The Urbane furniture oiled oak ranges have been pre-finished at the factory with several coats of pure oil, giving a durable, water resistant finish whilst enhancing the texture and beauty of the natural wood. To maintain the beauty and finish of your oak furniture, we recommend regular treatments with drying oils (Tung oil, Danish oil, Linseed oil etc.).
Since leaving the factory, your furniture may have spent several weeks in transport and storage and a treatment soon after you take delivery may benefit the appearance of your furniture. After that, six monthly intervals should suffice. More frequent applications can be applied. Besides protecting the surface, the oil will enhance the colour, adding depth and luster to the finish. There are no hard and fast rules but areas of heavy usage, such as table-tops or the tops of chests, will benefit from more frequent applications.
Oiling could not be easier. Simply apply with a soft, lint free cloth and leave for 5-10 minutes for the oil to penetrate, before removing any excess. Leave for a further 30 minutes and wipe dry. Please be aware that this process may darken the look of your furniture and should be tested on a non-visible surface.
Unlike conventional lacquers, drying oils penetrate deep into the surface of the timber, protecting from within. They cannot chip and any minor scratches to the surface of the timber can be retreated with the application of a little more oil. Drying oils protect without obscuring the natural ‘feel’ and texture of the grain.
Drying oils vary from pure oil (Tung or Linseed) to many commercial preparations (Tung oil, Danish oil, Trip-trap oil etc.).
All are suitable and most are readily available from DIY stores and supermarkets.
The majority of our oiled furniture is finished with Tung oil which is natural, non-toxic oil obtained from the seeds of the tung tree (aleures fordii). Records of tung oil date back two millennia in china, its uses varying from water proofing ships to finishing the highest quality furniture. It is quick drying, penetrates deep into the pores of the timber, forms an almost permanent seal against moisture and does not lose its elasticity with age. It is widely recognised as one of the finest drying oils.
Urbane furniture's Satin Lacquered furniture is a compromise between oiled furniture and gloss lacquered finish. Furniture with this finish does require a little after care for it to be looking great for years, at urbane furniture we have found many things on the market to help enrich the look of your furniture but a little known trade secret is to apply small amounts of vegetable oil as you would do with the oiled furniture above, making sure you don’t use too much as it is always easier to apply more than take it back off.
Urbane's Gloss Lacquered furniture is by far the easiest kept finish for furniture on the market, a wipe with a damp cloth is all it requires. To bring out the shine of your furniture standard furniture polish which is available at most supermarkets is more than enough to keep this furniture looking its best.
The Urbane furniture waxed collections are mostly stained to the desired colour then have a hand finished clear wax applied. As with the oiled finished furniture we advise applying a liberal amount of clear wax with a soft lint free cloth this is only required, approximately once a year if even that, it all depends on where your furniture is located the humidity of the room it sits in and wether sunny place
The above notes are intended as a general guide only.
Always pay careful attention to all manufacturers’ instructions of your furniture and the instructions included on proprietary brands of drying oils,waxes, polishes and finishing products.