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Caring for oil finish furniture

*This product is sold at the PARTS & SUPPLY online store .

The bright and sunny early spring days, when you can open the windows and feel comfortable, are perfect for furniture maintenance.

Do your wooden tables and chairs have a beautiful sheen? Wooden furniture breathes and lives. A rough surface is a sign that maintenance is required. When it dries, the surface becomes whitish, and not only does it look good, but it also causes deterioration such as cracks and warping, so be sure to moisturize.

The method I will introduce this time is to care for furniture with an oil finish. Please note that it is not suitable for solid wood or urethane processing.

We use medium brown and dark brown sample pieces of our original furniture Calm series . Let's take a look at Before/After while introducing the care method.

Before/After preparation

The long-selling product used by furniture stores around the world since it was manufactured in the 18th century. Lemon oil and beeswax from Old Village, a long-established American company.

I divided it into 3 parts with masking tape so that you can see the difference between beeswax wax / no coating / lemon oil. Use kimtowel instead of cloth or waste. You can also use an old soft cloth, towel or paper towel.

Old Village Lemon Oil - Lemon Oil

Giving oil to the wood prevents it from drying out and warping. In addition to wooden products, it is also used for various purposes such as polishing stainless steel and plastic, and protecting leather.

    1. Remove dirt.
    2. Drizzle lemon oil directly along the grain of the wood and apply with a clean cloth as if you were waxing.
    3. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes to absorb the oil.
    4. Wipe the entire surface dry. This will allow the oil to blend in better.
    5. Let it dry for 30 minutes. Do not put anything on the wood during that time. If it is hard to dry, let it dry overnight. Two coats are recommended in dry environments.

Lemon oil is ideal for maintenance once every six months, depending on how dry and deteriorated the furniture is. In addition, depending on the environment, such as when the furniture is near an air conditioner, we recommend cleaning it every 3 to 4 months.

Old Village Wax Polish - Beeswax Wax

By covering the surface with wax and coating it, it has the effect of preserving it and making it easier to remove the attached dirt. Give your furniture a shine.

  1. Wipe dry to remove dirt and dust.
  2. Shake the bottle well.
  3. Apply a small amount of wax to a clean cloth.
  4. Apply evenly and lightly along the grain of the wood.
  5. Allow 15 minutes for the wax to dry.
  6. Wipe dry and you are done.

The overall color is dark and the texture is moist. For beeswax wax, maintenance once every six months is ideal. Depending on the environment, such as when the furniture is placed near an air conditioner, we recommend cleaning it every 3 to 4 months.


You can hardly feel the difference between beeswax wax and lemon oil. In both cases, the overall color is dark, the wood grain is clear, and the finish is moist and beautiful. You can also see how dry and whitish the uncoated part is compared to the uncoated part.

Lemon oil is like lotion, and beeswax is milky lotion. It's safe to have two, but you can feel the difference even if you take care of either one as shown in the photo.

If you look at it from a different angle, you can see that it has a natural gloss.

In this way, maintenance is important not only to protect the surface, but also to revive the charm of the material. If you maintain it yourself, you will be more attached to it, and you will be able to enjoy the beautiful aging of the wood and the charm of oil finish furniture. Please try it.

* If you are a beginner, try applying it on an inconspicuous area such as the back of the top plate.

Related link: Daily maintenance

Lemon oil and beeswax wax are available at the PARTS & SUPPLY online store.

Old Village Lemon Oil / Old Village Wax polish Beeswax

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