General Care & Information Guidelines
- Correct environmental conditions in your home can add to the life of your fine furniture. Half the weight of freshly sawn wood is water. Our furniture is crafted from kiln-dried lumber that retains just enough moisture for the furniture to properly acclimate to the relative humidity of your home.
- Solid wood furniture is placed in an extremely dry environment will lose moisture and shrink. Conversely, furniture placed in a damp environment may absorb excess moisture and expand. This swelling may cause drawers to stick but will correct itself as the relative humidity decreases. These natural changes do not affect the quality and sturdiness of your furniture.
- In order to ensure your solid wood furniture's longevity; use a humidiffier in your home during the winter months and an air conditioner in the summer.
- Avoid placing your furniture directly in front of radiators, heating/cooling vents, fireplaces or anything that will cause a cyclical change in temperature over time.
- Don't expose your furniture to direct sunlight as it has a bleaching effect on wood and finishes. Protect your investment by occasionally drawing the blinds, drapes, or curtains in your home.
- Use coasters or trivets to prevent liquid rings and damage from hot dishes. Use protective pads under lamps, clocks, radios, telephones or any object placed on furniture.
- Lift objects carefully, do not drag them over the furniture's surface.
- Blot all spills immediately. Never let spilled food or beverages dry on the finish.
- Be especially careful of perfume, alcohol, solvents, and nail polish. Blot spills immediately using a dabbing motion. Do not rub.
- Avoid placing plastic or rubber objects on your furniture's surface as they can sometimes create a chemical reaction with the finish.
- Be careful not to run into furniture bases/table legs when vacuuming.
- Dust regularly with a clean, lint free absorbent cloth. Always dust in the direction of the grain.
- For extra protection, rub on a light application of furniture polish, buff with a soft cloth.
- Wrought iron bases: After cleaning your carpets, be sure they are completely dry before replacing the tables. Damp carpets will cause wrought iron to rust and could permanently stain the carpet.
Cleaning Care & Repair Guidelines
A very high quality lacquer is used on our furniture. It resists most household liquids, yellowing or cracking, and does an excellent job of protecting the wood. If nothing is done to it (except dusting) the finish will, over a period of time, become dull looking. Here are some tips to keep your furniture looking its best.
- To minimize minute scratches made by dirt particles and deposits that result from cooking fumes, fingerprints, etc., a solution of mild soap or oil soaps for wood and water may be used to wash your furniture, two or three times a year. However, don't allow the solution to "puddle" on the surfaces. An easier method to clean and maintain furniture is to use furniture care products (polish) available from your furniture dealer or at the local grocery store. These products contain cleaners to remove most household soils, plus they deposit a wax finish on the surface, which produces a pleasing shine.
- To clean, use a soft damp cloth. If necessary, use a mild soap solution with clean cool water, dry with another clean soft cloth, always wiping in the direction of the grain.
- Minor nicks and scratches to solid wood furniture can usually be repaired easily by the use of a child's crayon, shoe polish, felt-tipped marker or touch-up stick that matches the shade of the finish. Always take care to test an inconspicuous area of the furniture first. Lemon juice or salad oil is useful in the removal of minor stains. Always wipe dry and wax or polish after applying.
- Avoid the use of strong detergents and never use glass cleaner to clean your hardwood furniture. Over-applying waxes or polishes will create a buildup and actually attract dust and could eventually damage the surface by causing the wood to dry out. Only use products that contain natural ingredients.
- White rings which appear from setting something wet on a finished surface are the result of water vapor penetrating through the existing finish and then drying, leaving a separation void in the finish; which appears white or cloudy. To remove the white rings, we recommend the following steps. Proceed with caution, as there is the potential of removing the finish if not done properly.
- 1st: clean the area(s) with Murphy's Oil Soap and water, mixed as directed.
- 2nd: take an old white t-shirt and cut the back off, now fold it into quarters, & make a ball out of your quarters, with a flat hard pad on one side. It should be about the size of your hand.
- 3rd: Dampen the flat side of the pad lightly with denatured alcohol, (which can be found at any hardware store). Pass the dampened pad across the blemished area(s), using light quick strokes.
The white spots should be gone. If not, dampen your pad a little more, use a bit more pressure, finding the right combination, and it should work. This process is melting the finish back down into itself. Caution: If you notice ridges in the finish start to appear, stop immediately. You may have gone too far.