It didn't surprise us - but it makes us proud: Already awarded the ECARF seal "Allergy-friendly quality tested", the "OLI-NATURA Hard Wax Oil" has now convinced an independent testing institute of its food safety.
As early as 2017, the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) awarded the "OLI-NATURA Hard Wax Oil" the quality seal "Allergy-Friendly Quality Tested". Now an independent testing laboratory certifies that the hard wax oil can be used without hesitation on wooden surfaces that come into contact with food: on dining tables, worktops, cheese plates, snack boards or knife blocks.
The examiners analysed our hard wax oil with different procedures according of German “Lebensmittel-, Bedarfsgegenstände- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch (LFGB)“ and of Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004. The results of authenticity and migration tests, sensory tests and analytical tests were also included in the evaluation. The "OLI-NATURA Hard Wax Oil" was able to fulfil excellently the test requirements in every respect and clearly fell below all limit-values during the migration tests.
The "OLI-NATURA Hard Wax Oil" consists of modified vegetable oils and waxes such as soya oil and carnauba wax, dearomatized hydrocarbon as well as lead- and cobalt-free drying agents. The use of potentially allergenic substances such as preservatives, formaldehydes, aromatics, biocides, cobalt salts and oximes is deliberately avoided. In combination with atmospheric oxygen, the coating dries out and forms an open-pored and breathable surface film. The wood can store moisture from the air in the room and release it again if necessary. This noticeably improves the room climate and increases the well-being of people. The cured material is saliva and perspiration resistant and harmless to humans, animals and plants.
The „OLI-NATURA Hard Wax Oil" combines the properties of wax and oil. While the oil penetrates the wood and protects it from inside, the wax forms a thin film on the surface. The wooden surface is then water-repellent and resistant to many household chemicals and liquids. It is applied with approx. 40-50 g/m² per coat to the finely sanded and clean wooden surface with a brush, roller or spray gun. After approx. 30-40 minutes the application can be buffed into the wood in the wet phase with a white pad by hand or with a polishing machine until the surface appears evenly matt. However, even without being buffed, it produces an even surface, which offers a significant processing advantage when treating frame furniture, for example. The wet oil remaining on the surface is then simply removed with a lint-free cotton cloth.
In order to achieve a higher level of resistance, a second coat is recommended for more heavily used surfaces such as tabletops. This can already be done after six to eight hours, so that a basic treatment is possible within one day. Depending on humidity and temperature, the surface is dust-dry after one to two hours and completely cured after two to three days. OLI-NATURA Hard Wax Oil can only be regarded as food-safe after the complete curing. (sst_21082018)
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