can you use olive oil on wood furniture?

i should have asked before i did it..but oh it ok for the wood?

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    Bee wax furniture polish has been a long - time favorite for protecting fine, finished wood. It has always been a readily - available substance from nature. It gives wood a soft, satiny shine, and bee wax also protects it from some water damage. Before the manufacturing and distribution of lacquers and varnishes, bee wax was even used as a finish on bare wood.

    Bee wax is produced by honey bees, hence its name. They produce the wax from glands on the undersides of their bodies. The honey bees use the wax particles to make the cells of their honey comb. Bee wax can often be found in waxes, polishes, and even in beauty cosmetics.

    Bee wax itself is a soft substance that melts under heat easily. It never dries to become a hardened finish. Therefore, it does not provide furniture adequate protection from heat, steam, or chemical spills. Sometime over the years, though, bee wax was mixed with other harder waxes, such as carbuna, to form a more modern, durable furniture polish. This addition significantly increased its ability to protect wood. This type of modern waxes is often preferred by the caretakers of fine wood furniture.

    A modern replacement that is similar to using bee wax is paste wax. This type of polish is a semi - solid compound that is often sold in metal tins. A good - quality paste wax will not only add a brilliant shine to furniture, but it can also enhance the beauty of the wood by filling in light scratches, scuffs, and mars. To properly use a paste wax on furniture, you should start with a clean wood surface. Remove any dirt or spills with a soft, clean, cloth that is moistened with tap water.

    Be sure that you follow the manufacturer's directions on the can in order to achieve the best results. Basically, though, you start with a soft, clean cloth. Place two fingers in the middle of the cloth and dip it into the paste wax. Apply the wax onto the surface of the furniture and rub it around in small circular motions. After you have covered the entire area, wait a few minutes for the wax to dry to a dull haze. Then, use a soft, clean cloth to rub off the dried wax. Finally, you will need to use a soft cloth and some elbow grease to buff the wood to a smooth shine. Applying paste wax is much harder than using other types of polishes, but the upside is that you only need to apply it about once a year. In between times, the wood surfaces of the furniture can be simply dusted off.

    There are many other types of furniture polishes on the market today that have replaced the use of bee wax. The most commonly - used product is probably the convenient lemon - scented type in an aerosol can. This polish consists of either mineral oil or lemon oil and a scent. To use this type of furniture polish, you simply spray it on the wood and then wipe it off with a soft, clean cloth. There are also liquid and semi - solid types of polishes as well.

    The oil base in furniture polish not only adds a shine to the wood, but it also helps to condition the wood and protect it from water and other liquids. What the oil cannot do, however, is to actually clean the surface, and that is one reason why many people choose to mix up their on furniture polish. You can mix up a solution of three cups of olive oil and one cup of vinegar and use this to clean, as well as polish, your furniture. Or, you can mix lemon juice instead of the vinegar with the olive oil to create an economical, but effective cleaner/polish. To use this type of liquid polish, you should sprinkle some of the solution onto a soft, clean cloth. Wipe this all over the wood surface. Then, wipe the furniture with another soft, clean cloth.

  • Erika
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Oil For Wood Furniture

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    It's not that olive oil would be *harmful* to the furniture, it's just not the right product for the job. It's too heavy for furniture oil. First of all, you don't say how these furniture pieces are finished. Are they shellacked? Polyurethaned? Waxed? Olive oil is not going to clean the wood, it will only *shine* it, and it won't penetrate the wood fibers if the piece is finished. And if it's NOT finished, then you don't want to use it because it will soak into the wood and really gunk up the surface . Yes,, if the wood is finish, olive oil will remove any oil-based gunk that may have gotten on the furniture, but it will leave a sticky film on top that will attract more dust and that will show every fingerprint. You will eventually have to remove this all with mineral spirits (turpentine). If you are currently using something like lemon oil (which is a scented mineral oil), that has already left a film on the furniture. Mineral spirits is the only way to clean it. The same is true of a wax finish. But turpentine is a natural comes from pine trees. If you are trying to be more natural and to avoid chemicals, you can just damp-wipe it with a dust-free cloth, and then buff it lightly. Every product you use on the wood builds up and collects more dirt.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Olive Oil Wood Finish

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  • 1 decade ago

    Short answer - Yes.

    You can make a very good and effective polish by adding a little lemon juice to Olive Oil. Let the oil soak into the wood and the following day buff it up. The oil 'feeds' the wood.

    Another good use for Olive Oil is cleaning wax out of your ears. Better and cheaper than proprietary potions. Put two drops of warm oil in each ear about an hour before you shower and then let the water wash down into your ears removing the wax softened by the oil.

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    5 years ago

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  • Yes you can. If you go to they actually have a recipe for furniture polish using Olive Oil, Vinegar and another ingredient. The Vinegar thins out the oil so it doesn't go on so thick.

  • 3 years ago


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