Guide to applying an oil treatment
When placing untreated wood outside it will patinate over time and become silver-grey in the end. If you wish to preserve or intensify the original golden-brown colour, use Skagerak’s natural oil on a regular basis. The oil is designed to protect the wood. As the natural oil saturates and darkens the surface a little, it brings out the natural beauty of the wood and leaves it well-nourished, resistant to water, dirt and grease.
Here’s how to add the oil correctly:
- Clean the surface well before starting the oil treatment. Make sure to leave the wood to dry for at least 24 hours after cleaning. Avoid direct sunlight and high temperatures. It should be no colder than 13°C though.
- Sand down any rough fibers in the wood with sandpaper before applying the oil.
- Stir the oil before and while using it.
- Apply an even layer of oil with a brush or a lint-free cotton cloth, remember to start from the bottom to avoid streaks.
- Wipe off any excess oil with clean cotton cloths after no more than 20 minutes. Make sure to dispose the oily cloths responsibly as they can be a fire hazard.
- If the surface does not appear saturated with oil, repeat step 4 and 5 a couple of times.
- It normally takes 48 hours for the oil to harden. The wood should not be exposed to water in this period.
- We recommend repeating this process 1-2 times a year. Remember to always clean the surface before.
Do not use the same oil on your indoor furniture due to strong algae removal properties in the outdoor products. Follow these steps and enjoy your outdoor dinners knowing that the furniture will last for years to come.