Oak Furniture Care Products
Oak furniture care is famously simple and straightforward when compared to other kinds of real, solid wood furniture once you have the correct oak furniture care products to utilise. This is largely thanks to the natural structure of the American oak that the majority of our oak furniture is constructed with. The grain of this particular kind of wood is incredibly dense, making it a hardwood. There are fantastic benefits to choosing furniture made from a hardwood, for example softer woods can be vulnerable to damage if the surface gets wet.
In softwoods, when moisture penetrates the surface it can cause the individual sections of the grain to swell up which pushes them up and away from the surface of the wood, causing a raised area. Hardwoods are much better at resisting this kind of damage. Hardwoods are also known for their natural resistance to insect damage. Having said this, there are a few things you can do to ensure correct care for your oak furniture and keep your new furniture looking its best for years and years to come.
Oak is wonderfully strong, but like any material it can become damaged if not cared for properly. Do not stand on oak chairs or allow people to rock backwards on the chairs. Do not drag oak tables. These actions can cause damage to the joints in the furniture, causing weak points that can be vulnerable to breakage. Always use coasters and mats for drinks and hot plates as direct contact between the wood and hot or wet surfaces can cause damage to the furniture.
Oak Furniture Wax & Oil
While American oak is tough and durable, there are a couple of things you can do to protect it and help keep it in excellent condition for as long as possible. Try to position your furniture in a spot that doesn't receive strong direct sunlight all year round, but if this can't be avoided then consider covering your table during the hottest summer months, as the heat can cause the protective oils in the wood to dry out faster.
When the oil seems to be drying up on the surfaces of the furniture then re-apply a layer of oil. Generally, you will need to apply your oak furniture oil once or twice a year depending on the temperature and humidity of your home. We recommend Becker Acroma oil, linseed oil, tung oil, or Danish oil which can be purchased here in our catalogue of oak furniture wax and oils. Danish oil tends to dry to a more durable finish than the other treatment types. When applying oak furniture oil, please bear in mind that oiled chair seats can stain clothing and fabrics.
If you would like any further information on our oak furniture care products then please do contact us. To help oak furniture owners know which oak furniture wax or oil products are best to use on our oak furniture, we have put together a useful guide on how to care for your oak furniture which helpfully lists our the best oak furniture care product to use on each of our oak furniture ranges.