Dustin Rhodes wrote:Hello y'all, please let me know your thoughts on this, pro or con, as I have no knowledge of this myself.
I just bought a house, pulled up the awful "burnt orange" carpet, and whaddya know, there's wood flooring underneath, woohoo!
There are a few stains, and internet research tells me that a common industry fix is using Concentrated Oxalic Acid to bleach the wood without changing the natural wood color; cool! (but also, it cost money and acid can be dangerous).
Oxalic acid can be found in many plants including Rhubarb and Wood Sorrel(which I have a TON of right now in my yard).
The question is...can I harvest, blend up, and strain my Wood Sorrel and use the resulting liquid to bleach my wood flooring? Or will the plant matter just stain it green instead?
Dustin Rhodes wrote:Testing on scrap is a good idea - it's not like it would be a waste of it(or the Wood-sorrel, I kill some anyway just to clear for planting).
I will be renting a floor sander when I refinish the floors(linseed oil/beeswax mix), they don't have to look perfect(I don't want them to) but a few stains are a little too conspicuous.
I'm sure the Oxalate levels are comparable, but I actually have Oxalis pes-caprae, not Rumex Acetosa; funny how totally different plants can share common names - I forgot about the other sorrel, as it is not as common a "weed" in my area.
Dustin Rhodes wrote:It's pretty, but wildlife and my wife won't eat it - but the bees like it, so I may keep a little.
An approximation of an historical wood finish for furniture that i found is a 1:1:1 ratio of (melted)beeswax, linseed or mineral oil, and turpentine, simply mixed together and rubbed on with a cloth after finishing sanding.
But we may go with this product instead: Tried & True Wood Finish
Just for sake of ease and finishing the flooring more quickly(still labor intensive application process though).
I'll post pictures of my Sorrel "Wood Bleach" test sometime next week as I go along.
Dustin Rhodes wrote:Cecile: no I do not have bees, that's not quite on my list of future projects just yet. I imagine that an version of wax would work fine (from a chemistry standpoint), as long as it's cleaned sufficiently.
Dustin Rhodes wrote:So yesterday I harvested some Oxalis and placed it on a screen to dry in the sun - good to go for drying!
Today it rained - not as good for drying.
so, at some point it will dry out, then I will test for oxalic acid extraction.
Dustin Rhodes wrote:Unfortunately I did not cover it, but no rain today and the forecast is clear throughout the week, so we'll see how it turns out(but dilution from the rain probably ruined this as far as accurate "scientific" testing is concerned - but if I get acid at the end, that's all that matters for now.)