Many want to treat their table as naturally as possible. In addition to the common oils you can also use waxes for the table. What to look for, and what types of waxes are there, read in this post. About how waxes work, and what benefits they have.
In contrast to oiling a table, waxes mainly form a protective layer on the surface. It works much like a wax layer on the car paint. Wood waxes can also - just like the car - simply polish up to create a beautiful shine.
Especially technical and hard waxes have a water-repellent effect and cause dust and dirt to adhere to the surface less well.
You always have to distinguish between natural and technically produced waxes when waxing. It is also important to distinguish between hard and soft waxes.
A typical example of soft waxes is beeswax. It is often used for wood treatment, and often offered for example by Ikea.
Soft waxes have a very high abrasion and wears off quickly. They therefore protect the surface only a little.
Very often used for the wood treatment carnauba wax. Among other things, it is also part of many car polishes and produces a very hard surface layer, which is highly durable and also clearly resistant to abrasion.
Technically produced waxes
Technically produced waxes usually consist of a combination of several types of wax, here are also often the well-known montan wax (plant wax that is extracted from lignite) and earth wax (ozokerite which is also obtained from the mining of seams). There are also a variety of solvents and occasionally pigments.
The technically produced waxes, however, are very different from each other, which affects a variety of properties:
- application form (for example, dissolved in water, pasty, creamy, etc.)
- surface protection
- hardness of the protective layer
You have to Product you want to use, so always look very closely. Special care should be taken with colored waxes, as they may give some visually quite unexpected effects.Tips & TricksWaxing and oiling are two fundamentally different methods of wood preservation. A comparison of both procedures can be found in this article.