How To Pick The Correct Oil For Wood Furniture

With so many types of wood used to create furniture, you might wonder how to choose the correct oil for the wood furniture in your home. Here’s an expert guide to ensure that you choose oil for interior wood wisely so that you can prevent any damage to your beautiful wood furniture.

What is Wood Oil?

Let’s start with the basics. What is oil for interior wood? It’s a protective and decorative finish applied to the top of wood stain, wood lye, or on its own to wood furniture to highlight the wood’s character and tone. It penetrates deep into the wood to replace the natural oils that are lost over time and worn down from the wear and tear of daily use. 

Oils for Various Types of Wood

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Choosing oil for your interior wood can be overwhelming — there are so many to choose from. Of course, you do not want to make the wrong choice and end up damaging your beautiful pieces of furniture. 

Your furniture’s wood is the best indicator of which oil to choose, so let’s discuss the most common types below: 


For lighter and blonde-colored wood, like ash, it is recommended to use Master Color Oil in White or Extra White to protect and preserve the light color and character.


Bamboo furniture and decor will be best protected by Master Color Oil in Natural to enhance the natural beauty and add greater durability.


We suggest using Worktop Oil for beech worktops, as it will be the best to enhance the natural color of the wood and give it a refreshed look.


Use Exterior Oil on outdoor cedar furniture to protect it from the sun and weather. For inside cedar furniture,

Master Color Oil comes in many shades of brown to color and protect.


Master Color Oil Natural is the best choice for furniture inside your home that is made out of mahogany. Master Color Oil will penetrate the mahogany wood, leaving a beautiful finish with a matte sheen. If you'd prefer a higher sheen, apply Maintenance Gel as the 2nd coat over Master Color Oil, Diamond Oil Active, or Worktop Oil for a satin finish.


You can safely use Master Color Oil in White or Natural to bring out the curly and swirly look on your maple furniture. White preserves the lightest natural tones.


Diamond Oil Active in any color for oak furniture as it helps prevent surface stains while bringing out the rich tones of the character, knots, and grain.


As a popular choice for a dining table, pine will be best treated with Worktop Oil as it is food contact safe. Master Color Oil is another good option for other pine furniture you may have throughout your home. 


Diamond Oil Active in Natural is the premium choice of wood oil to enhance fine walnut furniture's grain and natural beauty. For a super smooth, silky finish, use a patina disc to polish in the oil.

Other Qualities to Look for in a Wood Oil

Choosing the best oil for your wood furniture can be difficult because there are many things to consider. Along with the type of wood your furniture is made of, you also want to find a wood oil that is:

- Durable

- Penetrates

- Easy to apply

- Easy to maintain

- Safe 

No matter what oil you are looking for, you can count on WOCA wood care products to be safe and durable for everyone in your home. 

Expert & Gentle Interior Wood Care

Only use the best products to care for and protect your wood furniture by choosing WOCA interior wood care products and cleaners. Our products are plant-based, non-polluting, and sustainable so that you can keep your wood in top shape naturally.

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