Oil table top for preservation, protection and appearance

For all open and porous surfaces on a tabletop, oiling with the right product is the ideal maintenance care. For natural stone and concrete as well as for all types of wood there are specific care and sealing oils. The art of matching oil is the slow approach to the saturation limit of the material.

Stone and concrete densities

Both concrete tabletops, natural stone and unsealed wooden panels are more or less porous. While very dense natural rocks such as slate and basalt have very fine pores, other natural rocks such as sandstone and clay have larger "channels". Stone oil must be adjusted in the viscosity of the stone type in order to be able to penetrate optimally and to distribute itself.

The density of concrete is divided between medium and lighter rock densities. The most commonly used lightweight concrete for tabletops corresponds approximately to clay. Concrete oils can also be replaced by concrete waxes. In particular, they have luster-forming tasks and only a limited protection against staining on the surfaces.


The individual suction effect of woody plants is characterized by very differentiated porosities. In addition to the correspondingly adjusted viscosity values, the suitable oils also have ingredients that influence the specific properties of the wood. Typical examples are accents of grains and textures.

Wood oils do not require any chemical additives, which proves to be an advantage especially for dining tables. Some types of oils biologically trigger reactions in the wood that lead to different gloss and matte effects or contrast strength formation.

Instructions for the order

The most advantageous interval for the oiling of tabletops can usually be read from the visual appearance. When the desired effect "fades", a polish of more or less sealing character arrives.

Wood care oils are applied with a soft brush evenly in the grain of the wood. For natural stone and concrete, it is advisable to draw even paths. After the order, a collection time of approximately eight hours must be granted. Then the second oiling takes place. From the third pass, first saturated spots should occur, on which an oil film stops.

This oil film or even oil puddles are dabbed after about fifteen minutes with a lint-free cloth or cloth. Under no circumstances may wiping movements be carried out.

Tips & Tricks

If you beautify your table with oils, think of the depth effect. Dark colors can only be lightened over long periods of time.

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