How to Care for Wooden Furniture

Our furniture ranges are lovingly crafted from the finest wood. The wood used to create our ranges is taken from sustainable sources minimising any impact on the environment.

Wood is a natural product, therefore knots, grain and small movements within the product are completely normal, adding to the individuality of each piece.

All of our wooden furniture has been finished with either a lacquer or a wax to protect the wood while also letting its natural appearance remain at the fore.

Lacquered Finish

Lacquered furniture is exceptionally durable and and protects the wood from liquid penetration, hot cups and crayons, although it is still advisable to use mats and coasters where possible and clean up spills as soon as they happen. Constant water will wear down the lacquer leaving a dull mottled appearance.

Lacquered wood can be kept looking it’s best simply by polishing regularly using a clean damp cloth if it gets dirty, but it is always advisable to dry off the wood afterwards. Dust it with a soft cloth.

Waxed Finish

Unlike Lacquered wood, waxed wood is not sealed, therefore can take on the elements of it’s surroundings and is not protected from spills. Rings will occur if mats and coasters are not used and spills will be absorbed into the wood. Over time, wax furniture will fade and may become dry. This is completely normal and is not a defect. It can be brought back to life by using a suitable wax or polish.

Periodic maintenance is essential in keeping your waxed furniture looking great. Maintenance depends on what wear and tear each individual piece receives. For example a chest of drawers would benefit from perhaps a monthly wax of just the top, using a clear wax, whereas a dining table would benefit twice a month. Six to Twelve month intervals are advised to wax the entire piece.

The wax soaks into the wood keeping it hydrated. If rewaxing was not kept up, the piece is likely to fade. You should dust your furniture regularly with a dry, soft cloth. NEVER wipe wax furniture with a damp cloth as this may remove the wax coating.

Please note - Applying any wax will by it’s nature change the finish of the product and that the right colour selection is VERY IMPORTANT. We advise using a clear wax to avoid colour change over time. Furniture polish and other cleaning materials should not be used on a waxed finish.

Painted Finish

Dust painted furniture weekly and spot-clean dirty areas with a damp lint-free cloth. Always use as little moisture as possible on painted wood furniture to help prevent water damage. Most of our painted ranges have lacquered wood tops. Follow the cleaning guidelines for Lacquered furniture for advice on how to care for it.

And with all furniture....

1. It is best to avoid placing your furniture near to heat sources such as radiators. Temperature needs to be controlled as the furniture will expand and contract in extreme temperatures.

2. Added moisture may cause the panels in your furniture to move slightly, so adequate ventilation should be provided to minimise this.

3. Light will, over a period of time, slightly alter the colour of your furniture, this is just part of the ageing process.

4. Always use coasters and place mats when placing hot drinks and food onto your furniture.

5. Never use chemicals such as bleach, or any abrasive materials to clean the furniture.

6. Try not to leave your furniture in direct sunlight, this could dry out the wood and lead to fading.

7. Some items of furniture are very heavy and awkward to lift. We recommend that you have 2 people to lift these items such as tables, chests and robes. Do not drag the units as this will lead to damages.

 

Always try a test patch first. If you are unsure as to whether the item you are cleaning is suitable for our instructions, take professional cleaning advice first.

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