What is the Best Oil to Use on Wood Furniture?

From restoring old wood furniture to refreshing your current pieces, there’s always one important question to ask: What is the best oil to use? With so many options, it can be tricky (and overwhelming) to know which one to choose. Thankfully, we know a thing or two about wood oil finishes. That’s why we’re sharing everything you need to know about choosing the best oil for your wood furniture.

An oil that penetrates

Typical go-to hardwood finishes — like polyurethane — typically sit on top of wood furniture, creating a sheen finish. The problem? It doesn’t penetrate into the wood, helping form a surface that’s more durable and protective. 

Wood oil finishes from WOCA penetrate deep into wood furniture, creating a stronger surface that can better stand up to everyday wear and tear. Another perk? WOCA’s oil finishes create a more natural look than polyurethane, leaving you with furniture that looks beautiful and effortless.

An oil that’s durable

Another feature of WOCA finishing oils: durability. Unlike polyurethane finishes that simply dry, Diamond Oil Active and Master Color Oil harden as they dry. While it may seem like a small detail, it’s one that can make all the difference. With a hardened surface, you have an extra layer of protection from dents and scratches. And you’ll enjoy newer-looking furniture for much longer.

An oil that’s easy to apply

Restoring wood furniture can be quite the task — one that can quickly become frustrating during application. Why? Polyurethane finishes can leave behind lap lines, streaking, and feathering. Penetrating oils, however, have a much more natural finish, so there’s little concern about leaving visible mistakes behind for years to come.

An oil that’s easy to maintain

When it comes to oiling wood furniture, there is good news: You typically won’t have to do touchups for several years. With penetrating oils like Master Color Oil and Diamond Oil Active, you likely never even have to refinish your furniture; all it takes is a simple clean with Intensive Wood Cleaner Spray, then polish in more oil. But because polyurethane finishes are more vulnerable to scratches and dents and lose their sheen over time, your furniture will likely need to be fully recoated and refinished.

An oil that’s safe 

Simply put, polyurethane finishes can be harmful with excessive use. In fact, those who have experienced long-term exposure have endured side effects like skin irritations, lung irritations, and even asthma. We think you deserve much better.


At WOCA, we’re committed to products that are safe for your family and the environment. Everything we make, including our finishing oils, is nonpolluting, sustainable, and responsible. Instead of harsh chemicals, our plant-based products contain cold-pressed vegetable oils and aromatic hardening oils. We’re also proud that our solutions have no artificial preservatives or color pigments.

Your solution: WOCA wood oil finishes

So, what is the best oil to use on wood furniture? Our answer: WOCA wood oil finishes. If you’re not sure which one is best for your project, here’s a quick overview of our solutions:

WOCA Master Oil:

  • Provides color and an oil finish in just one step
  • 11 colors to choose from
  • Mix any color to create your own custom finish

WOCA Diamond Oil Active:

  • No primer or precolor needed
  • 9 colors to choose from
  • Also comes in test sizes to find your perfect shade


No matter which solution you choose for your next wood furniture project, you can feel confident knowing you’re using a product that’s durable and safe for everyone. Explore our wood oil finishes today.

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