WOOD CARE & MAINTENANCE //
PRECAUTIONS, CARE AND MAINTENANCE //
Though we find each finish to be durable as well as acquiring the sheen we desire for our products, no finish is indestructible by any means and requires care and consideration to maintain it’s lifespan. You are responsible for the upkeep of your table which will last generations if properly cared for.
There are a few natural enemies for your table’s finish, with the biggest being direct sunlight. Direct exposure can cause color fading, as well as unwanted splits and/or twisting/cupping of the wood. It’s recommended that you drop your shades in direct light.
The wood has been both air dried and kiln dried to a suitable moisture content before being milled, surfaced, sanded, then sealed and final coated. When exposed to extreme high or low temperatures the wood may swell or shrink accordingly where moisture can be reintroduced or taken away. Due to the nature of materials, they may change in appearance slightly over time. Materials are prone to wood movement, expansion and contraction with temperature and seasonal changes, and can develop small cracks/inclusions or change in color slightly (with special regard to slab products). These are all common occurrences and can not be completely prevented during production, but with proper care will happen at a minimum. Regulated temperatures in the home are recommended: 60-75F and 30-60% humidity is ideal.
Slight wood movement will happen naturally with the changing of seasons to every piece of furniture you own, but with proper care it will happen at a minimum.
We also highly recommend using protective precautions when using your table for the longevity of the finish. Using coasters under glasses will prevent water/liquid "rings" from disturbing the finish. Though setting a glass atop the wood will not cause water rings to form instantly, leaving glasses for several hours or overnight can cause water stains or rings to form from precipitation on any wood finish. Placemats and hot pads will also prevent heat from compromising the finish as well.
Also please DO NOT use plastic/polycarbonate covers as this has proven to mar the finished surfaces.
CLEANING WOOD SURFACES AND UPKEEP //
Clean spills promptly, and avoid leaving liquid on the surface for prolonged amounts of time. Please stray from harmful bleaches and chemicals. First try using warm, soapy water on any spills/problem areas. You may also try a diluted solution of a non-toxic cleaner such as Simple Green, or Mrs. Meyers.
If your table was finished with the hardwax-oil finish, Osmo has recommendations for how to upkeep the finish, as well as specific products and cleaners you can purchase. Please follow suggested links below: