Oil wooden beams with pure natural products


Especially indoors, the question arises of how wooden beams can be treated without using paints and lacquers containing solvent. An oiling of the wooden beams is the most beneficial solution in terms of health if pure vegetable oils are used. As the most ideal oil, linseed oil has proved to be both priming and finalizing.

Support the oilation result

In most cases wooden beams should retain their natural grain and structure indoors. The usually dry environment allows to dispense with an impregnation of the wooden beams. In order to give the wood surfaces a protection that helps against house dust and common household touches by touching, leaning against or supporting, linseed oil is well suited.

If the wooden beams are painted in color on the inside, wood oils can be mixed with color pigments. For these products, however, attention should always be paid to freedom from solvents. Anyone who strokes and treats beams can, through anticipatory measures and behaviors, support the lasting effects of pure natural oiling. Suitable measures to extend the interval of oiling to several years are:

  • Permanent good room ventilation in the sense of shock ventilation
  • Free "air-rinsed" position of all exposed beam surfaces
  • Remove high and standing humidity in the bathroom or kitchen immediately by ventilating
  • Follow the processing instructions regarding room temperature and wood preparation

Border and outside areas

If the oiling is to be carried out on wooden beams that are partly outdoors, such as truss beams under roof overhangs, special pretreatments or development conditions must be observed according to the type of wood. In the case of deciduous trees, oiling should always be carried out after at least one year of application, so that most of the wood tanning agents are already washed out.

Coniferous trees are often very resinous or have concentrated "Harznester". These must be washed out with turpentine before oiling. Some trees have a high density with low porosity. Larch or oak wood can be sealed directly with the finalizing oil due to the low absorbency without primer.

Tips & Tricks

If you can not find any special bar oil in DIY stores or the specialist retailer or if you are not satisfied with the selection, you can include all natural furniture oils in your search. Note that waxes are suitable for only a few types of timber, as is the case for parquet and wooden floorboards.


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