Amine oxides are highly effective as wood preservatives. The structure is built from an amine oxide and an iodine containing biocide (water soluble acidic copper salts plus water soluble fatty amine salts). A combination that makes wood waterproof and protects it against termites, decay and mildew.
The wood preservative composition exhibits low toxicity, high stability in water, low corrosives to metal substrates, excellent penetration and uniform distribution into wood, low odor, waterproofing properties and high leaching resistance.
Other cellulose and fiber materials, such as cotton or burlap may also be preserved with this preservative. Another embodiment is a method of controlling micro organisms, such as fungal decay and sap stain organisms in freshly cut lumber.