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Care & Maintenance

First, some words about common furniture myths…

Polishes and waxes serve a purpose, but they do not feed the wood (it’s sealed) nor the finish.

There are several reasons why a finish may appear streaky, smeary, or cloudy. While it may look like the finish itself is damaged, it can usually be resolved with a deep thorough cleaning.

Build-up can come from improper use of paste wax, oily polishes, frequent exposure to cooking and body oils, and neglect to deep clean on occasion.

Water damage will not occur from dusting with a damp cloth, but rather from standing water, moisture trapped by a glass, plant, or any other moist object left on the surface.

About Maintenance

Regular cleaning

Most of the time, all you need to use is a slightly damp cloth as you dust. You can also follow with a dry soft cloth. Occasionally, depending on how much the furniture is handled and the environment it’s in, you can use products such as Murphy’s Oil Soap or Guardsman to remove grease, wax, fingerprints, cooking oils and body oils to prevent unwanted build-up. They are designed to clean different types of dirt, so it’s good to have both on hand. I don’t recommend Pledge because it contains silicone, which can cause problems over time. Many other polishes also contain silicone, though it’s not stated on the label. Since this is a known concern, some products will state clearly that they do not use silicone.

Paste wax is another option that produces good results but it is harder to apply.  It is not recommended on matte finishes unless you want to increase the sheen. If you choose paste wax, never use an oily liquid polish over it. It will soften the wax and caused an uneven appearance. If you want to switch to a liquid polish, remove the wax with mineral spirits first.

Deep cleaning

If you already have severe build-up, you might need to use solvents such as mineral spirits or naptha. Apply liberally with a cloth rubbing with the grain, then wipe dry with a clean dry cloth. Refold cloth as it becomes soiled and repeat until no more soil appears on the dry cloth.

Here are some causes of damages that might surprise you...

  • Candles (especially red) can bleed color directly into a finish, even when they’re not lit.
  • Rubber feet on phones and answering machines can stain many finishes.
  • Scent diffusers can melt finishes, especially ones that look like this.
  • Chemicals in potpourri can damage many finishes.
  • An accumulation of body and food oils can soften a finish and cause it to wear away prematurely. This is commonly seen around door knobs, chair arms, and headboards.
  • Fallen nectar and pollen from flowers can leaves permanent stains.
  • Colored plastic wrap (like what’s used on holiday cookie trays) can bleed color directly into a finish.

Please Do...

  • Do Lift objects, rather than slide them on surface.
  • Do Apply self-sticking felt pads liberally to the bottom surfaces of all decorative items. This provides extra insurance when item #1 is not adhered to.
  • Do Use table pads, coasters, cloth or felt to protect against heat, moisture, plastic and rubber items
  • Do Clean up spills immediately.  Blot-don’t wipe.
  • Do Dust frequently with a soft cloth. A damp cloth is perfectly acceptable.
  • Do Polish as needed to prevent dirt accumulation.
  • Do Rotate accessories, especially when the finish is new. This is particularly important with Cherrywood, which naturally darkens based on exposure to daylight.
  • Do Avoid extreme temperature and humidity changes.
  • Do Exercise caution when using candles. Always place candles on large non-flammable surface, away from any combustible material.
  • Do Keep items such as nail polish/remover, perfume hairspray away from top surfaces.

Please Do Not!!!

  • Do Not Place furniture in direct sunlight to avoid fading. Close blinds or use table cloths when away for extended periods.
  • Do Not Write directly on surface. Always use some type of pad in between.
  • Do Not Place hot plates or pots directly on the surface.  Use table pads trivets, etc.
  • Do Not Place wet or moist items on the surface.
  • Do Not Place rubber items or items with rubber feet (like answering machines, phones) directly on the surface as they can create bad reactions with the finish.
  • Do Not Allow glass cleaners to contact finish. Spray cleaner on cloth and then wipe glass or mirror.
  • Do Not Polish excessively