Does Rubber Wood Contain Latex? Guide To Rubber Wood

For many years Mondoro has been producing furniture with rubber wood.  I have personally viewed the rubber wood preparation and processing process.  

Rubberwood does not contain any latex. Any latex in the wood has already been taken out before the wood is processed as hardwood.  Rubber wood is considered eco-friendly as before 1980, the wood was burned as they were not sure how to process the wood properly.  New technology allowed rubber wood to be engineered into the beautiful hardwood we know today.  

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Rubber Wood Does Not Contain Latex

Rubber wood is a hardwood derived from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) and is primarily grown in Southeast Asia. While the rubber tree does produce latex, rubber wood does not contain any significant amount of latex because the latex is harvested from the tree before the wood is used for lumber.

If you are allergic to latex or have any reactions to latex, you do not need to worry about any rubber wood in your home.  I am allergic to latex and have never had any reaction when handling rubber wood;  if you are not sure, then talk to a doctor who is an allergy specialist.

The Process Of Producing Rubber Wood

Process of getting the latex in Rubber Tree

To ensure that rubber wood can be used for furniture and other items, the latex is harvested from the tree when it is about six years old. At this point, the tree has reached maturity and is stopping to produce enough latex regularly.

The latex is collected by making small incisions in the tree’s bark and allowing the sap to flow out. Once the latex has been harvested, and the tree is no longer producing latex, the tree is cut down, and the wood is used for lumber.

Rubber Wood Processing Started In The 1980s

For many years, rubber wood was burned as a waste product because it was not considered a good hardwood. The tree was only used for latex production, and the tree’s wood would go to waste as there was no viable way to use the rubber tree wood. 

The problem with rubber wood was that it was prone to warping and cracking, making it challenging to work with and limiting its potential applications.

Hevea Brasiliensis Or Rubber Wood Timber Engineering Explained

However, in the 1980s, a process was developed to make rubber wood more stable and usable as a hardwood. This process is called “Hevea Brasiliensis timber engineering” or “Hevea wood processing.

The process involves several steps, including kiln drying, preservative treatment, and steaming. First, the natural rubber wood logs are cut into lumber and then kiln-dried to remove excess moisture. Next, the lumber is treated with preservatives to protect against insects and fungal decay.

After the preservative treatment, the lumber is placed in a steaming chamber subjected to high-pressure steam. This process softens the wood fibers and makes them more pliable, allowing the wood to be bent and shaped without cracking or splitting.

A factory processing rubber wood must have this steam chamber, or the wood can not be used as a rubber wood hardwood.  

Finally, the steamed lumber is kiln-dried again to remove moisture and stabilize the wood’s shape.

Once this process is complete, the rubber wood is transformed into a stable and durable hardwood suitable for various applications, including furniture, flooring, and other decorative items.

Rubber Wood Is Transformed From A Waste Product To Hard Wood

Overall, the Hevea wood processing method has allowed rubber wood to be transformed from a waste product into a valuable and sustainable hardwood that furniture makers and other woodworkers highly prize. 

Rubber wood is a popular choice for furniture and other items because it is hardwood, which is dense and durable. Unlike some other hardwoods, such as oak or cherry, rubberwood is a sustainable and environmentally friendly option because it comes from a renewable resource.

Additionally, rubber wood is relatively inexpensive, making it a cost-effective option for furniture manufacturers.

Rubber Wood Has A Uniformed Grain Pattern

One of the unique qualities of rubber wood is its uniform grain pattern, which gives it a consistent and attractive appearance. The wood is also easy to work with and takes stains and finishes nicely, allowing it to be customized to match various design styles.

Many factories in Asia prefer rubber wood for furniture as it is stable hardwood and will take well to many finishes.  We have used rubber wood for many products and find it an excellent choice for many kinds and types of finishes, looks, colors, and styles. 

Rubber Wood Is Eco-Friendly

The added benefit of rubber wood is that you can say it is an eco-friendly wood that once would have been burned before the process of using the wood was invented.  

Even though the rubber tree does produce latex, rubber wood does not contain any significant amount of latex because the latex is harvested before the wood is used for lumber. This makes rubberwood a sustainable, cost-effective hardwood with a consistent and attractive appearance, making it a popular choice for furniture and other items.

If you are interested in seeing how Mondoro can be a valuable partner for you for wood furniture products – we would love to talk to you to see how we can help you.

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