Follow directions and avoid flames or sticky surfaces

How to avoid spontaneous combustion

Make sure to ALWAYS… .. Read the warnings on the container label

WIPE, a necessary step for a successfully oiled surface!


Between 30 and 45 minutes after each application, the excess on your surface should be wiped off with a clean, dry, absorbent cloth. Skipping this step will possibly give you a sticky finish that is very difficult to remove. Observe the 30 minutes minimum so that the penetration of the product is optimal.

What is spontaneous combustion?


Spontaneous combustion is a possible cause of fire. An example of spontaneous combustion is that of a drying oil, such as EcoSelection wood oil, impregnating tissue waste. The oil slowly absorbs oxygen from the air and forms a solid film, a phenomenon caused by an oxidation reaction producing the release of heat. It is the solvent (orange essential oil) contained in the mixture which reacts.


When the EcoSelection Oil or Thinner is spread on a solid surface such as wood, the heat of oxidation dissipates quickly. On the other hand, when the same quantity of oil or thinner permeates  a fabric or applicators piled on top of each other or in a ball, the heat cannot dissipate as quickly and the temperature of the cotton rises. This results in an acceleration in the rate of oxygen uptake, which further increases the temperature. If nothing stops this chain reaction, the temperature of the soaked cotton can gradually rise until spontaneous combustion occurs. It can take from a dozen minutes to a few days.


Since oxidation is faster at elevated temperatures, spontaneous combustion is more likely to occur during the hot season or in a warm area of a building. When the permeated substance is near a heat source, such as a heater, the risk of spontaneous combustion is much greater.


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Maintenance of surfaces treated with EcoSelection wood products

A damp cloth is usually sufficient for wiping and maintaining oil and / or wax treated surfaces. If you must use soap, use EcoSelection Oiled Wood Soap. Note that the more you clean oiled or waxed surfaces with regular soap, the faster you will have to treat the surface with a new coat of oil or wax.

For a floor, a layer of oil can be added between 6 months and a year after the first treatment. For furniture, it can be done between a year and a year and a half. Subsequently, you can touch up only the high-traffic areas on the floors. A light polish after the repair and nothing will appear.


For areas treated with wax, a new layer of wax may be added occasionally to replace the wax that would have been lost by heavy use. However, we suggest that you apply the wax in a thin layer to avoid build-up, which would require stripping (with thinner and steel wool) to remove the excess.


If you properly maintain your oiled and / or waxed surfaces, you will never have to sand again and deep sand.


Wood tips and tricks

EcoSelection oils should be applied to bare wood or to wood that has already been treated with oil


If you want an oil finish, if the wood has already been covered with a surface finish such as varnish or paint, the old finish must be completely removed before applying the oil.

If you wish to use wax, it can be applied directly to a plastic finish or to oil. Always apply a small amount as a test before proceeding with a full application.


Small test to identify the type of finish applied to the wood:

Rub a few drops of EcoSelection wood oil on an inconspicuous area.

If the wood absorbs oil, it has an oil finish or it is bare.

If the oil forms droplets on the surface, then we are dealing with another surface finish.



If the wood has been treated with varnish or lacquer, you must repair the damaged areas with the same type of finish. However, it is very difficult to make the touch-ups invisible on this type of finish and often, you will have to deal with a professional and possibly have to completely redo the entire section.


In the case of oil-treated wood, you only touch up the concerned areas, you wipe off the excess oil 30 minutes later, you lightly polish the treated surface the next day and nothing shows! It takes three to six days, depending on humidity and temperature, for the surface film to complete its polymerization and achieve good hardness.


Surface preparation

For an EcoSelection oil or wax finish: good surface preparation is essential for obtaining a beautiful finish. The more regular and scratch-free the surface to be treated, the more satisfied you will be with the result obtained. It is the quality of the sanding that makes all the difference!

For a floor, final sanding should be done with 120 grade sandpaper. Watch out for professional floor sanders who often do their final sanding with 100 grade paper or even 80 in some cases, because the finish most often applied to floors is a surface finish such as polyurethane which then camouflages surface scratches by filling them in.


For furniture, you could go up to grade 150.

Concrete and slate tips and tricks

EcoSelection oils should be applied to bare concrete or slate that is bare or has already been treated with oil.


Surface preparation

Proper surface preparation is essential for obtaining a beautiful finish. The more regular and scratch-free the surface to be treated, the more satisfied you will be with the result obtained. It is the quality of the finish that makes all the difference!

Hemp and lime tips and tricks

EcoSelection oils should be applied over a bare hemp and lime finish or one that has already been treated with oil. A minimum of two generous coats, wiped off after 45 minutes of application, are required to properly protect your finish.


Surface preparation

No specific preparation to recommend for this type of finish. You only need to be aware that the finish to the touch you have before oiling will be almost the same after oiling. Only the micro pores will be saturated with oil.