Caring for Wood Finishes.

General Maintenance

Dust your wood furniture regularly to avoid build-up of dirt and grime that can dull the finish. Dust with a clean damp cloth following the grain of the wood. Wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth. Do not use excess amounts of water and do not allow water to stand on the wood surface.

Follow these guidelines:

DO:

  1. Clean all surfaces frequently with a soft, water-dampened cloth, wiping with the grain.
  2. Use coasters under hot objects such as coffeepots and cups (avoid temperature extremes).
  3. Lift objects to move them.
  4. Immediately remove all liquids on wood surfaces by blotting them dry (moisture is not your furniture's friend!).
  5. Use a protective desk pad under all writing areas and business machines.Level the product to prevent items from sliding across surface (and allow better movement of drawer slides).

DON'T:

  1. Use paper towels as this will scratch the surface.
  2. Clean or wipe against the grain.
  3. Expose the furniture to extreme heat, cold or humidity variations (keep away from radiators, air conditioning vents, humidifiers, fireplaces, etc.)
  4. Pull items across the wood as this will scratch the surface.
  5. Expose the furniture to strong sunlight (this will accelerate changes in the colour of the wood furniture).
  6. Use harsh solvents - they might cause the finish to deteriorate.
  7. Use glass cleaners or waxes.
  8. Use furniture polishes as they build up layers which trap dirt and particles which can scratch surfaces and leave a smeared appearance.
  9. Allow water to stand on the wood surface.

Stain Removal

  1. Surface water; dried droplets 
    Rub a damp sponge over the surface and wipe dry.
  2. Drinks 
    Soak up and rub with a damp cloth and wipe dry.
  3. Grease 
    Wipe with a wet sponge and washing-up liquid, rinse and dry.
  4. Glue, nail varnish 
    Call a professional cleaner if possible. Most varnishes / lacquers are attacked by acetone.
  5. Ink, permanent  marker 
    Clean immediately with methylated spirits or lemon juice. Some indelible pens can leave a mark on the varnish if cleaning is not done straight away.