Oiled Timber Black

We use a traditional wood oil finish with a black pigment, applied by even application to the timber planks. This finish seals the pores of the timber, enhancing the natural structure of the wood and forming a water repellent protection against everyday wear and tear. Our black oil finish gives the timber an attractive colour with a black grain, highlighting the natural variations. One important benefit of this finish is the relative ease with which damage is repaired, as the timber can be reapplied with oil at any moment. We recommend you use only products supplied or approved by De La Espada.

Please follow the care instructions below. You may also wish to refer to our care film.

Care instructions

DAILY MAINTENANCE - WIPE WITH A DAMP CLOTH

For daily maintenance of tabletops and shelves, use a damp cloth or sponge with clean water, wiping down the whole surface as one. When done correctly, this procedure should deal with any small hairline scratches, daily wear and tear and dust build up. Do not concentrate cleaning or wiping on small patches/areas of the tabletop or shelves, even if the mark/tarnish is located in one particular part of the surface. This will cause the surface to appear patchy due to uneven wiping and rubbing. Do not use spirits, bleaches or any other chemical cleaners to clean the timber. Please ensure that direct contact with hot objects is avoided by using table mats. Prevention is the best protection from surface scratches. Always use table mats, coasters and tablecloths to ensure a beautiful long lasting surface. Avoid spillages and do not use any corrosive products such as bleach anywhere near the timber. Any spillages should be wiped clean immediately. Once the immediate spillage is cleared, ensure that the whole surface is wiped clean.

LONG-TERM GENERAL MAINTENANCE - REAPPLY BLACK OIL

For long-term general maintenance, periodic reapplication of oil is required. Ideally, the furniture should be oiled in the following way once every six months to a year. You will need our Black Oiled Timber Care and Repair Kit.

Black oil contains a black pigment that can stain and mark, particularly if the spillage is left to dry. It is essential to protect from spillages by using drop cloths, rubber gloves and coveralls when applying oil. Any undesirable spills should be cleaned immediately with a clean cloth.

STEP 1: Before beginning, place a drop cloth under the item you intend to oil, and use drop cloths to cover any nearby objects. Be sure your clothes are protected by coveralls and your hands by rubber gloves.

STEP 2: Ensure the product is level. For example, in the case of a chair, which may have a sloping seat, place levellers under the back feet to level the seat.

STEP 3: Using a clean soft cloth, wipe the entire surface of the product to rid of any dust.

STEP 4: Holding the closed lid in place, briefly shake the tin of black oil to mix the contents. Next, remove the lid.

STEP 5: Pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of black oil onto the wood, more or less depending on the size of the surface being oiled. For large areas such as the top of a dining table, you may find it easier to work in sections. Using a clean soft cloth, begin spreading the oil in a circular motion to ensure an effective application. If oiling a large surface in sections, then after you finish spreading the black oil on the first section, start working on the next, adding more oil as needed, until the black oil is spread across the entire surface.

STEP 6: To further even out the application, use the oiled cloth to wipe down the whole surface as one, using long strokes following the grain direction. Run the cloth along the edges of the table top if oiling a table. The surface should look black and completely covered with a layer of oil.

STEP 7: Using a clean cloth, wipe the entire surface and the edges to rid of excess oil. This process will start to expose the uppers layers of the wood, thus showing the natural colour of the wood species, whilst preserving the dark pigment in the grain. After removing most of the excess oil, continue wiping with a clean cloth or the other side of the cloth you are using, until you reach the desired tone. Try to seamlessly blend each area you are oiling, balancing the dark tone of the oil pigment with the natural tones of the wood species.

STEP 8: Stand back and look at the entire product as one, ensuring that the surface has a harmonious, even tone throughout. If the surface is the desired shade then proceed to step 9. If the tone is patchy, too light or too dark please rectify it as follows:

PATCHY
If the surface appears patchy, try to lighten the darker areas by rubbing them further with a clean cloth. Once the dark patches appear closer in tone to the lighter areas, wipe the entire surface as one to further even out the colour.

TOO LIGHT
If the tone is too light, first allow the surface to dry for 24 hours, then reapply the black oil. Allow 24 hours drying time between each oil application and before use.

TOO DARK
If the tone is too dark and the oil is still wet, continue wiping with a clean cloth until you reach the desired tone.

If the oil is already beginning to dry, then first let it dry for 24 hours. Next, use a scouring pad to lightly rub the surface with long strokes in the direction of the wood grain until you reach the desired tone, then wipe with a clean cloth.

STEP 9: Allow the surface to dry for 24 hours before use.

LIGHT DAMAGE AND STAINS - SAND TIMBER / REAPPLY OIL

For light damage, scratches and stains, use the following procedure. You will need our Black Oiled Timber Care and Repair Kit, drop cloths to protect surrounding surfaces, one 250 grit (very fine) sanding sponge, and one scouring pad.

STEP 1: Before beginning, place a drop cloth under the item you intend to repair, and use drop cloths to cover any nearby objects.

STEP 2: Take the sanding sponge, and sand in long strokes across the affected area, following the direction of the wood grain. To avoid an uneven appearance, do not concentrate the sanding exclusively on a single patch, and sand only until the mark is removed.

STEP 3: Next, lightly sand the entire surface as one, using long strokes, again following the grain direction.

STEP 4: Take the scouring pad and wipe the entire surface, following the grain direction. This will help to create an extra smooth surface.

STEP 5: Wipe the surface with the clean white cloth to rid of all dust.

STEP 6: Reapply oil by following the procedure in the “Reapply Black Oil” section.

NOTE: We recommend choosing one of the product surfaces not being repaired, and using that as a guideline for the tone you are trying to achieve with the repaired surface. Once you have applied the oil and rubbed it with a clean cloth, stand back and look at the entire product as one, comparing the repaired surface to the surfaces used as a tone guide. Then finish or correct the tone as per instructions in the “Reapply Black Oil” section.

DEEP SCRATCHES AND DENTS - STEAM AND REAPPLY OIL

For deep scratches and dents, a steam iron can be used to raise the wood fibres before reapplying oil. You will need a steam iron, a bottle of water, 1 thin lint-free cloth (such as a J-cloth), 2 soft cloths, and a Black Oiled Timber Care and Repair Kit.

STEP 1: Before beginning, place a drop cloth under the item you intend to repair, and use drop cloths to cover any nearby objects.

STEP 2: Pour water into your steam iron, and turn the heat to the highest setting.

STEP 3: Pour a small amount of water (approximately one tablespoon) directly onto the dent in the timber, then place a lint-free cloth on top of the water, and pour another tablespoon of water on top of the cloth.

STEP 4: Use the steam iron to gently iron the cloth, being sure not to let the cloth get too dry. Add more water as needed. Periodically lift the cloth to check the progress you are making with the dent, then replace the cloth and continue to iron, being sure to add water as needed, until you are happy with the results. Use the cloth to wipe away any excess water, then allow the patch to dry fully before applying oil.

STEP 5: Reapply oil by following the instructions in the “Reapply Black Oil” section above.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Always protect your hands with gloves when applying oil. Oily cloths can spontaneously combust if not disposed of properly. When you are finished applying the oil, immediately immerse the cloth in water, then put the wet cloth in a plastic bag and seal the bag with a knot so it is airtight. Do not store oil near sources of extreme temperature. Do not take internally. Keep out of reach of children.