You’ve probably heard about the various uses of olive oil for skin and facial care.
But I am sure most of you haven’t heard how olive oil may be beneficial to your house, especially in terms of wood floors, wooden furniture, and other wood-based items.
Thus, in this article, I’ll discuss what olive oil will do to your wood surfaces and how you can use it effectively for wood treatment.
Benefits of Olive Oil on Wood
People have started using olive oil as surface polishes in recent years because it’s milder than many other petroleum-based wood polishes found on the market.
Additionally, olive oil is environmentally friendly and significantly cheaper.
Even though some people are concerned that using olive oil might damage their wooden furniture or floors, it actually nourishes the wood from the inside to bring out its natural shine and charm.
The good thing is olive oil can be used to treat several kinds of wood and wood surfaces, including chairs, tables, cabinets, storage boxes, etc.
When used correctly for indoor surfaces, it can act as a good protective layer to protect your wood from mild dents as well as scratches.
But with so many benefits, should you really use olive oil on wood furniture?
Well, I would say yes and no.
While you can use olive oil as a protective wood treatment for your indoor furniture, it is not the best option for outdoor furniture.
The main reason being olive oil (like many other vegetable oils) can go rancid when exposed to sunlight and other elements.
So, if you’re looking for a premium wood sealant or a treatment solution for your patio furniture or any other outdoor wooden surfaces, olive oil is not the best option.
For these surfaces, you should look for other products that are specifically designed for outdoor wood use.
These might include products such as tung oil, linseed oil, shellac, etc., that contain UV inhibitors to protect the wood from sunlight damage.
Homemade Olive Oil Furniture Polish
Making your own DIY olive oil furniture polish is pretty simple and straightforward.
All you need is some olive oil and lemon juice.
Here’s how you can proceed with polishing finished wood:
- Into a small bowl, pour olive oil and lemon juice in a ratio of 2:1
- Apply the finish with a towel or cheesecloth or a lint-free in a circular motion, paying particular attention to the wood’s problem regions
- Towel-dry the oil and remove any excess.
A word of caution – This recipe will not work on raw wood. If you need to polish unfinished wood, consider using mineral oil instead of olive oil.
Also, you should avoid using virgin olive oil because it doesn’t function nearly as effectively.
What Other Natural Oils can I Use for Wood?
Natural oils such as walnut oil, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil are some of the best alternatives to wood varnishes and sealants if your want to avoid using synthetic chemicals.
These oils can penetrate pretty deep into the wood grain to protect it from within.
Just like olive oil, these natural oils can also enhance the wood’s appearance by bringing out its natural color and grain.
Additionally, these oils are pretty affordable, and you can easily find them in any grocery or health food store.
That said, there are a few varieties of oils that are not suitable to be used on wood surfaces. Vegetable-based oils mainly fall in this category.
As I’ve already mentioned, olive oil can go rancid when exposed to sunlight and other elements for a few months.
The same is true for other vegetable oils such as canola oil, corn oil, almond oil, sesame oil, hemp oil, peanut oil, argan oil, palm oil, etc.
Many of these oils never really dry out and always remain oily, which then attracts dust, dirt, and hairs with time.
So, if you’re looking for an oil-based wood sealant or treatment, make sure to use an oil that is not vegetable-based.
The Bottom Line
Olive oil can be used as a wood treatment solution for indoor furniture. It can help nourish the wood and bring out its natural shine.
However, it is not the best option for waterproofing outdoor furniture as it can go rancid when exposed to sunlight.
If you’re looking for a natural oil-based wood sealant or treatment, make sure to use an oil that is not vegetable-based.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls.
He had worked as a painter for more than a decade to serve the customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques that are being implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.
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