For it’s weight and density, wood is one of the strongest materials known to man. Wood is a natural product, therefore each piece is different and unique in depth, richness of texture, and grain patterns. Quality wood furniture provides warmth and creates a rich, elegant ambiance while providing gentle comfort. If it is properly cared for, wood actually increases in value with age and develops it’s own patina or surface appearance of softness and mellowness.
WOOD CARE and CLEANING TIPS:
Moderate to severe damage of fine wood furniture requires the assistance of a professional. For simple, everyday wear, try the following remedies:
-Keep furniture away from heating and air conditioning sources to prevent the loss of moisture in the wood.
-Keep out of direct sunlight to avoid the bleaching of the wood.
-Use felt backing on lamps, ashtrays, and accessories to prevent gouging and scratching.
-Always use coasters under hot and cold drinks.
-Always use place mats under plates and hot pads under serving dishes.
-Never set synthetics, rubber, or plastics directly on wood finishes since they may contain chemicals that will damage the finish.
-Do not place newspapers or magazines directly on wood surfaces because the ink will bleed into the finish and eventually damage the wood.
To Remove Cloudiness:
Rub all wood surfaces with a cloth dipped in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 quart of water. Rub with the grain of the wood until the surface is completely dry. Follow this procedure with the application of furniture oil or polish.
To Remove Water Rings:
Rub a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and cooking oil on the wood always remembering to rub with the grain.
To Remove Heat Marks:
Coat the area with mayonnaise and let stand for one hour, then wipe it off.
To Remove Burns:
Lightly rub the affected area with the fine steel wool. Remember to rub with the grain and rub until all the burnt material is smoothed out. Follow this procedure with the application of furniture oil or polish.
To Remove Candle Wax Drippings:
First, scrape the excess wax off gently. Then apply a warm (not hot) iron over a white cloth in order to absorb the residue. Finally, follow this with an application of furniture oil or polish.
To Remove Dents:
First, wipe the dent with warm water. Then apply a compress or paper soaked in warm water in order to swell the wood fibers. Let stand for 30 minutes and then apply a warm (not hot) iron over a white cloth to absorb the residue until the dent is gone. Finally, apply furniture oil or polish to surface.