Caring for your Trugs

I often receive calls and emails regarding their newly aquired Trug care, the answers I have supplied in the past should answer any questions you have.
Q   My dad is so happy with the trug and has asked me to ask you if it should be
  treated  with anything?
A   It doesn't have to be treated at all, but my original trug mentor, always
  recommended treating a trug with 'Sunflower Oil'. I can offer no explanation for
  this as I would have expected linseed oil, nevertheless he was insistant that
  sunflower was the correct treatment.
Q My mum is so pleased with the trug she cannot bear to get it dirty! Is there any way
to it protect it from discolouration from pollen and dirt?
A To prevent discolouration from dirt, apply two coats of clear varnish.
Although reluctant to varnish trugs, I have to admit to being guilty of this for
their different applications in my home. I have one in the bathroom for Jaquis
bathing sundries, so it can be washed (the trug - not the wife). Another in the living
room is filled with pot pourri (the perfumed oil we use would stain the trug).

ADDENDUM:- I have recently discovered (not true, a customer discovered!) that car accessory shops sell cans of clear spray laquer that is the final application to retain colour and protect a newly sprayed area after repair. This laquer is very hard, very clear and dries in a minute or two. Two or three coats will protect and keep the trug in 'as-new' condition for many years.
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Q Do I need to keep my trug in a dry place?
A No. When any wood is completely dry, it can become brittle. Feel quite free to
hose it down or wash it after use to remove any build up of mud and grime.
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