How do you seal untreated wood

Sealing wood: the best tips

So that you can enjoy your wood for a long time, you should seal it in good time. We have prepared some tips for sealing your wood. Make sure to seal your wood in good time - otherwise you risk the first stains that will later always be visible under the seal.

The different types of sealing for wood

The type of wood seal you choose depends largely on how the wood is exposed to stress. The wooden floor in the hallway therefore needs a different seal than the good piece of furniture in the corner.
  • In principle, wood can be cared for very well with wood oil. The wood oil also gives the wood a light, watertight seal. However, it should not be overused. Wood oil is therefore not really suitable for wooden floors in the kitchen or bathroom.
  • In the case of wood that is subject to greater wear and tear, it is better to use hard oil instead of wood oil. With this you seal the wood quite reliably. At the same time, you maintain your wood with the wax contained in the hard oil. In addition, hard oil has the pleasant side effect that liquid pearls off it. In this way you can also prevent unsightly stains on the dining table, for example.
  • If you want a glossy seal, you should use clear lacquer. Pure clear lacquer, however, is more suitable for furniture. Clear lacquer is less suitable for heavily used wood, such as wooden floors.
  • In contrast to clear lacquer or hard lacquer based on acrylic or alkyd resin, which are significantly more resistant to water and household cleaners.
  • If your wood already has unsightly stains, you can cover them with glaze. The grain of the wood is not covered and you give your wood a chic look again. Cheaper types of wood can also be spiced up with the help of a layer of glaze.

Sealing wood - the preliminary work

Before sealing your wood, find out if the wood has been treated before.
  • There are different types of sealing and you should definitely stick to the one you choose. It is therefore advisable to always inquire when buying the wood whether and how it has been sealed. Otherwise, a carpenter can usually provide you with the relevant information.
  • Sometimes it can no longer be determined afterwards how the wood was previously sealed. In that case, you will need to sand down the wood before you seal it. Of course, this also applies if you want to change the type of sealing or if the wood is already very damaged.
  • If it is a larger wood surface, the best way to sand the wood is with a sanding machine. You can also borrow a grinder from many hardware stores.
  • Once you have sanded down the wood surface, you should take the opportunity to repair minor bumps or damage in the wood.
  • It is very important that you finally vacuum and clean the surface thoroughly so that there is no more dust or dirt on the wood.