How to properly oil bamboo

Bamboo has its very own, slightly exotic charm. Its extremely hard and lightweight properties also make it a popular building material from a functional point of view. In order to enjoy a piece of bamboo for a long time, it must be given the right oil care.

Why you should oil bamboo

Bamboo naturally has a shiny, oiled surface. This protective layer of the lignifying fresh grass therefore has to be renewed again and again when it is used for structural purposes. Instead of sealing it with a glaze or varnish, it is better to give it regular oil maintenance. This allows the material to continue breathing and retains its lively appearance. This is especially true for pieces of bamboo that are not permanently exposed to the elements. A bamboo fence by the garden pond or a bamboo table on an uncovered terrace can be painted better to prevent graying and mold damage.

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Kitchen utensils such as cutting boards or pieces of furniture that are under the roof are easier to re-oil again and again. Please note the following:

  • Regularity, depending on usage
  • Apply oil sparingly
  • Use high-quality, cold-pressed or special bamboo care oils

How to oil bamboo?

In order for the bamboo material to benefit from oil maintenance, you have to know that its solid, dense structure behaves differently than that of (solid) wood. Oils penetrate less easily, which is why the oil maintenance

1. must be repeated over and over and at relatively short intervals and
2. the oil layer should be applied sparingly.

Depending on whether you want to maintain a frequently used cutting board or a cupboard, oil maintenance at intervals of one week to one month is advisable.

Before oiling, it is worthwhile to wash the surfaces with hot water. This opens the pores and becomes more receptive. However, it is important to let the bamboo dry completely afterwards.

Only then do you apply the oil. Be economical with this - as I said, the material cannot absorb too much. Work the oil in, if possible in the direction of the grain, using a soft, lint-free cotton cloth. After a short exposure time, remove any excess.

To prevent the capillaries of the bamboo fibers from clogging, it is best to use cold-pressed (native) cooking oil or a special bamboo care oil.