How To Maintain & Care For Your Reclaimed Wood Furniture
Care & Maintenance Instructions
We use reclaimed wood not only because it is a sustainable material, but reclaimed wood has extraordinary patinas, grains, character marks and colors. Small nail holes, cracks, splits and old joints give testament to this rich history. Our products have a simple natural finish applied to keep the product looking and feeling as natural as possible. Any spills, stains, little nicks and scratches do blend in and add to the overall character of the wood, especially the case with dining room or kitchen tables. There are simple things you can do to keep your reclaimed wood furniture looking great year after year.
Regular dusting with a soft cloth is recommended. A slightly damp lint-free microfiber cloth can be used to wipe down the reclaimed wood furniture. Make sure the cloth is consistently turned in on itself to make sure dirt is removed not just moved around.
Avoid the use of furniture polish because it leads to a buildup of residue that attracts dust. The furniture will have shallow cracks into which crumbs can fall. Simply using a brush (small paintbrush works best) to extract the crumbs can easily solve this problem.
Each piece is unique since it is made by reclaimed lumber. Expect variations from photos and within complete package. Any variation or defect is acceptable with reclaimed lumber if the product is structurally stable. These are examples of character marks that can appear in reclaimed lumber: mineral staining, color changes, species changes, weathering, discoloration and staining, rough-sawn, cracking, nail holes, loose knots, tool marks, dents, thickness variations, splitting, and mixed grain patterns. If a customer has specific standards for items such as color or texture of wood, those standards need to be very clearly put in writing in advance.
Prevent Heat Spots
Even though reclaimed wood is remarkably heat resistant, hot plates and pans from the oven should have heat pads or trivets underneath as protection to prevent heat spots.
Reclaimed wood furniture should be kept a safe distance from direct heat sources such as fireplaces, heaters, radiators or other high heat sources as the wood can dry out and cause cracks. A temperate and stable environment is best.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Strong constant sunshine can sometimes change the color of wood from original soft, honey browns to more of a sliver grey color pallet. If you would like to prevent this, simply use curtains or blinds to regulate sun exposure.
Prevent Water Stains
Immediately wipe the entire surface of the furniture equally with a wet cloth(including dry areas). Next, use a dry cloth over the entire surface to absorb water. Use coasters or placemats underneath drinking glasses or coffee cups to prevent water rings from forming.