You need to be careful in polishing a wood threshold since most cleaning and polishing agents are acidic and could damage your wood over time. They have some oil mixed into them to help protect the wood. However, there are some natural ways to clean and polish a wood threshold that are a lot safer than the commercial detergents and polishes on the market today.
Simply add a few drops of olive oil to a pail of water and you’re good to go. This is the simplest way to make this solution. You can use cheap olive oil since it doesn’t have to be the high end grade if you’re going to make polish out of it. If you want your polish to have cleaning properties, mix 3 parts olive oil to 1 part vinegar. It is a very good conditioner and helps protect the wood by putting a thin protective layer over it to withstand the elements. Olive oil is best used on furniture that has an oiled finish.
Linseed oil is known to be the best preserving agent and it helps protect and waterproof your wood at a high level. Two types of linseed oil can be used. Raw linseed oil is used mainly for outdoor furniture, while boiled linseed oil is used indoors. For you wood thresholds, it is suggested that you use boiled linseed oil for polishing. You need to mix turpentine with this oil in order to make it more viscous. Mix two parts oil with one part of turpentine. An alternate solution would be to mix linseed oil, turpentine and vinegar in equal quantities.
Jojoba oil is one of the more expensive oils you can find in the supermarket. However, it also doesn’t spoil and has a very long shelf life. This oil dries fast when applied as a polishing agent. You can just apply this directly onto the wood and wipe off any excess. This oil is also good for the skin and helps moisturize it so don’t be afraid to get some on your hands while applying it to furniture.
Tung oil by itself will not make your wood threshold stand out and look shiny. Use citrus solvents which can come from lemons and oranges to dilute the oil and to make it easier to apply. It was discovered by the Chinese in using for furniture and has been used for centuries. It is also flexible, meaning it can withstand temperature changes and subsequent changes in the form of the wood. It is also used mainly as a sealant since Tung oil seeps into the pores of the wood, creating a solid protective layer and not allowing moisture to penetrate.
Lavender oil is another great alternative for polishing wood. Aside from the fact that it smells great, it also protects and gives your wood a great shine. It is usually mixed with different oils such as the ones mentioned above in order to achieve better results. Mix 1 part lavender oil with 3 parts vinegar and some lemon juice. This will be a refreshing polish for your wood threshold you’ve wanted to shine.