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How to Care for Rubberwood

Updated February 21, 2017

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

  4. Tip

    Position rubberwood furniture out of direct sunlight to prevent warping.

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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Connecticut-based Stacy Morgan began writing for eHow in 2009. Morgan graduated from the Porter and Chester Institute of Technology with a certification in architectural drafting.

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