Care of Solid Wood furniture
If cared for properly your solid hardwood furniture can give you a lifetime of service and beauty. Here are several care tips that will enhance your hardwood furniture investment.
The wood in furniture continues to exchange moisture with the air, expanding and shrinking in response to changes in relative humidity. Solid hardwood furniture’s natural response to extremely dry air is to give off moisture and shrink a bit. The halves of an extension table may part or “gap” slightly or a few tiny openings may appear on a solid wood surface. This will mostly correct itself as the relative humidity rises and the wood absorbs enough moisture to expand slightly.
On the other hand, if you don't have an air conditioner or dehumidifier, your home's relative humidity may get too high. Parts of your wood furniture may absorb excess moisture from the air and expand. Once again, this tends to self-correct itself as your home's relative humidity decreases. Anyone who owns solid wood antiques understands that the beauty of the solid wood compensates for the natural characteristics of the wood.
The furniture’s quality and natural sturdiness are not affected by these natural changes. Here are some ways to ensure your solid hardwood furniture’s longevity:
· Place your furniture away from radiators, fireplaces, and heating ducts.
· Position furniture out of direct sunlight or adjust blinds to avoid hour after hour of direct sunlight.
· Control humidity to 40%-45%. In winter use a humidifier, in summer use a dehumidifier or air conditioner.
· Use coasters with non-scratching bottoms.
· Use padding under sharp, hot, or cold objects.
· Avoid using nail polish remover and other solvents near or on furniture.
Routine Cleaning and First Aid
DUST CAREFULLY with a soft cloth, following the grain pattern of the wood. Use a microfiber cloth or an old T-shirt, baby diaper or cheesecloth that has been laundered to remove the sizing.
DUST REGULARLY to remove everyday abrasive particles from wood surfaces.
CLEAN WHEN NECESSARY with mild non-alkaline soap and water, using a damp sponge or cloth. Dry immediately with a soft cloth and buff lightly, following the grain.
DON'T WAX or use any polish that contains any silicones! Our sealers don't need additional finish, but if you want to use a polish we recommend Lemon Oil Furniture Polish.