Aug 13, 2013

Many have gone about restoring wood furniture using nothing more than Canola oil and vinegar. If you think about this process of restoring wood – the oil serves to nourish while the acetic acid in vinegar breaks down any wax or polish residue on the surface.

The only fault with this type of treatment is that vegetable oil goes rancid over time, whereas substituting with Mineral Oil, Danish, Teak, Tung or Walnut Oil will have a longer-lasting effect. What’s more is that these oils do not go rancid. Using Mineral oil is reasonably inexpensive and can be found at your local pharmacy.

Restoring Wood Furniture – DIY Wood Tricks


Before running the risk of ruining a piece of furniture, visit your local Builders Warehouse and ask for Plascon Woodcare Wax & Oil Remover. 100% biodegradable & VOC-free, this product is designed to easily remove built-up layers of wax & oils that lead to white rings on the surface of wooden furniture.

The water-based formula restores the natural beauty of wood without leaving behind any acidic residues or smelly after-effects. Apply liberally with a synthetic brush or roller and wait for the product to soften the coating on wood furniture.The coating should easily rinse off when ready.

DIY GUIDE: Restoring Wood Furniture with Plascon Woodcare Wax & Oil Remover

  • Apply Plascon Woodcare Wax & Oil Remover over a piece of wood furniture and follow the instructions. Once rinsed off, allow the furniture to dry for inspection.
  • Cleaning off excess wax or polish will allow you to see how extensive the damage is and whether or not the surface needs to be sanded. Deep scratches or marks can be sanded with 120-grit sandpaper, and finer scratches with 180-grit sandpaper.
  • After sanding, wipe clean with a soft cloth lightly dampened with mineral turpentine and check to see if additional sanding needs to be done. If you sanded with 120-grit sandpaper, now you need to sand again with 180/240-grit.

Now you are ready to apply your choice of finish:


Restoring Wood Furniture with Wood Oil

If using a wood oil, pour into a rag and rub down the furniture. Have a clean rag handy to wipe again after 10 minutes. This removes any excess oil and also allows you to spot any dry spots. If the wood hasn’t been well looked after, it will probably soak up the oil immediately and you may need to apply an additional coat or two of oil until it no longer looks dry on the surface.

Restoring Wood Furniture with Antique Wax

After oiling a piece of wood furniture, I personally like to wait a few days and then apply a coat of antique wax. This aids in protecting the surface for longer and imparts a satin sheen that repels water. The only downside of both oil and wax is that they need to be applied regularly – as soon as the piece starts to look dry and dull.

Restoring Wood Furniture Using Varnish

Plascon have a range of Woodcare products suitable for interior use. A good-quality varnish is the best choice for wood furniture that is used often, such as coffee tables, side tables and dining room tables.


Plascon Woodcare Water-based Varnish Interior is a premium-quality, non-drip varnish for interior use. The water-based formula means this product is easy to apply, quick-drying, and non-hazardous.

Plascon Woodcare Ultra Varnish is an excellent-quality, polyurethane varnish suitable for a wide range of interior woodwork applications. It can be applied to furniture, cupboards, skirtings, floors and counters.

You will find the full range of Plascon Woodcare products at your local Builders Warehouse.

This article originally appeared on Janice Anderson’s website Home-Dzine