Maintaining Oak Furniture
Oak is a popular material to use for creating furniture because of its durability, strength, and exquisite charm. It has prominent grain that means spots and dings blend together. However, oak is porous; and it is easy to stain especially if it does not have a modern finish like varnish that can help it to stand the test of time and harsh weather. Oak requires proper maintenance to prevent it from becoming dry and cracked. To be able to maintain it, it has to be protected from having extreme temperature fluctuations, sun, heat, and moisture.
You have to abide by the instruction manual.
Wood furniture went through a different treatment. That’s why it’s important to read the instruction manual for its proper maintenance. Once you buy dark oak coffee table for instance ask for a pamphlet that includes proper care instructions. When the furniture does not come with any special care instructions, you may adhere to the more general instructions instead.
Don’t forget to sand and stain the furniture if necessary.
When you are working with untreated oak furniture, it is important for you to lightly sand the surface of the furniture. This will make it smooth and ensure that the stain becomes even. Make sure that the sawdust is removed before the whole thing is stained. The wood stain can be applied using a brush. You may also use cloth that has been dipped in stain. There are different types of stains that can be used on oak. These are the one step stain and finish, oil-based, and water-based types.
Seal the oak by applying a finish.
It is easy for oak to absorb dirt if it is not sealed with a finish. Once it is applied with stain, don’t forget to apply a finish. A strong polyurethane can be used as well as a penetrating-oil finish that ensure a lovely finish. The following are some examples of penetrating-oil finish: Danish oil, Tung oil, and antique oil. This will have to be reapplied regularly.
It is imperative to clean the oak furniture.
A sealed and finished oak furniture may only require wiping it with a damp cloth. You only need a soft dry cloth to do that. For the unsealed oak, it’s better to use a gentle wood oil and then apply it with a moisturizing polish. For oak wood protection, you need to use soft cotton cloths and protect your hands with hand gloves when you work.