Timber Furniture Care and Facts
Wood is a natural material. It is important to understand its unique properties which should not be mistaken for flaws. Knots and Joint Lines: These are a natural property of all real wood furniture which can sometimes be visible through the painted/stained surface. This adds interest and does not affect the structural integrity of the piece.
Expansion and Contraction: All timber will display movement from season to season because of changes in temperature and humidity. This could effect, for example, the ease in which a drawer opens and closes, making it a little stiff. Also, give rise to timber joins expanding and contracting.
Common sense should prevail as to the dos and don'ts with your timber furniture. The following tips will help you enjoy your furniture for many years to come.
Avoid Sunlight and Heat
Wood is a natural product and is therefore subject to the effects of the environment. Grain can dry out and colour can slightly vary over time. Splits and cracks may develop and this is part of the natural wood ageing process – it is not a flaw and will not damage your piece of furniture.
Most of our locally made furniture is made to order, so we recommend that extra care is taken in the first three weeks of receiving your furniture. This includes, in the case of a table, using a table cloth or old sheet to protect from potential spills during usage, then removing the cover at all other times to expose the surface to air to assist with the curing process.
To preserve your wooden furniture as best as possible:
- Avoid direct contact with sunlight, heat and liquids.
- Regularly remove dust and dirt using a damp cloth (not abrasive). Do not use cleaning products that contain solvents as these are too harsh.
- Spills should be cleaned as soon as possible.
- Do not place very hot items (such as pots and casserole dishes) on your table as this will burn the timber.
- Avoid contact with acids such as lemon juice or vinegar. If this occurs, clean and wipe dry straight away.
Timber normally dries out with time and re-finishing of the surface might be required. The speed at which this happens depends on the conditions of the surrounding environment and how well a piece of furniture is maintained.