Care tips for oiled solid wood furniture and daily handling of solid wood

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We have already explained in detail why solid wood furniture is ideal for a healthy home and what you have to pay attention to when buying in our article on the subject of “Furnishing with solid wood furniture”. Today we would like to show you how to properly care for furniture made of oiled solid wood so that you can enjoy it for a lifetime. Caring for oiled solid wood furniture is easier than you think.

Care tips for oiled solid wood furniture: General information on the effects of oil

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How the care of solid wood furniture looks in detail depends individually on the nature of the surfaces. If you take a look at furniture stores or online shops, you will quickly find out that there is solid wood furniture in a wide variety of designs. At the furniture retailer naturloft For example, you can find untreated as well as lacquered, glazed or oiled furniture made of solid wood online. While natural woods require special attention, painted alternatives are much easier to care for. The advantage of lacquered surfaces is that dirt and moisture cannot penetrate the wood because the pores are closed. This can make sense for furniture that is subject to a lot of stress, such as dining tables.

With oiled solid wood, the surface is sealed and thus protected from moisture and dirt, but the pores of the wood remain open. The wood is still able to “breathe” and help regulate the humidity in rooms. The positive thing about wood oil is that it highlights the natural structure of the wood grain and smooths the surfaces. The color is noticeably intensified, which makes the entire look even more attractive. Compared to lacquered furniture, the characteristic look completely preserved by treatment with oil. The oil serves to protect the positive aspects of the natural material without changing it.

Care tips for oiled solid wood furniture – the surface sealing


Solid wood should be oiled regularly to keep it from drying out and to increase its longevity. Sealing is particularly important for furniture that is subject to heavy use, such as tables, in order to prevent stains. Good oils even protect against stubborn substances like red wine. However, liquids should be removed immediately, otherwise the wood will soak them up, which leaves unsightly damage. Make sure you only use organic oil so that the valuable properties of solid wood are not ruined by inferior products.

Here is a step-by-step guide to oiling:

1. Shake oils well before use.

2. The wood care oil is first applied evenly with kitchen paper or cotton towels and must be allowed to take effect for 15 minutes. If some areas dry out during the quarter of an hour and no longer shine, apply additional oil there.

3. The oil is now worked in lengthways along the grain with a clean cotton cloth and excess oil is removed. Polishing seals the wood.

4. Do not use the piece of furniture for at least 24 hours after it has been oiled.

To avoid color differences, you should always oil the entire piece of furniture and never just individual parts.

The following video explains which oils are particularly suitable for treating solid wood:

As a rule, furniture manufacturers sell completely harmless oils on a biological basis that are individually tailored to the type of wood.

Repair surfaces


Over time, use can cause minor damage and contamination to the wood. With special Wood abrasive sponges you can repair the surface. To do this, first apply the oil as explained above and let it take effect. Then take the sanding sponge and pull it evenly over the wood lengthways to the grain. If it is already dry in places, put a little more oil on it. The woods must be completely smooth after sanding. After the grinding work, remove excess oil and grinding residue with clean cloths and polish. Oil again if necessary and then again polishing.

More tips for daily use

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To remove dust is a dry or moderately humid one Cotton cloth ideal. Coarse sponges or cloths made of microfiber are not suitable for solid wood. A slight moistening is sufficient. Avoid too much moisture. A gentle neutral soap can be used to gently remove stains.

In general, aggressive cleaning products such as scouring milk must not be used with solid wood. You would damage the wood. “We should warn against so-called wood care products because they often contain solvents that are aggressive to the surface – unless the solid wood furniture manufacturer has explicitly named them,” explains the Pro Massivholz initiative on-line. Use only oils recommended by the furniture manufacturer.

In everyday life, solid wood furniture should also be stronger Heat, moisture and sharp-edged objects to be protected. For example, it would not be advisable to set up a solid wood cabinet in the immediate vicinity of a stove. The heat source can lead to an unfavorable drying out of the wood, which in turn can have shape-changing consequences. Keep this in mind when setting up.

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Since solid wood naturally expands and contracts again due to its ability to absorb and release moisture, fastening materials can loosen. You should therefore regularly retighten the screws to ensure that they remain the same stability to secure the piece of furniture.

We recommend this to prevent color differences due to natural darkening Living at Home magazine: “Expose the wood evenly to sunlight and never leave objects in the same place for too long.”

Further facts about living with oiled solid wood furniture

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Would you like to find out more about the manufacturing process and the use of individual types of wood? In addition, read our article on “Healthy Living and Sustainability”.