Grow a table - what should you pay attention to?

Many want to treat their table as naturally as possible. In addition to the common oils you can also use waxes for the table. What to look for, and what types of waxes are there, read in this post. About how waxes work, and what benefits they have.

Growing wood

Unlike when oiling a table, waxes mainly form a protective layer on the surface. It works much like a wax layer on the car paint. Wood waxes can also - just like the car - simply polish up to create a beautiful shine.

Especially technical and hard waxes have a water-repellent effect and cause dust and dirt to adhere to the surface less well.


When waxing, you always have to distinguish between natural and technically produced waxes. It is also important to distinguish between hard and soft waxes.

Soft waxes

A typical example of soft waxes is beeswax. It is often used for wood treatment, and often offered for example by Ikea.

Soft waxes have a very high abrasion and wear off quickly. They therefore protect the surface only a little.

Hard waxes

Very often used for the wood treatment carnauba wax. Among other things, it is also part of many car polishes and produces a very hard surface layer, which is highly durable and also clearly resistant to abrasion.

Technically produced waxes

Technically produced waxes usually consist of a combination of several types of wax, here often come the well-known montan wax (plant wax which is extracted from lignite) and earth wax (ozokerite which is also obtained from the mining of seams). There are also a variety of solvents and occasionally pigments.

However, the technically produced waxes are very different from each other, which affects a variety of properties:

  • composition
  • workability
  • Application form (for example dissolved in water, pasty, creamy, etc.)
  • surface protection
  • Hardness of the protective layer

You always have to look very closely at a product you want to use. Special care should be taken with colored waxes, as they may give some visually quite unexpected effects.

Tips & Tricks

Waxing and oiling are two fundamentally different methods of wood preservation. A comparison between the two processes can be found in this article.

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