care of timber furniture

Maintenance Of timber furniture

Instructions for the care of Osmo finished wood furniture


The timber used to create your unique piece of bespoke furniture needs to be cared for to ensure that it stays looking beautiful for many years to come. Applying wax to your piece will ensure that the surface is kept water resistant and the timber is able to compensate to the environmental changes it is exposed to such as heating, air conditioning, humidity and direct sunlight. The care and attention shown to your furniture will be rewarded not just with longevity but also with an improvement in the look and feel of the timber with a lovely patina developing over time. The maintenance instructions as described here are for a dining table or bench top as these require the highest amount of maintenance. 

 We only recommend using these Osmo products as they have been designed specifically to care for an Osmo finished surface. You can purchase the maintenance pack for indoor furniture here and the Osmo UV protector for outdoor furniture found here.  For more information on the Osmo natural oil and wax finish, click here. Please note that your warranty is only valid if you use the Osmo maintenance kit or UV protector.  


Maintenance advice for the care of recycled timber furniture 

In the first 28 days after the initial application of the finish, it is advised to take extra special care of the surface whilst it cures. This especially applies to surfaces that come into contact with liquid and food.  It is recommended to cover the surface whilst in use with a table cloth, old sheet or towel during this time to soak up any spills. Contact with air is vital in the curing process so having good air flow and removing the cover when not in use is very important. 

Don't use detergents or spray cleaners on the surface as the majority of products in the market these days are too harsh.  The only recommended product for cleaning an Osmo finished piece of furniture is the Osmo wash and care. You can use this product as often as you like on the surface and it can be diluted in a spray bottle for ease of use.

Too much care and attention can be detrimental to the surface so please don't use the wax product more often than described here. 

Spills should be cleaned as soon as possible using a damp cloth and wiped dry.

Avoid placing very hot items on the surface.  Mugs and plates are fine but pots, casserole dishes etc placed directly on the surface can burn the timber. 

In the case of a scratch, applying a coat of liquid wax will help in decreasing its appearance as well as preventing it getting worse. 

Don't scrub the surface with an abrasive cloth as this can damage the timber and the finish.  Stained areas can be spot cleaned using a white scotch pad. 

Avoid contact with acidic liquids such as vinegar or lemon juice. 


Application directions for Osmo liquid wax cleaner for indoor furniture

Ensure the surface is clean, dry and without dust. We only recommend cleaning the surface with the Osmo Wash and Care product that comes in the maintenance kit as it will not damage the finish. This is diluted to 1 cap per litre. 

Lightly spray the surface with the spray liquid wax cleaner at a distance of 30cm. 

Simply rub the product in with a lint free cloth and your done! 

If there are areas that are showing more wear, you can spray the product directly onto your cloth and apply a concentrated amount to the area. 


Frequency of application of wax on indoor furniture

It is recommended to apply the liquid wax cleaner spray to a high use surface such as a dining table or a bench top every 3 months in a home environment.  We also recommend an additional application within the first month after receiving your piece of furniture. For less often touched pieces such as a TV cabinet or buffet, reapplication is only required every 6 months. Use your eyes and hands as a indicator of then the timber needs a bit of nourishment.  It it looks lackluster, dull and not so silky, it probably needs an application of oil.   


Application directions for Osmo UV Protector for outdoor furniture 

 Napisan can be used to give the surface a good clean. Firstly spray down the surface with a high pressure cleaner to remove the worst of the dust and dirt. Mix up a cap full of napisan in a litre of water and brush onto the surface. Use a high pressure cleaner to rinse off the product.  It is suggested to avoid sanding the surface if possible as this tends to push the dirt into the grain rather than removing it. 

Ensure that the surface has been cleaned properly and allowed to fully dry, this may take up to 2 days in cold cloudy weather. 

Use a lint free cloth to apply the UV protector oil in the direction of the grain.   

The product should be dry in 12 hours. 


Frequency of application of protection oil on outdoor furniture

This is not an exact science as it depends on the environment in which your piece of furniture is living that determines how often it needs a reapplication.   If for example, if your piece is exposed to the full afternoon sun and is baked by hot paving underneath then every three months it will be getting thirsty.  If however the piece is under cover and has no direct sunlight on the surface then every 6 - 12 months may be sufficient depending on the usage.  The best way to gauge is by look and feel.  If the surface is starting to look dry and lackluster then it needs a treatment. 

By adding this new thin layer of wax you will immediately notice that it completely brings a higher depth of color to the piece and makes it look brand new again. It reduces the appearance of fine scratches, leaves the timber feeling silky and resistant to stains.  Want to see the Osmo maintenance pack products in action? Check out this blog post.