Caring For Your Reclaimed and Sustainable Wood Furniture
This care guide has been put together by our team, to offer you advice on how to keep your furniture looking wonderful for many years to come.
Your reclaimed and sustainable wood furniture will in many cases have a waxed finish, but it may also have lacquered or oiled finish. For any items that has a waxed finish, please also read the Waxing Guide and Wax Benefits below.
To clean your furniture:
We often get asked what products can be used on a daily basis to clean your furniture.
If your furniture has a lacquered or oiled finish, then most household polishes can be used.
However for a waxed finish, we would recommend avoiding spray polishes that contain silicones, as they may spoil the surface of your furniture by building up over time.
Avoid markings:Our main recommendation would be to use placemats and coasters whenever placing something hot on the surface. This really will be the best way to to avoid ring marks.
Also wiping up any spills as soon as possible, will help you avoid stains.
When writing, avoid your pen making impressions by using a pad underneath your sheet of paper.
Other maintenance tips:To make sure you avoid weakening the joints, never drag furniture, always lift.
When placing furniture directly on to hard floors (uncarpeted) make sure you use heavy duty felt pads, or other forms of protection to avoid scratches or marks. These can be bought from most hardware stores or online.
You may wax your piece of furniture as often as you like, although we would recommend regular waxing for well used surfaces.
Examples of well used surfaces are table tops, sideboard tops or any other piece of furniture which is used lots.
For these well used areas, we would recommend that at least a monthly wax for the first 3 months will be needed, as it acclimatises to the heat of your home.
And then, all you need as an old rag, which you can use to apply the wax generously across your piece of furniture.
You will need to rub it on along the grain of the wood to make sure it gets in to all areas.
Once you've done your waxing, it's best to leave it approx 30mins.
After 30 mins, use another clean rag to remove excess and to give it a very light buff.
Waxing is also great to remove any marks or cracks which may appear over time, and can be used in the affected area only.
If you see any small crack appear (these are known as shakes, and are quite common in old reclaimed wood), simply wax over them, and they will not only make the crack disappear, however it will also help to nourish the wood.
Key Benefits for Waxing:
- The wax will not only make your furniture look as good as new again, however it will also nourish the timber!
- Waxing helps to build up the stain resistance of the wood without changing the colour.
- Well nourished wood furniture will increase the lifespan of your purchase, and maintain the beauty of your furniture.
Hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions at all, then please don't hesitate to contact us on 01273 499057 or send us a message.