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Are HeliaCARE -wood- wood protection products better than anything else?

No, we don't pretend to be better! It is our aim to achieve the same result as products on the market; But in pure food quality with BIO raw materials. No chemistry, not even 0.01%.

What is so special about HeliaCARE wood products?

In the last 30 years we have built up a pool of laboratory data relating to the nature and ingredients of various seeds through our own cultivation and processing of oil seeds. Years of research have enabled us to find out how we can mix these seeds in order to optimize our results in the area of wood protection. It is about antifungal agents, which prevent the formation of fungi, especially in outdoor areas, tannic acids, substances that prevent the oil from going "rancid" and thus producing mold stains, viscosity, odor pollution and much more.

What are the HeliaCARE wood products made of?

Basically from HeliaCARE wood oil and, in the case of balm and wax, additionally from beeswax. The oils from different oil seeds are cold-pressed in our own oil mill (similar to olive oil) and then each batch is examined for the ingredients in the laboratory. The respective recipes for a HeliaCARE oil mixture are then always updated on a daily basis.

Are HeliaCARE products saliva-proof?

Yes and no. According to the DIN standard, we do not meet the requirement, because this is about whether saliva can dissolve an applied substance. Of course, saliva dissolves our products, because in terms of raw material it is a food - and that is why saliva must be able to dissolve it. Of course our products harden, and at first it is practically "saliva-proof", only after a certain time something will peel off. The real reason for the quality feature "saliva-proof" is the question - "Are toxic substances released as a result of the dissolution?". Here clearly NO, rather healthy substances, because - again - we only have food-grade ingredients.

Did HeliaCARE products comply with DIN EN 71-3 (safety of children's toys)?

Yes, of course.

Is HeliaCARe wood "food safe"?

YES, in full.

Are the HeliaCARE wood products "food grade"?

YES.

Are HeliaCARE products BIO?

YES, we only use organic raw materials and ingredients.

Does HeliaCARE Wood meet BIO certification?

In order to be able to print BIO certifications such as EU BIO, Demeter, Naturland, BIOLAND, etc. on the packaging, in addition to certified raw materials, fee-based license agreements with the respective signers are necessary. These are in preparation.

Difference between "FOOD-SAFE" and "in FOOD QUALITY"?

A stainless steel pan for your steak is definitely "FOOD-SAFE". This means that your steak will not be contaminated with toxic substances from the pan. If you could bite off the pan and digest the piece benevolently, the pan would be food. In food quality here means that we only add substances that, considered individually, are food, but are not declared as food in the mixture for reasons of liability. HeliaCARE is therefore "FOOD-SAFE" and "FOOD QUALITY", but not food

Does HeliaCARE -wood- fire up the wood grain?

And how! 😉

What is the difference to pure linseed oil as a wood preservative?

Pure linseed oil is available as a food or food-safe. There are many different qualities and it is difficult to make a general statement. Basically, pure and high-quality linseed oil is always a good alternative for healthy wood protection. There are no discussions.
However, in good, certified organic quality, it is really very expensive and, above all, thick. Many woodworkers then dilute it with turpentine or other solvents, which then makes the whole thing neither food-safe nor "in food quality". HeliaCARE wood products are specially treated after pressing so that they are considerably thinner than linseed oil. So we carefully pull substances from our oils so that the use for wood protection is improved. This means that HeliaCARE wood products do not have to be diluted so that they can be absorbed deeply. This is the only way that organic, sustainable, biodegradable and "food quality" can also be realized.

What is the difference to linseed oil varnish?

Linseed oil varnish is a great thing. The linseed oil is boiled and this initiates a chemical reaction so that the so-called linseed oil varnish hardens significantly faster. The following problems arise:

- The risk of spontaneous combustion from soaked rags increases significantly.
- The viscosity becomes lower (the linseed oil becomes thicker).
- The shelf life can change negatively.
- There was a stench in the whole workshop.
- There is a risk of accident when handling hot oil!

Linseed oil varnish, which is not produced in-house, but industrially manufactured, usually contains solvents as thinners and, under certain circumstances, hardening accelerators (= siccatives). You don't want to lick it off 😉 But if you want to make your own linseed oil varnish without any additives, you have a useful alternative to lacquered surfaces here, but it does not penetrate deep into the wood. More like shellac.

How long can HeliaCARE wood products be stored?

At room temperature and without direct sunlight, even opened containers should be able to be stored for a very long time. Our products only cure in connection with oxygen. If it is ensured that the containers are well closed, you can enjoy them for several years. The oils / waxes cannot go rancid either, as happens quickly with linseed oil, for example.

