OIL OR SOAP TREATMENTS?
Every treatment has its advantages; the oiled oak brings out the golden honey tone of the wood, while the two white treatments represent a clean and Nordic feeling. No matter what you choose, it will protect the wood against everyday use. Find our guides below.
NATURAL AND WHITE OIL GUIDE
Furniture oil is designed to protect and strengthen wooden surfaces on light types of wood. White oil will minimize the natural darkening of the wood and give a light Nordic expression. While natural oil saturates and darkens the surface a little, which brings out the natural beauty of the wood. Both treatments leave the wood well-nourished and resistant to water, dirt and grease.
- Sand down the surface with sandpaper grit 180. Wipe off the wood dust with a dry cloth afterwards.
- Clean the wood with Wood Cleaner. After cleaning, let the surface dry for at least 8 hours at room temperature.
- Stir the oil thoroughly before use.
- Use a paintbrush to apply a suitable amount of oil in an even, adequate coat.
- Wait approx. 30 minutes as the oil penetrates the wood. Apply once more if dry spots appear.
- Carefully polish the wood using a polishing pad. This makes the surface more hard-wearing.
- Next, wipe off all excess oil using a lint-free cotton cloth. Do not leave any excess oil on the surface.
- Wait one hour and repeat step 3-7. The surface should be treated 2-3 times before being taken into use.
- During the last treatment (at step 4) sand the wood while the surface is still wet with oil. Sand lengthwise the wood grain with sandpaper grit 280-320 and wipe off all excess oil using a lint-free cotton cloth.
- After 24 hours at room temperature, the surface is ready to use. Do not let the wood become wet during the hardening process. The oil is fully hardened after one week. The surface should be treated with caution during this period. Liquids must be wiped off.
WHITE SOAP GUIDE
White soap is used to protect and clean light wood types. When treating furniture with soap, the soap soaks into the wood and promptly closes up the pores, which will protect the surface from filth and fluids.
- First, use a wood cleaner to clean particularly stained areas on the surface, if any.
- Shake the bottle carefully before use.
- Mix the soap with lukewarm water. For cleaning, use 25 ml of soap per 1 litre of water. For basic treatment, use 100 ml. soap per 1 litre of water.
- Apply the mix to your wooden surface lengthwise with a damp cloth.
- Make sure to dry the surface thoroughly after the treatment.
If you choose a soap treatment, the wooden furniture must be treated regularly to maintain the protective surface. Generally, soap treatments give less protection than oil treatments.