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Why We Use Linseed Oil on our Furniture

Quagga Beds
July 14, 2020

What is Linseed Oil?

Linseed or flaxseed oil is derived from the seeds of the plant. It has been used for hundreds of years for the protection of interior and exterior wood. Linseed oil is becoming more popular again, as it is non-toxic and shows environmentally friendly characteristics. After application, it penetrates deep into the wood and shows the natural grain beautifully.

What is the Most Popular Linseed Oil People use?

The most popular kind of oil is the double-boiled or polymerized linseed oil. It can be used to finish food contact surfaces such as cutting boards made of wood. It is also used on moldings, beams, furniture, and floors. Scratches can be repaired easily with a small application of the oil.

Key Features of Linseed Oil

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Waterproof and wear-resistant
  • Deep penetration
  • Golden to Amber color
  • Satin Finish
  • Easy care
  • Shows the grain of the wood beautifully
  • Compatible with most oils
  • unique scent that naturally evaporates over a few days

All of our bed frames here at Quagga Designs are made with this unique oil. Check them out!

Is Linseed Oil Toxic?

One of the biggest questions people have about linseed oil is if it is toxic or not.

The short answer is no! Pure linseed oil poses little to no threat to human health. Many sources, including Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS), indicate that it is non-toxic.

There are 3 different types of linseed oil: raw, polymerized, and boiled. All are non-toxic, but for our bed frames, we use polymerized oil which is also called "stand oil." It's heated to close to 300 degrees Celsius for a couple of days without being exposed to the air. We use this oil rather than the other two because it's thicker which means it will protect your furniture better, and it dries quicker.

Can I use Linseed Oil myself on my Furniture?

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