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    How Do You Protect Oak Mantels

    2nd February 2023

    Oak mantels are a classic and stylish addition to any home, adding warmth, character and charm to any living space. Whether it’s for the fireplace or simply as a decorative feature, oak mantels can complement other period features and take your decor to a different level. But what is the best way to protect them?


    Treatex Hardwax Oil

    With a natural oil finish suitable for all kinds of interior wood, including furniture, doors, beams, flooring and oak mantels, Treatex Hardwax Oil penetrates deep into the wood to protect it against the elements and make it easier to clean and maintain. At the same time, it elevates the character and texture of your wood with a matt or satin finish.


    Beeswax polish

    Another fine choice is to use beeswax polish on your oak mantel, which protects the wood from scratches, water damage and dirt while giving it a beautiful sheen. One of the biggest advantages is that it is naturally designed to feed and nourish bare wood, so it can easily prevent wooden furniture from fading caused by harsh sunlight, dust, airborne pollutants and water damage.


    Danish Oil

    You can create a formidable coating with high-quality Danish oil because this product provides excellent water resistance, yet it also helps prevent the oak from staining. Danish Oil is non-toxic, and after just one coating, you'll find it enhances the sheen of oak wood.


    Correct Positioning

    Whilst protecting the surface of your oak mantel is an important step, you also have to consider the distance between the mantel and your fire or logburner. Make sure you position them at the correct distance to avoid scorching and damage or consider a metal hood to protect your mantelpiece from becoming scorched or warped.


    Regular Maintenance and Cleaning

    One of the best ways to protect your oak mantel is to carry out regular maintenance, such as light sanding and re-coating every few months. You can then keep your mantel looking its best whilst ensuring the coating you apply is always in good condition. In terms of cleaning, regular dusting is advised as a build-up of dirt and dust can cause scratches and damage. Use a slightly damp cloth to remove any dirt, and use a specialist hardwood cleaner if necessary.

    By following these steps, you can ensure your oak mantelpiece remains in top condition for years to come. With the right protection, your oak mantel will last much longer and look even more stylish. If you need any further advice on how best to protect an oak mantel, our team are always happy to help. Get in touch with us today by calling 01536 267107, and we can provide you with the perfect solution.

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