Oak is a robust and handsome hardwood, widely used to create distinctive home and office furniture, from period to contemporary.
The types and characteristics of oak vary widely, from the warm and rustic, to the smooth, ‘white’ varieties. Whichever type you own, by caring for it in the correct manner, you will prolong its beauty.
Our Furniture Care Tips:
- Regular, light dusting with a soft cloth will suffice most of the time.
- When necessary, use a slightly dampened cloth to remove dirt, then gently buff with a soft, dry cloth.
- Spillages should be mopped up as soon as possible, then wiped with a clean, damp cloth to remove any sticky residue, then dry with a soft cloth. You may also wish to polish the surface to restore the lustre, if needed.
- As our pieces are always finished by hand-wax and/or lacquer, it reduces the need for furniture polish, which can leave an accumulation of wax, which may dull the surface and make it sticky. Always use a quality polish and read the manufacturer’s instructions before use. Never use any product that is not specifically for hard wood.
- If you do develop a residue, there are products such as Vernax that can strip the excess wax. Once or twice a year, depending on how much use your furniture gets, you may wish to apply a quality furniture wax, such as Briwax, to restore the protection and lustre.
- Place your furniture away from sources of heat such as radiators, heating ducts, fires etc. Don’t place your furniture in direct sunlight, as this will bleach the surface. If you have ornaments or other objects placed on the surface of your furniture make sure to periodically and carefully move them into a different position to avoid discolouration in the shape of the object in the surface.
- Always use place mats and coasters, to avoid scratching, heat rings and water marks. There are products on the market that can help rectify these types of damage, should they occur. Remove house plants or table displays before watering.
- Nail polish, nail polish remover and similar products should be kept well away from your furniture, as damage from these products would require specialist repair.
- If you have an extending dining table, periodically open it out to full capacity, to allow all the wood to age at the same rate. If this is impractical, then expose the separate leaves to similar light elsewhere.
- If you’re placing furniture on a hard floor, you may wish to consider fitting felt pads to all the surfaces that come in contact with your floor, to minimise scratching.
- When moving your furniture, try to avoid dragging it along the surface. Where possible and with care, always lift the item to be re-positioned by a robust component, so that it can withstand the strain.
By following these guidelines, your furniture will continue to look wonderful for you to enjoy, for many years to come.