Oiled Timber Natural/White

We use a traditional wood oil finish followed by wax, 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 natural Danish oil finish deepens the natural colour of the timber, while our pigmented oils enhance the natural appearance while altering the colour of the grain. One important benefit of this finish is the relative ease with which damage is repaired, as the timber can be reapplied with wax 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 WAX REFRESHER

For long-term general maintenance, periodic reapplication of wax is required. Ideally, the furniture should be waxed in the following way once every six months to a year. You will need Wax Refresher (clear for Danish oil finish, or the appropriate pigmented wax for pigmented finishes - ie. white wax for white oiled finish), and two soft white cloths.

STEP 1: Take a small piece of wax, the size relative to the surface being cleaned. For the top of a dining table, you will need approximately 3-4 tablespoons of wax, applied one tablespoon at a time.

STEP 2: Rub the wax into one of the soft cloths. It is important to rub the wax thoroughly into the cloth, so it is one even, thin layer, almost becoming part of the cloth. First push the wax into the cloth with a circular movement of your hand, then grab both sides of the cloth and rub them together.

STEP 3: Once the wax is thoroughly worked in, use the cloth to rub the entire surface of the timber, always following the grain direction. Add more wax to your cloth as needed, to allow the entire timber surface to receive an even layer of wax.

STEP 4: Wipe the surface with the clean white cloth to rid of excess wax. Allow the surface to dry for 24 hours before use. NOTE: We recommend refraining from placing heavy objects on the surface for 5-7 days after applying wax.

LIGHT DAMAGE AND STAINS - SAND TIMBER / REAPPLY WAX REFRESHER

For light damage, scratches and stains, use the following procedure. You will need Wax Refresher (clear for Danish oil finish, or the appropriate pigmented wax for pigmented finishes - ie. white wax for white oiled finish), two soft white cloths, one 250 grit (very fine) sanding sponge, and one scouring pad.

STEP 1: 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. Too much sanding may remove the layers of oil thus creating a patchy finish.

STEP 2: Next, lightly sand the entire surface as one, using long strokes, again following the grain direction.

STEP 3: Take the scouring pad and wipe the entire surface, following the grain direction. This will help to create an extra smooth surface.

STEP 4: Wipe the surface with the clean white cloth to rid of all dust.

STEP 5: Take a small piece of wax, the size relative to the surface being cleaned. For the top of a dining table, you will need approximately 3-4 tablespoons of wax, applied one tablespoon at a time.

STEP 6: Rub the wax into one of the soft cloths. It is important to rub the wax thoroughly into the cloth, so it is one even, thin layer, almost becoming part of the cloth. First push the wax into the cloth with a circular movement of your hand, then grab both sides of the cloth and rub them together.

STEP 7: Once the wax is thoroughly worked in, use the cloth to rub the entire surface of the timber, always following the grain direction. Add more wax to your cloth as needed, to allow the entire timber surface to receive an even layer of wax.

STEP 8: Wipe the surface with the clean white cloth to rid of excess wax. Allow the surface to dry for 24 hours before use. NOTE: We recommend refraining from placing heavy objects on the surface for 5-7 days after applying wax.

DEEP SCRATCHES AND DENTS - STEAM AND REAPPLY WAX REFRESHER

For deep scratches and dents, a steam iron can be used to raise the wood fibres, before reapplying Wax Refresher. You will need a steam iron, 1 thin lint-free cloth (such as a J-cloth), 2 soft cloths, and Wax Refresher (clear for Danish oil finish, or the appropriate pigmented wax for pigmented finishes - ie. white wax for white oiled finish).

STEP 1: Pour water into your steam iron, and turn the heat to the highest setting.

STEP 2: Pour a small amount of water (approximately one tablespoon) directly onto the dent in the timber, then place a cloth on top of the water, and pour another tablespoon of water on top of the cloth.

STEP 3: 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. Allow the patch to dry fully before applying Wax Refresher

STEP 4: Take a small piece of wax, the size relative to the surface being cleaned. For the top of a dining table, you will need approximately 3-4 tablespoons of wax, applied one tablespoon at a time.

STEP 5: Rub the wax into one of the soft cloths. It is important to rub the wax thoroughly into the cloth, so it is one even, thin layer, almost becoming part of the cloth. First push the wax into the cloth with a circular movement of your hand, then grab both sides of the cloth and rub them together.

STEP 6: Once the wax is thoroughly worked in, use the cloth to rub the entire surface of the timber, always following the grain direction. Add more wax to your cloth as needed, to allow the entire timber surface to receive an even layer of wax.

STEP 7: Wipe the surface with the clean white cloth to rid of excess wax. Allow the surface to dry for 24 hours before use. NOTE: We recommend refraining from placing heavy objects on the surface for 5-7 days after applying wax.

Please refer to the De La Espada care film should you need further guidance on the above care instructions.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION- It is advisable to wear gloves whilst applying wax. Do not store wax near sources of extreme temperature. Do not take internally. Keep out of reach of children.