Should I put Linseed Oil on my Wooden Swing?

Linseed oil is the solution many talk about when it comes to wood maintenance. You’ve probably heard of it and are wondering if it really is an adequate solution.

In addition to being suitable for the maintenance of wood, linseed oil is also a wood treatment product, which will not harm your health and your wallet. This is ideally the product you need for your swing.

Can I put linseed oil on my wooden swing?

Linseed oil drop

Linseed oil is an anti-humidity, anti-dust and also anti-insect product. It will be very suitable for your exotic wood garden swing. Better still if it is placed outdoors. However, it all depends on the wood your swing was made from. Indeed, linseed oil is very suitable for oak and beech wood but not at all suitable for teak.

In addition, from an aesthetic point of view, linseed oil tends to darken light woods because of its color. You can then decide to kill two birds with one stone: aesthetics and maintenance! On the other hand, if you rather want to keep this clarity of your wood, opt for another maintenance solution.

What are the steps for applying linseed oil?

Linseed oil is not used in its raw state. It is necessary to dilute it so that it has optimal adhesion to wood. For this purpose, it is necessary to make a mixture of 50-50 linseed oil and turpentine which is a natural solvent since it comes from pine resin.

Once you have made this mixture, you must then prepare your wood for receiving the linseed oil. For this, you must sand your wood to get rid of impurities and thus allow better adhesion and incorporation of linseed oil. It is also important to brush your wood well and finally to eliminate the shavings which will constitute impurities.

Now is the time to apply the oil to your swing:

  • Heat your linseed oil in a water bath to thin it before mixing with the solvent
  • Spread the mixture with a brush in the direction of the wood. It is important to do this without intermittence to avoid traces of reruns
  • Let dry between 12 and 24 hours before putting on a second coat, for greater durability
  • Grind the treated surface with an abrasive paper to allow the different layers of oil to penetrate well

How to maintain this garden swing?

Marseille soap block

Note that linseed oil maintenance is done every 6 months or once a year. And the principle is the same: Sand the wood of your swing and apply linseed oil. While waiting for the renewal period to arrive, you need to constantly clean your wood. Indeed, a sponge soaked in water and a little Marseille soap are enough to do the trick.

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