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Wood Care - Tips for indoor and outdoor carePainted furniture indoors can now and then be treated with a polish to refresh it. On the other hand, furniture without a closed surface necessarily needs regular care in order to protect it against moisture. Even more important is the wood preservation in the outdoor area, where the wood would rot without treatment very soon.
Wood care with linseed oil, olive oil and waxLinseed oil is available in cooked and uncooked version. For as yet untreated wood, the uncooked linseed oil is better because it penetrates very deeply into the wood and thus provides good protection from the inside. Boiled linseed oil, on the other hand, is more practical as a top layer or aftertreatment because it dries much faster and shines more.
Olive oil is not so good at wood care because it does not harden and eventually rancid. Because of its yellowish color, it should be tried at least initially in an inconspicuous place to assess the color development before a whole area is processed with the oil.
Waxes often have a consistency like shoe polish and therefore can be applied with a soft brush
the wood is applied. This has the advantage over the use of a lobe that the wax penetrates deeper into the wood. After curing, the waxed wood is the best with
a soft cloth glossy polished.
Care of garden furniture with oil
The now very popular garden furniture made of teak and eucalyptus wood comes with a regular care with a wood oil. In this way, their natural color and their velvety surface are retained and in teak furniture, the oil ensures that no patina forms. For this, the oil is easy with
a soft cloth in the grain of the wood and rubbed lightly into the wood.
Tips when using glazes
- Glazes often contain solvents that thinn out, thereby spreading an unpleasant odor and are also harmful to health. For a wood glaze for indoor use, it should therefore be ensured when buying that it is a water-based product and without solvents.
- Although thick-layer glazes provide better protection for the wood, because they form a closed surface, through which no more water can penetrate into the wood, their revision after a few years is often quite tedious. Then the old peeling glaze must be removed before the wood can be repainted. It is much easier to paint over with a thin-layer glaze that penetrates into the wood.