Taking care of your solid wood furniture
Regular Cleaning Routine
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.
The strain put on your furniture has been covered with a protective lacquer. Never put hot dishes or Pizza Boxes directly on surfaces, as the heat and humidity can ‘lift’ the laquer resulting in large white marks.
Sunlight causes a second undesired effect, it can discolor the finish. So again, try and avoid direct sunlight.
Natural Look Variations
No two pieces of solid wood furniture will ever be alike. Nature only creates and never repeats. So, each piece of wood is unique, with its own variation in grain and color. The color 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.
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 excessively dry air. As it loses moisture the wood shrinks, small gaps may appear in places like tabletops. 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 left 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.