For many years, it was generally accepted that the best way to protect wooden surfaces is to varnish them. However, in connection with that a man is functioning in the world of continuous technological development, we are more and more eager for contact with the natural world, the search for more natural and ecological solutions began. Suddenly oiling returned to favor, which brings with it a whole range of advantages. What is this method of wood impregnation, is it worth applying and what are its consequences? I wish you a pleasant reading!
Oiling the wood. What did it mean?
Wood - even the most resistant, strong species - should always be properly secured before you start to use them. If you skip over the process of wood impregnation, wooden furniture, floors and decorative elements will deteriorate quickly. For those who do not like shiny surface and visual artifice on elements made of wood, a great alternative is the process of oiling. Oiling is the soaking of wood with natural, vegetable oils. Due to the fact that the oils are in a liquid form, the impregnate penetrates deep into the wood structure, making it somewhat insoluble. On the surface of wood covered with oil does not form visible to the naked eye layer , making furniture and floors covered with oil retain their natural, beautiful appearance. Wood surface remains matt, wood graining gains emphasis, and the wood becomes pleasantly velvety to the touch. Most commercially available oilbased formulations do not significantly alter color of wooden surface, the effect is really very subtle and natural, but beware: wooden items, undergo a process of oiling, will darken over time. It is a natural aging process. Over the years the aging wood takes on a more noble expression and strong character.
Oiling - which impregnating agents to use?
The truth is that virtually any vegetable oil properly fulfill its role if we use it to impregnate wooden objects. The specificities that we associate primarily with the area of culinary skills will also be fine here. Rapeseed, coconut and linseed oil - each of them will give a slightly different effect, but all can be used to secure wooden furniture and floors. However, if a piece of furniture made of wood has to be in a room with a specific, difficult conditions, such as high humidity or sudden
temperature changes, or we know that a wooden floor in a given room will be intensively exploited, it is worth reaching for professional specifics for oiling wood. Such oils are often enriched with substances that inhibit the growth of mold and protect against pests. It is only necessary to pay special attention to the composition of oil - worth to stay with natural solutions that have not been enriched with strong chemicals.
Oiling step by step
The process of securing the wooden surface with oil is very simple and you can easily carry it out yourself. You do not need to have any special knowledge or skills or any specialized equipment. The entire impregnation should begin with thorough cleaning of the wood surface. Even if it is raw wood, never before painted with a protective layer, it is worth sanding it - thanks to that the pores will open and the oil will more easily penetrate into the wood structure. Then, using a moistened (but not wet!) Soft cloth, we remove dust and dirt. When the wooden surface dries, we can start the oiling process. Apply the oil with a brush or a soft, clean cloth. The product is applied along the grain. After applying the oil layer, wait about an hour - this is enough time for the agent to penetrate into the deep structure of the boards. Then, with a paper towel, drain the excess oil that remained on the surface. After waiting another hour, we can apply another layer of impregnating agent. Repeat the steps until you get the desired effect. Usually, two to even eight layers of oil are required. Depending on how many layers are applied, the wood will be resistant to external conditions in varying degrees. Particular attention should therefore be paid to the wooden furniture, floors and objects that will be in the kitchen, bathroom , on the terrace or in the garden. In the case of wooden furniture for the bedroom or living room, 2-3 layers of oil are enough. The oiling process should be repeated from time to time. In favorable conditions prevailing in a room, it is enough to do it once a year, in a humid environment or with very intensive use (eg a wooden floor in a public place) - every few months.
Our company provides a service for oiling worktops and doors. Below, One Board oak doors covered with natural oil.
Advantages and disadvantages of wood oiling
Oiling wood is an impregnation method that brings many benefits. First of all: wood after such a process still looks very natural. The method is therefore ideal for the renovation of furniture in rustic, Scandinavian and Provencal style. Second, this way of securing the wood is relatively inexpensive and easy to carry out. Thirdly, oils are - for the most part - composed on the basis of natural ingredients, so the method is ecological and safe for children and people with allergies. Another advantage of oiling wood is that the agent does not stay on the surface, only penetrates deep into the structure of the boards. Thanks to this, the wood is properly moistened, does not dry out and does not crack. An additional advantage is that, wood-swollen wood is prone to self
healing, if it happens that a deep scratch forms on the wooden surface, the wood will cure itself and the trace of damage becomes almost invisible! Impregnation of wood with oil does not clog the pores, wood can breathe and thus give off excess moisture, which is why the process of oiling is a great solution for rooms with high humidity. Like any method, oiling is not free from defects. The biggest drawbacks should include the need for repeat procedures. Opponents of this method also include defects in the process of natural darkening of wood.