5 of The Best Oils to Use for Wood Furniture

Wood is a beautiful material that can be used to fashion beautiful and timeless furniture. It’s very versatile material and stands the test of time when cared for properly. However, wood does not stay healthy and lustrous forever without proper care. Fortunately, you can take some simple steps to keep your furniture looking great. Here are five oils and oil blend options that you can apply directly to your wood furniture. Be sure to discuss with furniture specialists to determine which oils work best with your furniture.

Linseed Oil

This oil has been used as an all-purpose household cleaner since ancient times. It removes grease and grime without leaving behind any harmful chemicals. This makes it perfect for cleaning your kitchen countertops, sinks, floors, and other surfaces around your home. Linseed oil also works well as a finishing oil for wood furniture.

Linseed oil is one of the best oils to use for wood finishes because it penetrates deep into the grain of the wood, giving it a rich color and protecting it against moisture. If you want to clean your wood furniture with linseed oil, make sure to dilute it first with water. You may also want to add a few drops of lemon juice to help prevent the oil from staining your furniture.

Lemon Oil

If you have hardwood furniture, this is probably the most important oil you should try using. Lemon oil helps protect your wood furniture by repelling insects and molds. It keeps away dirt and dust particles too, which means that your furniture stays cleaner longer.

You can also use lemon oil to seal your wood furniture. Mix two parts lemon oil to 1 part mineral spirits. Apply the mixture to the surface of your furniture with a soft cloth. Let the mixture dry completely before applying another coat. Always take special care to ensure that the furniture needs sealing before doing so.

Lavender Oil

Just a few drops of lavender oil added to your cleaning mixture can have your furniture looking and smelling like new. As an added bonus, the scent of lavender is known to calm people down and relax them, which is why it’s so popular among aromatherapists. Lavender oil is also good at keeping bugs away from your house. Mixing it with lemon oil gives your furniture a nice smell and can help repel pests.

Mineral Oil

If you don’t like the idea of using natural oils on your wood furniture, then you might consider trying mineral oil instead. Mineral oil is a petroleum product in both liquid and solid form. It provides excellent protection against mold and mildew growth. It’s also non-flammable and won’t stain your furniture.

Mix equal amounts of mineral oil and vegetable oil. Start sparingly. To do so, rub the mixture onto the surface of your furniture using a rag. Make sure to let the mixture dry completely before adding another layer.

Tung Oil

Tung oil (also called China wood oil) is made from the seed from the nut of tung trees. It was traditionally used to waterproof leather goods such as shoes and boots. However, tung oil also works well for preserving wood furniture. Tung oil is often recommended as a sealing oil for furniture because it protects the wood from moisture and stains.


Wood is a beautiful material that adds character to any room. When you first purchase your piece from a furniture store it should already be treated, so you won’t need much treatment or oiling for a few years. But, over time it will need to be treated again with various oils to protect the integrity of the wood. As time goes on, wood gets damaged by sunlight, humidity, and pollutants. Luckily, the use of the oils outlined above can be used to extend the life of your wooden furniture.


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