Wood Care

No two trees are exactly alike so the natural color and grain variations in wood products are normal. Wood texture and grain do affect the finish, so it is impossible to guarantee an exact match in finish between two pieces of furniture even though the identical finishing processes are applied. These natural characteristics give solid wood furniture its own unique quality.

Solid wood furniture will breathe – expand and contract – with normal temperature and humidity.

Proper cleaning of your wood ensures its beauty and longevity. We recommend simply using a damp cloth to clean your furniture. Never use a silicone based polish. We recommend Guardsman Furniture Polish (available for purchase at our front counter) which is recommended for fine wood finishes.

Every effort should be made to keep your wood furniture out of direct sunlight and heat sources such as radiators, hot air outlets or wood stoves (two to three feet should be enough room). These conditions will cause the wood to dry out and subsequently split.

Humidity between 35 to 45 percent guards against shrinking and cracking or expansion. Basements with high humidity should be avoided. It is strongly recommended that you use a dehumidifier or humidifier depending on your environment. Extreme temperature and humidity will ruin wood.

 

Follow these care and cleaning tips if you have a solid wood dining table

  • Any table made from wood can be scratched, burned or dented. When in use we recommend using placemats or tablecloths to protect the top from plates, hot pans, dishes, etc.
  • Darker finishes will show scratches more readily.
  • Clean the table by using a slightly damp sponge or cloth – use a mild dish soap or detergent if desired – then dry with a soft towel or cloth. Try to wipe up spills quickly so cleaning is easy. Never use abrasive cleaners or sponges.
  • Never let candle wax drip on the table – it will discolor the finish.
  • Be aware that humidity and climate will affect your wood furniture. Wood exchanges moisture with the air, expanding and contracting as humidity levels fluctuate. This movement can sometimes cause periodic gapping at the rule joints {the areas where leafs are inserted into the table top}. Such temporary gapping is a natural characteristic of solid wood and is not considered a manufacturing defect.
  • Placing your table near heating vents, fireplaces, or wood stoves can damage your furniture because of the extreme changes in temperature and moisture.
  • Wood does have a tendency to darken and age over time – this will be especially noticeable on lighter finishes.
  • Avoid direct sunlight – ultraviolet rays will change the color of the wood over time. If your table is in a sunny area, never leave an object on your table for an extended period of time – you could very well find that the area underneath the object is a different color than the rest of the table! We also recommend periodically putting your leaves into the table allowing them to age naturally to match the color of the rest of the table.