- Wood does best in moderate temperatures of 70° - 72° with a relative humidity of 50-55%. Frequent and sudden changes in humidity can be particularly damaging. Wood is most likely to crack when conditions suddenly change from hot and humid to cool and dry. Place furniture away from all heat sources, including radiators, fireplaces, and unshaded windows. If furniture is placed near an air duct, use a shield to direct heat away. Store table leaves as close to the table as possible to maintain similar temperature and humidity conditions for the entire piece of furniture.
- Direct heat from sunlight can damage wood, but ultraviolet rays can also damage finishes and bleach the wood underneath Prolonged exposure can cause a finish to crack. Tablecloths, runners, doilies, and other textiles on a wood item may slow damage, but will not prevent it. Keep the furniture out of direct sunlight, and if that is not possible, reduce the amount of light impacting the piece as much as possible with window shades, blinds, or drapes. Avoid allowing sunlight to hit only part of a surface, as this can create the most spot-bleaching, warping, and other damage caused by non-uniform ultraviolet exposure, and intense, localized temperature and humidity changes.
Placing hot items on a wood surface can cause burns or chemically change the finish and discolor it. We recommend the use of trivets, coasters, or other heat-protective accessories. An overheating laptop can also damage the finish, or even cause the underlying wood to split or crack, if used in the same place for prolonged periods.
- Use neutral-colored felt bottoms on lamps and decorative objects. Do not slide objects on wood surfaces. Writing directly on a finished surface may cause indentations.
- Clean furniture regularly, since body oils, fingerprints, and perspiration can harm finishes over time, most often on chairs. Keep chemicals such as nail polish remover, alcohol, cologne, or solvents away from the furniture. Contact with certain plants or their sap may also cause stains. When using felt for padding, avoid bright colors, which can leach into the wood over time. Do not leave plastic objects on the surface, or use plastic tablecloths, place mats, or similar items, as plastic may stick to a finish and damage it when pulled up, and color may leach into the finish over time.
- All of our products are sealed and ready for use upon delivery.
Standard Wood Finish
Surfaces should be cleaned periodically with a cloth dampened with a non-wax product containing polish or mild detergent. Use of ammonia-based or silicone-based cleaners may harm the finish.
Oil & Wax Finish
Our furniture should cleaned using a product like pledge designed for finished wood furniture. Some of our accessories like our coat racks and cutting boards require a wax or mineral oil treatment once or twice a year. The amount of use will determine how often you should reapply. For example if your coat rack is actively used for hanging wet jackets and gloves during ski season it would be a good idea to apply a fresh coat of wax before ski season and then right after the season ends.