The rustic wooden box was a popular choice for outdoor furnishings because it’s easy to find, very versatile, and relatively inexpensive. To take care of your oak, you need to protect it from the elements, but how do you do that without damaging the wood? There are several steps you can take to prevent your oak from getting stained.
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The first thing you should do is clean out your oak using water and soap with a mild detergent. Make sure the wood is completely dry before you do this or you will leave stains on your wood. You should also use a soft brush to remove any lint that may have collected on the box.
Next, apply a non-solvent stain to the exterior of the box to protect the natural oils from degrading the wood. I recommend Rustoleum Wood Wax. It contains UV stabilizers that help protect the oak from fading, making it easier to care for. The wax will also help extend the life of your wooden furniture.
When you bring the wood outside, make sure you have a clear path so you don’t get splinters or break the fragile wood on your wooden furniture. When you have cleaned the wood, use a brush to lightly sand the surface to remove any dust particles that could have gotten on the furniture.
You may be able to damage the grain in your rustic wooden box if you use an abrasive pad on the surface. Some companies make wheels for wood furniture that is made of plastic, and they can scratch the surface of the wood if you get too much pressure on the wood.
When you store your wooden furniture, be sure to store it in a closed plastic bag to prevent moisture from seeping in. When you open the bag, let the room airflow through to make sure there is no moisture left in the bag.
Wear gloves when you’re working with your wooden furniture to avoid getting your hands covered in the dust and oils that come off the box. Wash the hands regularly to prevent the chemical from touching your skin.
You should only wash your wooden furniture once every few months to prevent damage to the grain of the wood. You should only wash your furniture when you plan to use it, so you don’t miss any stains.
When you’re in the process of cleaning up the dirt from your wooden furniture, consider adding a little bit of wood conditioner to the water to help you achieve a stain-free finish. You can buy conditioner at most craft stores, as well as home improvement stores.
A little air conditioning can be helpful when you’re cleaning up any spills that have been on your wooden furniture. The moisture from the wood can settle and form droplets, so be sure to use a good air compressor.
A good way to kill the bacteria that is found on the wood is to pour bleach into a bucket of water and throw a plastic bag over the top of the bucket. Leave the bag on the wood for about a minute, then take the bag off the wood and wipe it clean.
After you finish with the stain, clean up the mess with a soft brush. Lastly, give your wooden furniture a good wash with water and soap and store it away until you need it again.