Wood Care Instructions

Instructions for All Wood Furniture

  • Your wood furniture can be damaged by moisture and heat. We recommend always protecting your furniture by using trivets or coasters to prevent moisture from accumulating on the surface, which is called a “cloud.” Always be sure to wipe up moisture promptly with a soft, clean, and dry cloth.
  • Wood will expand and contract with seasonal humidity changes, which may result in warping. Try to maintain consistent humidity levels to prevent your wood furniture from warping.
  • Air and sunlight will change the color of natural wood over time. Occasionally rotate the items on your table to maintain a consistent color throughout its surface. If your table has leaves, be sure to expose them to the same amount of sunlight to ensure your table’s color is consistent.
  • Sharp objects can damage your table. Be sure to avoid dragging any sharp object across your solid wood surface. Protecting your table from sharp objects can easily be managed with the use of placemats, runners, coasters, and/or trivets.
  • Wood care varies by finish technique. Be sure to care for your wood furniture according to its finish.

Lacquer, Paint, or Stain

  • Use a soft damp cloth that is clean. Be sure to wipe dry.
  • A table that has a lacquer, paint, or stain on the wood’s surface is susceptible to dents and scratches. The use of trivets, coasters, placemats, and felt pads are recommended to protect your furniture.
  • A soft cloth and a solution of water and a mild detergent will help get rid of any persistent spots. Be sure to wipe gently and always wipe dry.
  • Cleaning products containing alcohol, petroleum, or ammonia are not recommended.
  • We do not recommend using a finish polish, as this can accumulate over time, leaving a residue.

Oil-and-Wax or Oiled

  • Use a soft damp cloth that is clean. Be sure to wipe dry.
  • Oil and wax finishes form a natural protective coating that acts as a repellent against most common substances and liquids, but is not a guarantee against harsh stains like coffee or wine. To prevent harsh stains from absorbing into the grain of the wood, always use coasters, trivets, or placemats.
  • Treat your furniture twice a year with a natural wax or when the wood seems dry. Apply the wax with a clean white cloth and be sure to follow the direction of the wood grain. Using another cloth, buff the excess wax and reveal the smooth finish.

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