Looking after Solid Wood Furniture
Use only a clean soft cloth when cleaning your furniture. Always wipe in the direction of the grain. If you need to, dampen the cloth with water and then use a dry cloth afterwards. Do not use any other liquid as this will affect the finish. Solvents and alcohol are particularly bad. Clean up any spills immediately. If the wood absorbs liquid, it may crack or even warp.
Your furniture, being made from natural material is affected by changes in temperature and humidity in your home. Hardwood furniture does not take kindly to excessive dry air. As it loses moisture the wood shrinks, small gaps may appear in places like table tops. This does not affect the strength of your furniture. When the area’s humidity rises, these gaps will disappear as the moisture in the hardwood is regained.
Avoid placing your furniture next to heating or air conditioning vents, radiators or direct sunlight for prolonged periods. If you have leaves for a table, store them in an environment with similar humidity to your table (ie not in the basement). Always use coasters and hot pads for glasses and hot dishes.
Sunlight causes a second undesired effect, it can discolour the finish. So again, try and avoid direct sunlight.
The stain put on your furniture has been covered with a protective laquer. This laqueur hardens very fast (in minutes). However it will continue to harden for up to 4 weeks. So during the first 4 weeks of getting your furniture home be particularly careful about the above points. Never put hot dishes or Pizza Boxes directly on surfaces, as the heat and humidty can ‘lift’ the laquer resulting in large white marks.
Nature only creates and never repeats. So, each piece of wood is unique, with its own variation in grain and colour. The colour is affected not just by the grain, but also, knots, minerals and oils present in the wood. These variations will be present in any high quality piece of furniture made of genuine wood and are in no way manufacturing defects.