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Care Guide - Wooden Furniture

Placement of Furniture

  • Avoid placing in direct sunlight. Daylight/UV light matures wood. Uneven exposure to sunlight could result in colour variations which are very difficult to remove.
  • Avoid placing next to heat sources like radiators and wood burners. Strong heat sources can cause uneven dry areas in the wood, resulting in cracking or openings at the joints.
  • Avoid placing in moist or humid conditions. Wood can absorb water causing the grain to swell and feel rough, or cause cracking and openings at the joints. The ideal relative humidity for solid wood furniture is between 30-60%.
  • Hot or cold, dry or damp environments can effect your furniture causing warping and cracking. As such it is vital you keep your furniture in a constant, well-maintained environment to ensure longevity.

Usage

  • Wood changes colour with exposure to both natural and artificial light. To avoid patches and discolouration periodically move or rotate anything placed on your furniture to avoid patches of colour where an object has been placed. This is particularly important in the first 8-12 weeks, to give the wood chance to initially mature.
  • If you have an extendable dining table, leave it fully extended when possible or expose the leaves to light to minimise any obvious colour discolouration between them and the rest of the table.
  • Wooden furniture is not waterproof, so remove any moisture from surfaces as quickly as possible. Do not let liquids sit on surfaces for any period of time as they may warp and discolour the surface.
  • Wooden furniture is not heat resistant, so do not put hot crockery directly on any surface. These can mark or burn the surface, and degrade the finish faster. Always use an insulated placemat for protection, but do not use those containing rubber derivatives as these could react with the finish.
  • Wooden furniture is not immune to chemicals, so avoid cleaning agents and other non-neutral chemicals which may effect the surface of your furniture.
  • Sharp objects, such as cutlery, pens and buttons on the backside of your jeans, can mark the surface of your furniture, as can crockery being dragged across the top.
  • Leaning forwards or backwards on wooden chairs and stools will weaken their joints.

Cleaning Basics

  • The wood oils and hard waxes we use on our furniture provide a semi-permeable finish, so some liquids can penetrate the surface.
  • Liquids that stain or are insoluble in water should be wiped away as quickly as possible. They should be cleared away using a clean, damp, non-abrasive cloth, and then a clean dry cloth should be used to remove any excess moisture.
  • Be gentle with your furniture and do not use abrasives, chemical cleaners, bleach, vinegar, lemon juice, scouring powders or other cleaners containing acids as these will remove the protective layer of oil and may damage or discolour the surface.
  • Some furniture polishes (especially silicone spray polishes) are unsuitable for use and can degrade the furniture’s protective layer and cause a build-up of a silicone film. If you must use please test on a hidden, inconspicuous area and leave for 72 hours before reviewing and deciding whether to proceed.

Daily Cleaning

  • To remove any dust use a warm, slightly damp soft cloth.
  • For daily use we recommend Osmo ‘Spray Cleaner’ or Fiddes ‘Wood Surface Cleaner’.
  • We also advise periodic use of Osmo ‘Wash & Care’ as it contains soaps and oils to both nourish and prevent the wood from drying out. This will also prolong the oil finish and maintain it’s resistance to stains.

Quarterly Maintenance

  • If your furniture has an oiled or stained finish every 3 months polish the surface with good quality, natural beeswax polish or a coat of WoodSilk (non-silicon based treatment). Clean the surface with a damp cloth, leave to thoroughly dry, apply the polish sparingly and then buff along the grain with a clean duster. Allow 12 hours to dry and then repeat with 2 more coats. Taking care of your furniture in this way ensures the finish remains as resilient as possible to staining and wear.
  • Caution: Oily cloths and sponges can spontaneously ignite, they must be kept and disposed of inside an airtight metal or glass container.

Scratches and Marks

  • Light scratches and marks should be fixed prior to any reapplication of oil.
  • These can be removed by lightly sanding the area in the direction of the grain using a sanding sponge of fine sandpaper (180 grit or higher).
  • Finish using 240 grit sandpaper still in the direction of the grain.
  • Clean away any dust thoroughly before refinishing using the oiling process mentioned in “Quarterly Maintenance”.
  • Important: To remove stubborn stains or recondition the surface of the wood we always recommend consulting a specialist or contacting us directly for further advice.