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. With responsible upkeep and proper care of your table or other furniture item, it will last generations.
There are a few natural enemies for your table’s finish, including direct sunlight. Direct exposure can cause mild color fading over time, and in very extreme circumstances twisting/cupping of the wood that can lead to further issues. It’s recommended that during certain times of the year you drop your shades to avoid 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. This is a common occurrence called “wood movement” and expected with any wood furniture, no matter the manufacturer or finish applied. Wood movement is essentially expansion and contraction with temperature and seasonal changes in climate/humidity. Due to the nature of materials, they may change in appearance slightly over time. In rare circumstances, especially when the wood is not properly cared for or maintained, wood movement can lead to minor warping, cupping or twisting. These occurrences cannot 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 generally unnoticeable.
- We 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 (25-50% product / 75-50% water) of a non-toxic cleaner such as Simple Green, or Mrs. Meyers.
If your table was finished with the Osmo Polyx Oil hardwax-oil finish, Osmo has recommendations for how to upkeep the finish, as well as specific products and cleaners you can purchase.