Larch wood: what care does the wood need?

There are types of wood that are hardly damaged even without any care and are very durable. This also includes larch wood. With a little care, however, your wood will remain more beautiful and you can prevent some damage in advance. Find out what you can do for larch wood here.

Regular cleaning

Here you can go to work without any worries. Larch wood is also relatively resistant to chemicals, so you can go to work with common cleaners. However, as with most woods, a mild soapy solution is best for removing dirt. You can also use a special wood floor soap that can also be used on oiled or waxed floors. It cleans gently and at the same time forms an additional protective layer on the wood and also helps to maintain the wood.

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Remove stubborn dirt

If you need to remove coarse dirt, you can use a brush with medium-hard bristles. Particularly acidic or tannic acid (excrement, leaves, soil) soiling on wood should always be removed as early as possible to avoid staining. However, larch wood itself also contains a high proportion of tannic acid, so that the risk here is rather lower than with other types of wood.

Care with wax or oil

A so-called patina can form, especially with wood outdoors: Under the influence of the sun's UV radiation, the wood forms a silvery-gray surface layer due to the decomposition of wood components. In this way, the wood protects itself naturally against further UV radiation and its decomposing effects. This graying process can be prevented by maintenance with pigmented oils or glazes. However, unpigmented oils do not protect against this, the graying process takes place at different speeds - depending on the influence of the weather - so color differences develop.

surface protection

Oiling larch wood also helps to protect the surface from the effects of the weather, from excessive moisture penetration and drying out, and from mechanical loads. Hard wax oil usually offers even greater protection against mechanical stress, but is usually not pigmented.

Use only specially designated products

Larch wood has some special characteristics that differ from other types of wood. For example, it is very resinous and contains (especially before "weathering ") a high amount of tannic acid. Therefore, not all products can always be used on larch wood. It is best to always use tested wood protection products specially developed for larch.

Tips & Tricks If you want to change the color slightly, you can also stain larch wood. Please note, however, that you must always use resin-soluble agents as a pretreatment in advance.