Is there a risk of self-ignition from soaked cloths and rags?

NO, with the PREMIUM OIL products Fine Woodwork, Allergen-free, Heavy Duty and Cutting Board Oil. But for reasons of liability, we have to point out that rags and towels should be protected from temperatures above 50 degrees. The insurance company was concerned with cases where craftsmen put their oil rags in the washing machine and then in the dryer at 80 degrees, and there could be a risk of self-ignition.

Are there unpleasant smells?

NO. HeliaCARE wood products are absolutely free of additives such as solvents, siccatives (accelerators for hardening) or other chemical preparations. It can easily smell a little nutty because the seeds we use to make HeliaCARE oils generally smell a little nutty. As a rule, however, you do not notice it at all.

Do I need respiratory protection when working on large areas?

NO, these are natural products without chemicals!

Do you have to wear gloves during processing?

No, on the contrary. The "bare" finger is ideal for small areas!

How thick must / can the products be applied?

The oil must be applied generously, in several passes until the wood no longer absorbs anything. Wait approx. 30 minutes between oilings and then reapply. If the wood is not really soaked, some of the wax can later be sucked into the wood. This can be recognized by the fact that the wax layer becomes matt approx. 2 months after the surface treatment. This is then no problem, freshen up with a thin layer of HeliaCARE wood balm.

If the wood no longer soaks in oil, let it stand for 12 hours (overnight) and then rub off the excess oil well. Then apply a thin layer of balm, polish in and apply a thin layer of wax the next day. Then apply the wax thinly again a week later and rub in.

Can / should one use a polishing machine?

The application of larger areas with a polishing machine makes surface treatment much easier. It's very cheap by ordering a polishing attachment for a cordless screwdriver - see our woodworks shop - or with expensive polishing machines. Pure rotary polishers (cheap) work; Orbital polishers are ideal. If you have a Festool Rotex RO150 or RO90, you can order a polishing plate for it (- see shop) and then use cheap polishing sponges from Amazon. The special polishing pad for eccentric sander is URGENT, otherwise you will suck the oil into your machine via the suction function!

Are HeliaCARE products free from VOC?

HeliaCARE products are VOC-free and can be used safely in living rooms and bedrooms. (**)

The abbreviation VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) describes volatile organic compounds. The VOC group of substances includes, for example, hydrocarbons, alcohols and organic acids, which, above a certain concentration in the air, can be harmful to health.

HeliaCare products are purely natural products without added solvents or chemical drying accelerators. Neither the natural raw materials used for this nor the manufacturing process are therefore to be regarded as an anthropogenic source for the release of VOCs.

Here is an article from the Ministry of the Environment on the subject:
VOCs are practically always present in indoor air. As a rule, the concentrations of individual VOCs indoors are relatively low and there is then no risk of health impairments. The individual VOCs can have very different effects. These range from unpleasant odors and irritation of the respiratory tract and eyes to acute effects and long-term effects. This also includes effects on the nervous system and allergy-inducing or allergy-intensifying properties. Some of these substances can cause cancer, damage the genetic makeup or impair reproduction. In indoor spaces, the average total concentration should be below 0.3 mg / m³, provided that no individual guide values are exceeded. For numerous substances or groups of substances from the VOC spectrum, the committee for indoor guide values at the Federal Environment Agency also derived health-based guide values that generally take precedence over a total assessment. Possible sources of VOC in interiors are construction products or interior fittings, such as floor, wall and ceiling materials, paints, varnishes, adhesives and furniture. The volatile organic compounds get into the room air when solvents evaporate and liquid or pasty products dry. But you can also escape from solid products, such as. B. made of plastics. Materials of natural origin can also emit VOCs into the ambient air (e.g. terpenes from wood). VOC are also released from care, disinfection, cleaning and hobby products or through tobacco smoking. But they can also occur in fragrances or fragrances. Source: Ministry for the Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. "

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Info: HeliaCARE products are made from vegetable raw materials. All vegetable raw materials can, under certain circumstances, release the smallest amounts of VOCs (i.e. volatile organic substances - such as alcohol when an apple is fermented) when dried in air. Only this amount of VOC evaporation in HeliaCARE products is so extremely low that it is comparable to the VOC evaporation of an ORGANIC apple, for example olive cooking oil or that of the natural material wood itself. So absolutely not harmful to health and practically nonexistent. For the sake of completeness, we would like to explain here that all organic / natural products can theoretically release VOC, but then in such low concentrations that they can only be measured / detected under laboratory conditions and not in living spaces.


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Much joy,

Your HeliaCARE team