Its strength makes it an excellent material for making furniture. To preserve its durability, it is worth treating it with oil a few times a year to keep the wood fresh and moist.
Although mango wood is fairly water-resistant, it should be wiped regularly with a slightly damp or dry soft cloth to avoid scratches. Avoid any rough surface cleaning tools and silicone-based polishes or cleaners, which can dry out the natural wood over time. Do not use detergents or cleaning products containing ammonia.
You can care for it at home with edible oils such as olive oil, peanut oil, lemon oil and walnut or coconut oil. When applied with a soft cloth, it not only helps to condition but also gives the wood a tropical scent. Mineral oil can also be a good solution for treating wood. Again, apply a small amount with a soft cloth and wait until it is completely absorbed. Mineral oil is flammable, so it is important to be careful. Last but not least, beeswax can also be used to treat the wood. Use a soft cloth to rub the wax over the furniture in two coats. With beeswax, you can simply enhance the beauty of the mango tree, giving it a beautiful shine and a natural protective coating. After the treatment, you can add a little lemon oil or even other food-grade oils if you want to create a tropical atmosphere in the house.
Mango is cultivated as a fruit tree, therefore it is very easily sustained. It grows relatively quickly compared to most hardwoods, reaching maturity after about 15 years. At that point, they produce less fruit or stop producing altogether, and the wood itself becomes usable. Mango growers plant new trees every 7 to 15 years before the older trees become infertile. This creates a sustainable planting and harvesting cycle, and only the less fruitful trees are cut down for timber.
The wood sequesters carbon in the air and the furniture made from it acts as a long-term carbon ‘store’. It does a lot to curb greenhouse gases. It has a large growing stock and the by-product of the tree, mango, is readily available, making mango wood extremely sustainable.
The use of mango wood also means that there is less pressure to use more endangered trees such as teak or the East Indian rosewood (also known as sheesham). The rosewood is slow growing and over-exploitation of its wood and illegal logging threaten its sustainability. Large plantations have been established in Java and India to meet the demand for rosewood in India. Because of its ‘Vulnerable’ status on the IUCN Red List, artisans, craftsmen and furniture manufacturers in India are being encouraged to switch to mango wood, which is safe, sustainable in the long term and easily rivals the material and beauty of teak or rosewood in quality.
If you want to preserve the natural beauty of the wood, you should treat it with wax and oil. The wax material should be worked into the wood and the excess wiped off. If oil is used, it is advisable to apply it to the surface with a brush, as much as can be absorbed. These procedures should be carried out at the end of good weather for garden furniture. It is advisable to wipe over with oil every 3-4 months using a lint-free cloth. Paper towels should not be used as they can scratch the surface of the wood. Use a soft bristle brush and soapy water to remove accumulated dirt before treatment. Avoid using pressure washers and steel wool. Wood that has not been cleaned may turn dark grey after a few years. To avoid this, we recommend purchasing a cleaning product specifically recommended for tropical wood, which removes accumulated dirt and grease from the surface of the furniture and even contains brightening ingredients that help to restore the wood to its original colour.