How to Care for Oak Wood

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Oak trees produce a beautiful, strong wood for furniture and cultural artifacts. Because of oak wood's natural properties, a proper care can make the wood last for decades without losing its beauty. Follow these steps to keep your oak wood looking great.

  • Pay attention to what touches the wood's surface. Most damage to oak is a result of hot, corrosive or dirty objects placed on the surface of the wood. While most of the damage can be treated, the best treatment of all is prevention. Keep coasters and cloths on oak surfaces to prevent scars and stains.

  • Clean the wood regularly. Cleaning oak is a fairly simple process that requires moistening a high quality cloth with furniture cleaner or mineral spirits. A simple rub down of the oak surface is enough to rid it of dust and unwanted chemical agents. Clean oak at least once a month.

  • Treat stains as soon as they occur. While the damage caused by a stain might look terrible, chances are that it's reversible. Dampen a cloth with mineral spirits to attack the stain. If the stain is stubborn, dampen the cloth with camphorated oil to rub out the spot.

  • Repair watermarks, burns and even chips as soon as possible. While a deep chip in the wood seems like an irreversible eyesore, there are reliable methods for treatment. Speak with an antique furniture expert to find the best way to deal with the issue as soon as it arises.

  • Find a reliable specialist to deal with issues promptly. At the end of the day, an expert will be able to best clean and care for oak surfaces. Speak with antiques dealers to get a reference for a good oak specialist in your area.

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