Fredericia Furniture

Oiled treated wood


GENERALLY
Oil treated wooden furniture is quite resistant to dust and water as well as minor scratches, and marks are not easily detectable. The wood absorbs the oil, thus creating a soft surface, which protects the wood and makes it both dirt- and water-resistant. Oil treated wood will develop a natural patina, which will only become more and more beautiful over time. Fredericia offers oil treatment with various products, including oak, smoked oak and walnut.

Oil treated oak and walnut: We use clear wax oil on all pieces made from oak and walnut.

Smoked oak: Our oak wood is smoked in ammonium vapours, according to traditional directions. After the final sanding (by hand), the smoked oak is treated with clear wax oil.

DAILY CLEANING
Wipe with a clean, dry cloth. We recommend that you refrain from using wet cloths on oil treated surfaces whenever possible. If you cannot remove stains with a dry cloth then use a soft cloth firmly wrung in clean water. Wipe again, immediately after, with a dry cloth. Always wipe in the longitudinal direction of the wood grain.

If a surface is particularly dirty, you can add soap flakes (¼ dl) to the clean water (5 litres) or as an alternative you can use any cleaning agent specifically developed for oil treated surfaces. Once a surface has been washed, it should be retreated with oil, according to the instructions below.

Warning: Never use chemicals, scouring pads, wire wool or similar items, as they will ruin the surface. Never use pure linseed oil on any wooden furniture.

MAINTENANCE
A fresh, thin layer of oil should regularly be applied to oil treated surfaces. Fredericia recommends using Leather Master Wood Wax Oil on all oil treated woods (oak, smoked oak & walnut). However, oil should only be reapplied when necessary, for instance if the wooden surface looks dry or dull or is visibly stained. Applying a fresh layer of oil should be carried out 1-2 times a year in order to maintain the colour and glow of the wood.

Wipe down all wooden surfaces with a soft cloth firmly wrung in lukewarm water before applying the oil. Possibly add soap flakes to the water to remove tough stains. Leave the surface to dry off for at least one hour, and then apply the oil.

If the grains ‘rise’, you can gently sand the surface with sandpaper (240 grit). Sand the surface only once, and always remember to work in the longitudinal direction. After sanding, wipe the surface with a dry, soft cloth in order to remove any remaining dust.

Then pour a little oil onto a clean, soft sponge and apply to the entire surface, again you must make sure to work only in the wood grain’s longitudinal direction. Make sure that you cover every surface, including underneath and along the edges in order to minimize wear. Let the wood absorb the oil for approx. 20 minutes, after which you remove any surplus oil by wiping the surfaces with a clean, dry and lint-free cloth along the grains’ longitudinal direction. Wooden furniture should be left to dry for at least 24 hours before use. Repeat treatment as necessary.

Warning: Cloths doused in oil may self-ignite and should be carefully disposed. We recommend that you keep oily cloths in a closed plastic or metal container with a little bit of water.