How to clean and protect wooden surfaces without chemicals

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Oil, vinegar and wax will help to clean and protect the wooden surface

Few things make an interior as chic as natural wood elements. They are relevant both in classic styles and in modern, industrial and minimalist ones. This material never goes out of style, even though it is not always easy to care for.

One of the main complaints is the high cost and environmental friendliness of factory products. That's why TreeHugger has collected recipes on how to make wood care products that are both effective and harmless, as well as inexpensive.

Oil and vinegar cleaner

To make a product for the routine care of wooden surfaces, you will need

  • half a cup of white or apple cider vinegar;
  • a quarter cup of olive oil;
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (optional);
  • 20-30 drops of lavender essential oil (optional).

You will also need microfiber or lint-free cotton napkins, as well as a bowl or spray bottle.

The ratio of vinegar to oil in this remedy should be 1:2. Mix them well, and then, if desired, add a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and/or lavender essential oil for flavor. However, even if you don't add any flavoring, the vinegar smell will disappear in a few minutes and won't bother you in the future.

Use this product only on finished wood only as it will leave stains on untreated boards or slabs. It is also important to remember that white vinegar is suitable for light and medium wood, and apple cider vinegar is great for darker wood shades.

How to use the product properly

First, remove all dust and dirt from the surface to be treated. Pay special attention to wiping off even the remnants of water.

Test the product on an inconspicuous area. Natural materials are capricious and can react in unexpected ways even to mild and delicate products.

Next, apply the product to the surface with a cloth dampened in a bowl of solution or spray it from a spray bottle and gently rub it in the direction of the wood fibers. Do not rub hard: let the vinegar work on the dirt and stains.

After you finish treating the surface, wipe it dry in a circular motion, polishing it at the same time. It is important to dry the floor as it can become slippery after using an oil-based product.

Protective wax for a thorough finish

Natural, unvarnished wood needs protection from the external pressure. You can also make your own wax that will do the job well. It will hide scratches on the surface, make the wood shiny and protect it from further damage.

What you need to prepare the product:

  • a third of a cup of beeswax or natural vegetable wax;
  • half a cup of linseed or walnut oil.

Melt wax, mix it with oil, and then let it cool down to form a semi-solid paste. Unlike olive oil, linseed oil and walnut oil dry and harden when exposed to oxygen. This helps to create a protective layer on furniture and floors.

How to use wood wax

Take a little wax on a napkin, apply an even thin layer on the surface and wind it in smoothly along the grain. Leave the product on for 30 minutes and then polish the surface with a dry cloth to a shine.

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