Solid wood furniture is an excellent choice for your home.
Solid wood is a natural product and will continue to contract and expand in relation to the levels of humidity in your home.
The finishes applied to your furniture is formulated to withstand the rigors of daily use
Following these few care tips, your furniture will last and remain looking beautiful for many generations.
- Maintain your home at a rate of 40%-50% relative humidity. Solid wood’s response to high humidity levels is to absorb the moisture which could cause the moving parts to get tight. Using an air conditioner or dehumidifier will help to lower humidity levels during the summer months.
- Keep your furniture away from direct sunlight or heat sources. If your environment is too dry it could cause your furniture to contract resulting in mitre joints to separate a bit. A Humidifier will be helpful to increase moisture levels during the dry winter months.
- Clean your furniture simply with a soft damp cloth. You may use a mild dish detergent if you need to. Do not use solvents as that could damage the finish.
- Placing hot objects such as a steaming bowl of soup or a delicious cup of tea may cause heat rings. It’s best to use a charger, place mat or coaster for hot or abrasive items.
- Wipe up spills as they happen to avoid stains or damages to the finish.
The beauty of purchasing Solid Wood furniture is that it can almost always be restored!
Here are some tips to restore your furniture to its original beauty even after years of use.
- Try our Heirloom Essentials Fine Furniture Care products. Heirloom Essentials cleans without leaving a filmy residue, wax build up or damage the finish because it contains no ammonia, wax or silicone. It comes in a variety of pleasing scents including scent-free.
- Use Howard’s Wood Care products such as Howard’s Orange oil. It contains excellent cleaning properties of natural orange oil derived from the rind of oranges. It helps break down dirt and wax build up without drying out your finish.
- For minor scratches try a Touchup Marker by Woodwright. It’s filled with a blend of real stain and varnish and it’s available in a wide variety of colours.
- If you find that you have mild abrasions or heat rings on your furniture, try Howard’s Restor-A-Finish. It eliminates white heat rings and water marks, blends out scratches and blemishes, restores colour and luster to faded finishes and will not dissolve existing finish.
- Solid wood furniture can also be re-finished by stripping it and sanding it down to begin the finishing process again. You can even change the colour completely with this method.