Care & Cleaning
FINISH FOR THE FINEST
Our hand applied, custom formulated, multi-layered colors and varnishes produce a depth of clarity, beauty, and silky smoothness seldom experienced with today's furniture. Using up to 20 intensive finishing processes, our finish is tough and durable. With this protection, it's no surprise that many spills can be wiped up with no permanent stain or damage. With proper care, your furniture will continue to look as rich as the day it was made.
CONTROL THE ENVIRONMENT
Your furniture responds to change in temperature and humidity by expanding and contracting. Keep the indoor relative humidity in the 35 to 45 percent range to minimize these effects. Ultraviolet light from the sun and fluorescent fixtures can cause chemical changes in the wood and/or finish. Avoid places furniture in an area where it will be hit with direct sunlight. Keep it away from direct sources of heating and cooling, and avoid storing it in an attic or cellar type environment.
EFFECTS OF THE ENVIRONMENT
If the humidity moves out of the ideal range, solid wood table tops could expand or contract, causing a gap in the center or at the ends where the two halves meet. Uncontrolled humidity conditions can also cause splits or cracks in the grain pattern and joints of the wood panels. These symptoms are the results of an uncontrolled environment and are not considered defective. If the environment is not controlled, these conditions should be appreciated as an inherent characteristics of solid wood.
AVOID DRY DUSTING/WIPING
Dust and other normally occurring materials in a house contain tiny abrasive particles much like find sandpaper. When removed with a dry cloth, they abrade the finish and cause tiny scratches. Over time, this will result in changes to the appearance - particularly in the most used areas. Prevent this problem by using a water dampened, soft clean cloth to clean your furniture. The moistened cloth picks up and holds the dust so it's less likely to scratch the finish. Follow-up with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth to dry the surface.
PROTECT THE FINISH
Our products are finished with a premium-grade conversion varnish. Even though this finish is very durable, place mats should be used under rough plates, and trivets should be placed under hot serving dishes. Temperature of items placed directly on the wood finish should not exceed 150ºF. Pad any areas that will be used as a work surface. Permanent markings can be left by pressing too hard with a pen or pencil.
KEEP IT CLEAN
You can easily avoid burdensome cleaning and finish abuse by wiping up spills immediately with a moist cloth so they don't set up or harden. For most routine cleaning, a soft cloth dampened with warm, soapy water will do the trick. The use of well-formulated cleaning products without abrasives can be effective for those tougher cleaning tasks. If using these products, follow-up promptly using warm, soapy water and a soft cloth.
Avoid polishes or cleaners that contain silicone or ammonia. Lemon oil may be helpful in caring for your home.