Reclaimed wood, even though it is beautiful and eco-friendly, can be a source of unexpected issues. Planks are usually taken from some old farms, railroad ties or any other places and that is why old wood may include insects and other beings you do not want to have in your house or flat.
Amazing tables, cupboards and other pieces of furniture are the elements that give this unique charm to almost every interior. No wonder why this type of furniture has been more and more popular in social media. However, having the pieces at home, we need to be aware of the fact that they may include some insects entrenched in tables or chairs when we eat or relax. What is more, the process of sanding may not be helpful to get rid of them.
How to treat reclaimed wood against worms?
The first thing you need to be aware of is the fact that insects may live in your wood and you may not notice them with the naked eye. What is more, even if you sand your pieces of furniture, this technique may fail here, too. In the Internet, you can find a number of tricks on how to treat reclaimed wood for bugs. Some proven ones you can also find below.
According to this byword that prevention is the cure, you can secure yourself from trouble with having insects present in old wood by getting to know the source your wood comes from. For example, if your furniture has been made of the material previously serving as shop display shelves in a grocery shop, you can be sure that some bacteria must be there. Therefore, you should not use such wood indoors. Of course, you can also find a seller who is able to assure you that the wood has been specially treated so that it is chemical-free and insect-free.
Having the knowledge about if and how your wood has been treated is a good idea as well. You need to know that using all kinds of chemical substances kill off bugs. However, if you are looking for the furniture made of the material that has not been chemically treated, you can always check if there are some pieces of heat-treated wood available (usually it is labelled with the abbreviation “HT”). Its advantage? Heating kills worms.
Choose one product
If you want to use some chemical substances, there are a number of products available in the market. All of them act powerfully against all kinds of bugs, but they maintain the character of the wood. While choosing one, you should select the substances that do not produce odour. It is also good to use a product that will be absorbed into the wood quickly and will disappear penetrating through and through it. This will provide an appropriate level of safety for years.