Danish oil removal

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Danish oil removal
Danish oil is used to treat timber, such as wooden floors and worktops. (Courtesy of tungoil.co.uk.)

Removing excess Danish oil after applying it to wood is straightforward, if a little messy. Regarding Danish oil spills, you should attend to them quickly. How you dispose of old Danish oil is partly dependent on your local authority. However, there are specialised companies who will come and remove it from your property, for a fee. In this case, ensure you choose a company with a well-established reputation for ethical disposal.

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Danish oil is used to treat timber, such as wooden floors and worktops. According to Anglo Building Products Ltd., you can remove excess Danish oil that has been freshly applied to a wooden floor with a squeegee and cloths. Gather the excess unabsorbed Danish oil together by dragging the rubber blade of the squeegee over the floor. Form a pool of the oil to facilitate more efficient removal. Wipe up the oil with dry, lint-free cloths.


Danish oil enters the porous surface of the wood and deposits a resin coating. It dries -- or cures -- quickly in about four to six hours, according to Wood Worktops. You don’t have to remove it in order to apply a different finish, Wood Worktops claim. Simply paint or varnish over it. Indeed, some woodworkers -- like American Woodworker's Michael Dresdner -- refer to Danish oil as a wonderful basecoat.


You are advised to avoid spilling Danish oil because it emits potentially irritating vapours in high concentrations. If you do spill some -- or discover a container leak -- cover it in vermiculite, dry sand or earth. Vermiculite is a product used in gardening to help retain moisture. The oil will be absorbed by the vermiculite, dry sand or earth and you can then sweep it up and place it into a container to remove it. You should then flush the spillage area with plenty of water.


Every local authority has slightly different regulations for the disposal of chemicals and other potentially hazardous substances. However, according to hazardous waste disposal services Envirogreen, the general trend is towards hazardous landfill becoming less acceptable. If you have some old drums of Danish oil that you wish to have removed from your premises, contact a hazardous waste management disposal company for advice.

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