Caring for your furniture.
Wood is organic and can be negatively affected by being in the sun, near a heat source or a moist environment. Wooden items can dry out - leading to cracking, swell and warp with too much moisture, and can discolour, fade or ooze resin with sun and heat.
Here are a few hints and tips to look after your furniture.
Painted furniture can be wiped down with a damp cloth to keep it clean. Cleaning chemicals can damage the finish so are not recommended. Sunlight can fade or discolour paintwork so avoid direct sunlight if possible. Sunlight can also encourage knots to 'bleed' so, no matter what precautions are taken to discourage this with specially prepared base coats and paint ingredients, this can still happen over time. The only remedy would be to sand down and repaint.
Hand painted items should be waxed with transparent paste wax every six months or more frequently for high traffic areas. Annie Sloan clear Soft Wax is a highly regarded make to use for furniture protection. It prolongs the durability of the painted finish.
Oak with oiled surface should be re-oiled about twice a year to nourish the wood and enhance the colour. Tung or Danish oils can be used. Simply apply with a soft cloth and wipe off the excess.
Lacquered furniture can be wiped with a damp cloth for cleaning and furniture polish can be applied to deepen the shine and protect the surface.
Waxed furniture can be cleaned with a slightly damp cloth. Don't use any cleaning chemicals. The wax should be applied every six months to nourish and protect. Fiddes Stripped Pine paste wax is recommended for our light stain pine furniture. Fiddes Rugger Brown can be used on dark stain pine to protect and restore the colour.
Scratches can be made less obvious by staining the lighter wood showing through and rewaxing. Varnished and French polished pieces should be restored by a professional.
It is a good idea to use coasters and placemats for food and drink. Mop up any spills as soon as possible.
Do not let liquids lie on any wooden furniture. Lacquered or varnished items will get white marks. Surfaces can swell and paint will start to lift.
With simple precautions and care, well made wooden furniture should last you a lifetime. We are proud of our English made bespoke furniture.