Decking boards are constantly exposed to different weather influences. In order for them to last and remain attractive, regular care with oil is absolutely necessary.Wooden decking boards need regular oil maintenance. Decking boards are made from different types of wood. Oiling is a sensible and, above all, important measure so that the planks remain neat, weatherproof and attractive for many years.
Domestic woods such as Douglas fir or larch need maintenance as well as exotic types of wood, for example teak, merante or Bangkirai.
Oil wood decking - how to do it
Thoroughly clean the decking before oiling
In order for the oil to have the best effect, you must first thoroughly clean the planks. The most important requirement for the entire process: good weather! The cleaned planks should dry completely, preferably several days. So it shouldn't rain on uncovered terraces.
Clean the floorboards with water, a neutral cleaner and a scrubbing brush or brush. If moss has set in, you should tackle it with a special moss remover (my recommendation: Wepos algae and moss remover). On the other hand, you can treat greyed-out terraces with a graying agent (such as this one).
Material and tools for oiling wooden decking
Planks that have been treated with oil are lightly sanded after cleaning. With lacquered or sealed planks, you have to sand down to the raw wood if you would rather oil the wood in the future. A grinder is ideal for this - it saves you energy, effort and time.
- 100-120 grit sandpaper
- Special oil for decking
- Short-haired paint roller or brush
- Lint-free rags
- Paint pan for the oil
- Plastic container with water for storing the oily rags
Sanding always makes sense so that the wood can absorb the oil well. With smooth planed wood, sanding is particularly important, otherwise the oil cannot penetrate. After sanding, remove the sanding dust with water and let the boards dry again.
Now it is the turn of the oil application. Again, the weather is a player: cloudy, calm days are best so that the oil does not dry too quickly. There are also different oils for the different types of wood. The company osmo offers a wide range, which also distributes various color shades.
Apply the oil with a roller or brush. Work in small sections and wipe off excess oil with a rag after a few minutes. To avoid having to work on your knees all the time, you can use a paint roller with a telescopic handle and a scrubber with a wrapped rag.
After 24 hours the oil is completely absorbed and dried. If bright, uneven spots are visible, apply a thin layer of oil again. After another dry season, you can re-enter your terrace and set up the furniture.