood in the kitchen
Olive oil is only partially suitable for wood treatment, because it does not cure properly and with the
Time
develop a rancid and unpleasant odor. Moreover, it is not suitable for all types of wood because of its color. It is therefore more commonly used in the kitchen where it is used to rub in breakfast boards and other wooden kitchen utensils.
Velvety surfaces with wax
Wax is also a natural means of wood treatment. In the trade there are liquid waxes and creamy substances, which are applied depending on the consistency with a rag or brush on the wood surface. After curing, the surface is polished with a soft cloth. Wax paints also contain pigments, so that these products not only protect the wood, but also color it at the same time.
Wood treatment with glazes
Glazes are mainly used outdoors, where treatment with oil or wax is no longer sufficient. They protect the wood against the effects of the weather and UV radiation, but still retain its natural structure. These wood preservatives can be divided into two groups.
  • Thin-film stains penetrate the wood, but leave the surface porous so that the wood can continue to absorb and release moisture. These glazes are often used for garden fences, pergolas and other wooden elements in the garden.
  • On the other hand, thick-layer glazes, like the lacquers, form a closed surface, so that moisture can no longer penetrate the wood. These glazes are mainly used for windows and doors.

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