Wood care guide

As with any clear finish, oils do not give complete protection from the harsh rays of New Zealand sun.

Oils penetrate, feed and harden the fibres of bare wood, giving a durable water-resistant surface not prone to chipping or flaking. Use them on kitchen cupboards, bench tops, tables, chairs, floors, windows and door or any other wooden surface. Danish Oil gives a matte/satin finish.

Apply oils with a cloth (or use a brush or sponge for larger areas and wipe over with a cloth to remove any brush marks). Thin coats are best - don't be tempted to put too much on at a time. Allow overnight to dry and sand between coats with fine (250 grit) sandpaper or 0000 grade steel wool in the direction of the grain.

Two thin coats are sufficient for most purposes on bare wood, but for kitchen worktops, floors, external doors and tables use three or four coats. If applied carefully this will give a water-resistant finish, even for hot cups of coffee!

Unlike most other wood finishes, you can restore the finish at any stage of its life by wiping down with mineral turpentine and applying another coat of oil.

We recommend CO Products on our wooden furniture.