Caring for Solid Hardwood Furniture
Curing & Durability
When you receive your furniture the finish is 80% cured. This is similar to cement. It is hard, protective, and ready to use right away. However, it takes and additional 3-4 weeks for the final natural hardening of the surface. For the first 3-4 weeks in your home avoid heat and moisture to the surface.
Control the Environment
Try to keep the humidity in the 30 to 50 degree range and the temperature in the 60 to 80 degree range. There will be natural movement of the wood. For example, a table top can show a small gap at certain times of the year, and will close in time.
Abrasion & Scratching
Our products are finished with a modified catalyzed conversion varnish. Catalyzed varnish is tough, but not indestructible. There will be scratches and dents along the way if you use your furniture but there are ways to avoid this. Do not slide items across furniture, make sure to lift and move them. Make sure you put protective pads under vases and decorative items. Keep your furniture free of dust. Dust particles, while small, can be abrasive. Remember, this is a durable varnish but even the toughest finish will scratch with abrasion.
Spills & Water Rings
Blot up spills immediately with a moistened cloth. The surface finish provides protection that makes most spills that would ruin normal lacquer finish not a problem. However, moisture for an extended period of time can cause slight discoloration that in most cases will disappear over time. Try to avoid this by blotting up any spills as soon as they happen.
Avoid placing extremely hot items on the surface, especially in the first 3-4 weeks in your home. Never place anything right out of the microwave or oven on your furniture. The average heat out of the microwave is 211 degrees. Catalyzed varnish is tested to withstand temperatures up to 140 degrees.
Make sure to rotate place mats and accessories to prevent uneven aging when exposed to natural sunlight. Remember to rotate table leaves as well. Table leaves that are always stored away from sunlight will not age the same as the rest of your table.
Products to Avoid
Please do not polish or clean your furniture with products containing silicone, wax, or ammonia. For most routine cleaning, a soft warm, soapy water will be sufficient.