(2ti) olive timber oil
natural timber oil for olive wood
1000 ml can of wood treatment oil Yevea Timberoil
Use of oil to protect wood
Wood has been used by man since the beginning of time to build tools, kitchen utensils, furniture, construction, boats, and a long etcetera. in fact, the only materials available for thousands of years were wood, earth, or stones, or products obtained from plants and animals.
Oil protects wood from moisture
At Yevea we continue to use natural wood for all our projects. A characteristic that natural wood has is that it is hydroscopic, that is, it absorbs or loses humidity until it finds a balance with the humidity of the environment that surrounds it. Wood absorbs moisture in the form of water vapor, when it absorbs moisture it expands (swells) and when it loses it it contracts. Since the degree of humidity in our home is not the same at all times of the year, even in Spain it varies considerably between day and night, the wood will expand when it absorbs moisture from the environment and will contract when we put heating or temperatures rise in spring and summer. These humidity changes are especially important in the bathroom, where when we take a shower the steam invades the entire bathroom and immediately we open doors and windows or turn on the heating.
Oil maintains flexibility of wood
Either way, softer or more abruptly, the wood will be subject to this type of movement. If we waterproof the wood with lacquers or varnishes, the result is that the humidity takes longer to enter inside, but it ends up entering and when it does, it cannot leave because the surface is sealed. Wood is a living matter and needs to breathe, that is to say let that water vapor enter and leave the pores. On the other hand, the varnish creates rigid layers, little or not at all flexible that with the passage of time and many contractions and expansions ends up cracking which will lead to a ugly and deteriorated appearance of our wooden board.
Olive wood and moisture
Olive wood, like other very hard woods, is best for withstanding moisture. One of the characteristics of olive wood is that it is a very compact wood, it has micro-pores, so the space available to retain water is very small compared to other softer woods. It is important to know that wood is composed, above all, of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Cellulose is responsible for absorbing large amounts of water, while lignin repels it. Fast-growing trees have a lot of sapwood (young outer wood), rich in cellulose and starches, and little heartwood (older wood in the center) rich in lignin and tannins so their wood absorbs water easily. However, the olive tree, an extremely slow growing tree, with very little sapwood (young wood) and a lot of heartwood (old wood) rich in lignin and tannins makes it repel moisture. This does not mean that olive wood is insensitive to changes in humidity, adapting to the humidity of the environment is an intrinsic characteristic of all woods. Only very hard woods from slow growing trees have greater resistance than softwoods or from fast growing trees.
Oil does not plasticize wood
The varnish plasticizes the wood, thus losing its natural look and feel, it does not allow the wood to breathe, and over time and the movement of the wood it becomes so ugly that the entire piece must be sanded and varnished again . When working with other types of boards, with natural or synthetic veneer it is a good solution because those products are “dead” and do not move. In the case of boards veneered with natural wood veneer, the thickness of the veneer is only a few microns, so it is necessary to protect the surface with varnish or polyurethane to create a hard, rigid and resistant layer to protect it.
At Yevea treated and waterproofed with Yevea Timber Oil treatment oil, all olive wood products, because we consider it the oldest and most natural way of treating wood. The wood absorbs the oils, these filter inside, fill the pores, sealing the wood and thus preventing it from absorbing water and developing molds that can end up rotting the wood. We have spent years developing an ideal oil for treating olive wood. A fundamental compound of our Yevea Timber Oil is Tung oil. Tung oil is extracted from the fruit of the Chinese Tung nut (Aleurites fordii). Due to its excellent quality, Tung oil has been known since time immemorial as “wood oil”.