Naturally Timber furniture can retain its stunning looks and strength for many years with regular care and attention. Here are some simple tips to help you to enjoy your beautiful timber furniture long into the future:
Where furniture is placed in a room can affect its longevity. The best locations are dry and not subject to extremes of temperature and high humidity.
- Water can severely damage timber’s appearance and structure, so avoid it at all costs. Even minor moisture can make wood furniture deteriorate over time, and can lead to unsightly mould growth on the timber and upholstery.
- Avoid direct sunlight wherever possible, because it can dry the timber and fade the finish coat.
- Avoid high and fluctuating temperatures near fireplaces, electric and gas heaters, air-conditioners and other interior heat sources. Extreme temperature differences can make wood warp as it changes size, leading to splitting and instability.
- Ensure that the floor is even so that it supports the furniture equally on each corner. Leaning furniture can stress the joints, weakening them over time. If you’re in doubt about the evenness of the floor, use a spirit level to check before placing furniture on it.
Timber furniture has a beautiful natural appearance, and the lacquer finish offers a certain amount of protection from everyday use, however it can’t withstand severe treatment.
- Sharp edges and abrasive and uneven surfaces can scratch or leave unsightly marks on timber. Even objects that don’t cause damage when placed on timber can leave blemishes if they’re accidentally knocked or slid along the surface.
- Hot items, such as cups of coffee, tea, etc., food serving dishes and even hot pizza boxes can leave permanent blemishes.
- Protect the surface with coasters, place mats, tablecloths and other covers that resist heat transfer from hot items.
Timber furniture is generally easy to maintain, which adds to its appeal.
- Dust regularly with a feather duster, treated or lint-free cloth, lambs wool duster or towelling.
- Avoid covering timber furniture for long periods, as the cover material may hold in moisture that can lead to warping and wood rot.
- An application of beeswax every three – four months will help to prevent the timber from warping and splitting. It will also nourish the timber, bringing out its natural beauty.
- Vacuum and sweep carefully near the legs, edges and low decorative components. Hardwood has natural strength, but knocks from a vacuum cleaner or broom can scratch and dent the surface.
- Only use cleaning products made specifically for hardwoods, and never use water or harsh all-purpose cleaners.
Naturally Timber furniture has a water-resistant lacquer finish that helps to prevent moisture from penetrating the wood, but it can’t protect against large spills. If moisture penetrates the lacquer, it’s likely to seep inside the timber and make it warp, blister and swell. This is not only unsightly, but it also affects the timber’s strength.
Use a soft cloth to clean up spills as quickly as possible to avoid damaging the finish. Blot up the liquid rather than wiping, which spreads it further. Liquids that can damage wood should never be placed on or around timber furniture. They include:
- nail polish;
- acetone (eg. nail polish remover);
- methylated spirit;
- marker pen ink;
- fragrant oils;
- glue; and
- general cleaning products, especially those containing silicone.
Timber furniture should be stored in a dry place without extremes of temperature. In most parts of Australia, a climate-controlled storage unit is better than a garage or shed. Don’t stack objects with sharp or abrasive surfaces on timber furniture. Sharp edges and corners can make scratches, and rough surfaces can cause abrasions, necessitating expensive repairs.
The storage area should be free of timber-unfriendly insects and animals, such as termites, carpenter ants and rodents.
With care and regular attention, your Naturally Timber furniture will stay beautiful and luxurious for a long time. Be kind to it, and it will love you back many times over!