Article - General Care & Maintenance Wooden Finishes

We believe that every piece of Furniture is unique and as your furniture is made from a naturally occurring material, it is important you are aware that it may feature some variations in the oak color, texture and/or grain and whilst we try to keep these variations to a minimum, if present they serve to add character and charm.

If the product is oiled oak, we recommend you use Teak, Linseed or Danish oil sparingly on the whole surface of the product within the first month of receiving and then every 6 months.  This will help prevent cracking or splitting as the oil puts the moisture back into the wood.  Failure to follow these instructions will invalidate any warranty.

Direct Sunlight
All timber surfaces when subjected to direct or indirect sunlight will mellow and change color over a period of time.  New furniture will initially vary in shade from items that have been previously purchased and used for some time.  Taking good care of your furniture ensures its longevity.

Heat
Furniture will endure most temperatures in the modern homes.  However, it should be positioned as far away from radiators, direct sunlight or other forms of direct heat sources, as possible.  Avoid extremes in humidity.  This can cause wood to warp and loosen glues.  Keep furniture away from air conditioning units.  For protection against heat sources from hot plates and cups, quality tablemats and cloths should always be used.

Extending Tables
Extendable dining tables should be left extended for first few months to avoid uneven shade.  Likewise, any objects such as lamps or ornaments on the furniture surface need to be moved regularly to avoid shading of the surface. 

Placing Objects on your Furniture
when writing, a protective mat should be used to protect the surface from marking.   

Spillages
Never leave spillages.  Remove them immediately with a blotting action.

Abrasive Cleaning Products & Household Furniture Sprays
Never use chemicals, abrasive materials or cleaners on your furniture as they may permanently damage the wood surface.  A gentle wipe with a lint free cleaning cloth, in the direction of the grain, is all required to maintain the lacquered finish.  Avoid heavy buffing which could cause shiny patches.  Spray polishes are best avoided as they contain silicones which may spoil the furniture’s surface by building up over time.

Cracks in the Wood
Wood is naturally hydroscopic, meaning that its moisture content varies depending on local humidity levels.  Although, your furniture has been naturally and kiln-dried, humidity changes may result in some cracking or movement.  Please do not be alarmed if some cracks or gaps appear, this is a completely normal response to the furniture's environment.

Moving & Placing
Never drag furniture, always lift it.  Do not drag objects over the furniture surface, lift them.  It is always advisable to level furniture when placing it.  This will ensure cabinet drawers or doors are level and removed undue pressures on joints.

General Care of Leather.
Leather is a natural product and such will always bear the marks of its natural origin.  Avoid sharp objects that may snag the leather or scratch the surface. All leather should not be exposed to direct sunlight, as this will cause colors to fade.  It is imperative not to use any harsh detergents as they could have a harmful effect on the surface layer of the leather.

Spot cleaning on Leather.
Treat all stains and spillages immediately.   Soak up any spills with an absorbent cloth with blotting action.  Do not use an abrasive cloth or rub excessively.
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