Natural methods of wood impregnation are not only effective, but also safe for health and the environment. A notable product for natural impregnation of wood and wood-based materials is linseed varnish.
Wood is still the material from which we like to create furniture, floors, decorations and even build houses. Although wood itself can respond appropriately to changing weather conditions, as a natural raw material it requires proper protection. In caring for wooden surfaces we are helped by impregnating agents. The best choice will be ecological preparations, made of natural ingredients. It is worth looking at the long-known linseed varnish.
Linseed varnish – properties
Linseed varnish is a preparation intended for impregnation of wood and wood-like products, as well as other porous surfaces, for example, mineral plaster. It is produced from natural oily substances derived from flax. In its composition it also contains admixtures of saccharides, i.e. substances that allow the varnish to dry faster on the surface of impregnated wood. Due to the fact that varnish is one of the agents obtained from natural resources, we are sure that its use is ecological and environmentally friendly. Even if it gets into the soil, it will not damage it.
Linseed varnish penetrates deep into the structure of the tree and thus protects it. After impregnation with a natural preparation, the raw material becomes moistened, is protected against mold, algae, moss and insects, and is less susceptible to moisture.
Linseed varnish – use
Linseed is most often used to impregnate summer houses, furniture, gazebos or other wooden elements. The preparation can be applied to virtually any type of wood, in order to protect it. It is worth using it during the renovation of old furniture – thanks to it, the wooden surface will look refreshed.
Importantly, varnish is used both indoors and outdoors. Due to its natural origin, it is recommended to use this agent in places where there is close contact with flora and fauna, including single-family houses, recreational plots or home gardens. We can also use varnish to cover animal enclosures, for example, kennels and beehives, as it is safe and has no harmful side effects.
Linseed varnish – advantages and disadvantages
Linseed varnish has been known and used for a long time. It is a proven agent, the greatest advantage of which is its natural origin and its effectiveness in protecting delicate wooden surfaces from external agents. It is worth noting that varnish is not only ecological and environmentally friendly, but also safe for the person applying it. During impregnation with this preparation we should not experience any inconvenience, such as headaches or irritation of the mucous membranes.
On the other hand, the disadvantage of linseed varnish may be its production method. Natural remedies must be produced according to certain rules in order to preserve their valuable properties. One of the most important steps in the production of varnish is to produce it with heat, which is often a handicap for manufacturers. A second disadvantage of natural impregnation can be the rather long time it takes to penetrate the wood and dry.
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