Oil the dining table - does it make sense?

Of course, anyone who has a valuable dining table made of solid wood would like to protect him accordingly. Whether oiling is a meaningful wood protection for the dining table, which has advantages and disadvantages of oiling, and which alternatives there are, read in this post.

Which wood can be oiled?

Basically you can oil only already oiled or raw wood. Can not be oiled against:

  • already lacquered or glazed tables
  • already treated with wax tables
  • Tables not made of solid wood

Make sure that most of the wooden furniture you buy is usually covered with a protective layer of lacquer. In order to oil such a table, you would have to sand the paint layer down to the raw wood thoroughly. That will make sense in the fewest cases. Only very high quality dining tables are oiled ex works.

Suitable oils

Basically, you should always use a suitable for the particular type of wood oil. With these oils special care substances and agents are added, which are particularly beneficial for the respective type of wood. Never use a wood oil that is labeled for a different type of wood than the one you have in front of you! Not every wood tolerates all ingredients.

Universal oils

Some completely natural oils can also be used as a "universal oil" for any kind of wood. The best known is the linseed oil, but there are also some other, proven universal oils:

  • Tung oil
  • Walnut oil (used very often in England)
  • poppy seed oil
  • Linseed oil varnish (the boiled variant of linseed oil with significantly shorter drying time)

Further information on the individual oils can be found in this article. Those who value the most natural possible wood protection will certainly be the best at driving with these natural oils. However, most engineered oils are usually based on linseed oil and tung oil.

Advantages and disadvantages of oiling

Oil protects the table very effectively. It covers the wood fibers and hardens to a tough-elastic protective layer that extends far into the interior of the wood. However, a true surface protection is not given - stains and dirt can still arise on the wood and are then often difficult to remove.

Here is a true surface protection, such as painting [link] or the [link u = table-grow] waxing much more useful, especially in frequently used tables, where the risk of staining is very high.

Tips & Tricks

A good combination of waxes and oils are hard oil waxes. They combine the good properties of both methods in one product.

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