Caring for Your Hardwood Furniture
The First Weeks
Solid wood is a ‘live’ material that continuously reacts to changes in temperature and humidity. As such, your hardwood furniture will take some time to acclimate to its new environment. To ensure the strength of your furniture, remember to retighten the screws 2 weeks after assembly. Repeat this once a year thereafter.
Caring for the Finish
Our hardwood furniture is finished with two coats of nitrocellulose lacquer. Here are a few guidelines:
- Dust the surface regularly with a damp cloth. If using commercial products, use only furniture polishes containing detergents, emulsifiers and mineral oil. Avoid products containing silicone cleaners or waxes.
- Use a placemat or coaster before placing hot items on the surface.
- Avoid leaving damp items on the surface. Wipe up spills as quickly as possible.
- Note that prolonged exposure to sunlight cause the finish to fade or change color slightly.
Living with Real Wood
Solid wood reacts to changes in temperature and humidity by absorbing or releasing moisture. As such, your furniture may develop tiny openings (checks) as it expands and contracts. This is normal, and to a certain degree, unavoidable.
- To minimize this effect, avoid placing furniture near heat sources like fireplaces or in direct sunlight.
- Avoid placing wood furniture in the direct path of air vents for heaters and air conditioners.
- If a hairline check develops, you can use a small amount of wood filler to patch it up.