How to Use Oil to Treat Wood

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How to Use Oil to Treat Wood
Boiled linseed oil gives your wood a lubricating treatment. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Using oil to treat the wood items in your home is an effective way to restore the lustre and shine. Boiled linseed oil is available in hardware and home supply stores and works beautifully on furniture or other wood items that are not painted or have a shellac finish. Wood furniture and other products will last for decades if given the proper care. This oil treatment also helps disguise scratches, gets rid of dullness and lubricates the wood surface.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Old boiler or 2-quart can
  • 3 tbsp boiled linseed oil
  • 2 tbsp turpentine
  • Long-handled spoon
  • Soft cloths

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  1. 1

    Put on the rubber gloves and pour 1 quart of hot water into the boiler or a 2-quart can. For the best results, keep the solution hot while treating the wood.

  2. 2

    Add 3 tbsp of boiled linseed oil and 2 tbsp turpentine to the hot water. Stir the mixture with a long-handled spoon.

  3. 3

    Immerse a cloth in the hot mixture and wring it out so that it does not drip.

  4. 4

    Rub the cloth over a section of wood that is 1 or 2 feet square. Place the cloth back into the solution if necessary to completely clean the wood section.

  5. 5

    Wipe the section you cleaned with a soft dry cloth to remove any of the remaining solution. Boiled linseed oil becomes tacky if not completely wiped off.

  6. 6

    Move on to the next section of wood and repeat the method until all the wood surface is treated and restored.

Tips and warnings

  • Save money by making your own furniture polish. Combine two parts sweet oil and one part apple cider vinegar into a plastic spray bottle. Shake before each use. Spray the mixture on a soft cloth and polish your furniture normally. Use only on furniture with a finish.
  • Turpentine is available at hardware, paint and home supply stores.
  • Sweet oil is sold at most pharmacies and health food stores.

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