How to Care for Monkey Pod Wood

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How to Care for Monkey Pod Wood
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Monkey pod wood, also known as Acacia wood, is a durable and naturally resinous hardwood that is harvested from fast-growing Acacia trees. People have recognised the value of monkey pod wood since biblical times; it is mentioned in the book of Exodus as the material that was used to construct the Ark of the Covenant. Today, monkey pod wood is often used to make fine natural furniture and tableware. Proper care of your monkey pod wood will help your wood retain its beauty for many years.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Canopy or patio umbrella
  • Soft cloth
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Dish rack
  • Plastic tarp or furniture cover
  • Wood preservative or furniture wax

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Keep monkey pod wood furniture out of direct sunlight to prevent the wood from drying out. Place patio furniture made of monkey pod wood under a tree, canopy or patio umbrella to protect the wood from harmful ultraviolet rays.

  2. 2

    Wipe down the surface of your monkey pod wood furniture with a soft cloth that has been dampened in warm, soapy water, as needed, to remove any sticky spills. Allow your monkey pod wood furniture to air dry.

  3. 3

    Treat monkey pod wood furniture with a wood preservative or furniture wax to seal the wood after cleaning, or as needed, to restore its shine. For best results, use wood preservative or furniture wax products according to package directions.

  4. 4

    Cover patio furniture made of monkey pod wood during rainy or snowy weather to prevent the wood from warping due to excessive moisture.

  5. 5

    Wash tableware made of monkey pod wood in warm, soapy water. Rinse the tableware under warm running water to wash away any bubbles. Place the monkey pod wood tableware in a dish rack and allow it to air dry.

  6. 6

    Rub monkey pod wood tableware with a non-toxic mineral oil to restore its shine. Allow the mineral oil to soak into the wood completely before use.

Tips and warnings

  • For best results, store monkey pod wood tableware in a cool, dry location.
  • To keep your monkey pod tableware or furniture in good condition, always re-wax or apply mineral polish to your pieces after use.
  • Do not soak tableware made of monkey pod wood. Whether tableware or furniture, monkey pod wood can be damaged by standing water.
  • Monkey pod wood tableware is not dishwasher safe.

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