How To Preserve Oak
Aug 06, 2014
We love oak. You know that by now. It’s a luxurious material that adds real character to your property and will do so for years to come – that is providing you look after it properly! Like all timbers, oak is prone to rot and other environmental damage, which can affect not only its aesthetic appeal, but its functionality too.
Of course, we ensure our oak windows and doors are properly treated to safeguard again this being an issue, but additional after care is always recommended down the line to keep your frames looking as best they can! And if you have oak furniture at your home you may want to follow these steps to preserve their beauty for future generations!
Caring For Indoor Oak Furnishings
New oak products ought to be regularly waxed with natural beeswax throughout the first few years of use. Do this by rubbing the beeswax along the direction of the grain, and then gently removing the residue left behind after it has dried.
Cleaning of your oak table, windows, doors or whatever you own ought to be undertaken solely with oil-based cleansers containing no unnatural chemicals or perfumes.
Don’t clean it with water! This will do nothing other than push water into the grain which can cause swelling.
With windows you may not have much of a say in the matter, but all other oak furniture should be kept away from radiators or other heat sources, as it can cause cracking over the years.
Looking After Outdoor Oak Products
Of course, these will mostly be pre-prepared for their life outside, but there are simple steps you can take to ensure their longevity is increased. Staining your oak with an oil-based stain will protect it from all weather conditions whilst also preventing discolouration from prolonged exposure to UV rays. Look for one specifically for use on outdoor furniture and make sure to follow the instructions carefully!
Steeping the legs of your oak tables and chairs for around 6 hours in wood preservative will also help protect these vulnerable areas against water damage.
One piece of advice that ought to be heeded is that you should not use linseed oil to clean your outdoor oak furniture or fittings. If not properly dried, this can cause mildew. Use of products like lemon oil will safeguard against this!
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