We have been receiving a most frequent asked question about "how to treat and maintain wooden watch at its best condition?"
We wanted to take this opportunity to write a manual on wood watch maintenance to the perfection. There are easy things that you can do, and doing this once a year should really be plenty, but if you find it therapeutic, as we do, once every 6 months (or even more is fine too!!). We hope this guide is for all the customers who own a lovely wooden watch, not just one of ours!
Outside of industrial uses, rubbing in oil is the most common way to preserve wood. The right oil will soak into the wood's pores, keeping the wood strong and slowing absorption of water that can cause rot. A couple coats of oil can protect wood for years, but this depends greatly on the oil and environment, so check regularly. If a dab of oil is rapidly absorbed, the wood has dried out.
If it requires regular cleaning or comes into close “people” contact, wood greatly benefits from the addition and maintenance of a finish. Wood is, after all, inherently resilient and can last a lifetime or more if properly maintained, gaining both familiarity and grace as it ages.
Oil will penetrate into the fibers of the wood, where it helps resist absorption - but is also semi-permeable, meaning that it will allow the wood to "breathe" (much better for the longevity of the wood and the finish as well). It's easy to apply, easy to maintain, and the resulting healthy-looking sheen will only get better looking with age and use.
Keeping your wood watch from drying out is an important part of keeping it beautiful for years to come. Along the way, it will pick up amazing character, and really make it even more unique, and special as it ages. This is a simple guide for wood lover preserve their product at its best condition.
Some wooden product stores also include the wood material information that help you understand better the quality and requirement for its best condition.
There are many available oils and wood preservation products suitable for home use. Follow this advice to select the best one for your wood.
For watches, we like to use mineral oil, or coconut, walnut, or almond oil. Avoid the last two if nut allergies are an issue. Mix in ½ teaspoon (2.5 mL) melted beeswax for each cup (240 mL) oil for additional protection.
Step 1: Gather supplies required
We like to use a clean, dry cloth, and set a newspaper, or some sort of catch tray out to catch any excess oil.
There are many type of oils for this job, you can find many options which suits you best. Linseed or Tung (China wood) oils are often recommended for this job because they dry quickly, but I’ve found that coconut oil or walnut oil work well, too.
Mix your oil solution - We personally like a blend of Coconut oil, melted beeswax, and a squeeze of lemon.
Step 2: Apply the oil
For this job you do need to bring your items into a heated space, because any oil you use will penetrate wood handles best at room temperature.
Saturate a cloth well with your chosen oil, and slather it on. Let the wooden surface sit for ten minutes or so, and then wipe it down lightly with a dry cloth. A second or third oiling may be needed and once you’re done you will be amazed at the transformation..
Just try to keep it to the wood, as adding anything to the glass or knobs would not do any good, and could potentially interfere with the movement if it gets inside the case.
Step 3: Wait for half a day
Letting it sit overnight (12-24 hours is recommended) to ensure that all of the oil has a chance to fully permeate the wood, and it will result in much better protection, and even water resistance.
While waiting, you can find more article to learn about leather cleaning tips since most of wrist wooden watches come with leather straps, and it would be unbalance when the dial looks pretty but the straps are still dusty and dark.
Step 4: Wipe off the leftover and you've finished!
Take a dry cloth, rub away any remaining oil, and you did it!
If you want to keep your items looking bright and fresh then an occasional wipe with walnut oil will do the job. Your watch will look like new, and will be ready to be that stunning piece for years to come!
It's the end of the guideline. If you'd love to have more advanced steps to make your product shining, you can visit this article.
Wish you success in every step !