Caring For Your Furniture
It is important not to lose sight of the fact that your furniture is made of solid wood. When a hot dish or a cup of hot liquid is placed directly on the surface, moisture may be drawn from the wood and can be trapped under the topcoat, causing a cloudy ring of discoloration to form. Also, the finish and the wood under it may be scratched and dented. These things do not mean the furniture is defective. Rather, they are indicators that care must be exercised in the use of solid wood furniture.
We offer the following suggestions to help you care for your furniture and get the maximum enjoyment from it:
Heat and Moisture
Do not put pots, pans, or casserole dishes that come directly from the stove or oven on a table. Transfer foods into serving dishes or platters. Then use a trivet that allows air to flow between the table and the dish. Be cautious with trivets that have metal feet that can transfer heat to the table. As an added precaution, you may want to put a hot pad under the trivet. If you cannot hold it in your bare hands (such as a coffee cup), don’t put it directly on the tabletop or other surface. Cold drinks usually don’t cause trouble unless left for a very long time, but coaster’s don’t hurt!
When writing, place a magazine or pad under your paper to keep from making an indentation on the table. Keys, rivets on pocketbooks, and other sharp items can produce fine scratches.
Strong sunlight can fade the color of wood stains. Be careful with items placed near windows. Use drapes or curtains when possible.
Wood polish or wax is generally not needed, since it will not get to the wood, rather it will sit on top of the finish. We recommend cleaning with a damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth. Cloudy marks from heat damage cannot be fixed. Only complete refinishing will cure heat damage. Be sure to maintain the relative humidity in your home between 25-35% with a humidifier or air conditioner. Keep the company boards in the same vicinity as the table, not in an area like a damp basement.