Dealing with Sap in Your Log Furniture Dealing with Sap in Your Log Furniture
Owning log furniture gives any space a rustic and woodsy feel as one would get if they were to visit a retreat off somewhere in the mountains. Log furniture is warm, inviting and durable. You can purchase log furniture or make it you own with simple plans and even simpler tools. Keeping log furniture looking fresh and new is not a difficult task unless sap decides to appear. All trees produce some sort of sap. Sap may never show up on your log furniture but it can and it could take years. The following article will show you what to do if and when sap begins oozing out of your log furniture.
Warming Log Furniture
Sap inside a tree is very viscous; thick. When the wood gets warm you run more of a risk of sap appearing. The beauty of log furniture lends it to be perfect to place around a fire pit or a chimney. When you do this you are upping and the ante as to when the sap will run out of the wood. Keep the log furniture in cooler temperatures in order to avoid this problem. Even a good furniture cover can help keep the sap from flowing. If you find sap on the wood then it is a good idea to warm the wood slightly to coerce the sap to flow. If you are constantly cleaning the sap it will eventually stop
Don't Remove Sap by Force
Trying to scrub or wipe away sap will create a much larger mess than you even want to think of. The sap will stain, find a way into crevices and dings as well as attract insects. Trying to remove sap from the log furniture while scrubbing will cause the sap to become embedded in the pores of the log furniture. When this happens it will take stripping and sanding to remove the staining.
There are several products on the market that you can use to remove sap from your log furniture should it arise. Before you use them, however; you should test it on an area that is not readily seen or used. Some solvents you can use can damage certain woods. Among the solvents to try are mineral spirits, denatured alcohol, nail polish remover, oil soap and water with regular detergent. Once you apply the solvent you need to allow it to work. Let it get absorbed by wood. It is in this time that the sap is breaking down. You can then wipe off the sap with rags.
Sanding and Finishing
If you are too late and the sap has already dried then you aren't left with many options. You can attempt to heat the sap with a hairdryer to make it easier to remove. Though this is an effective way to remove sap it can still stain the wood. Use mineral oil to aid in the removal of excess sap. Apply wood conditioner to the log furniture and allow it to set for several hours. Sand and then finish the wood.