How to Care for Rubberwood

Written by stacy morgan
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The para rubber tree, commonly known as the rubber tree, is native to the Amazon rainforest, and grown today in southeast Asia and tropical regions of Africa, according to The para rubber tree produces a sap known as latex, which is used to produce natural rubber. The wood from the rubber tree is harvested for the production of furniture and kitchen tools after trees cease production of latex, around 30 years of age.

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Things you need

  • Paper towel
  • Water
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Wood oil
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Wipe down rubberwood furniture with a paper towel moistened with warm water. Rubberwood utensils and cutting boards can be washed in a sink with warm water and mild dish detergent.

  2. 2

    Apply 1 tbsp of wood furniture oil to a clean, lint-free rag and rub it into the surface of the rubberwood. Use butcher block oil in place of furniture oil on cutting boards and rubberwood utensils.

  3. 3

    Buff the excess oil from the surface of the rubberwood by rubbing the cloth in a circular motion across the surface.

Tips and warnings

  • Position rubberwood furniture out of direct sunlight to prevent warping.

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