Wooden furniture - Care and maintenance

CARE AND MAINTENANCE GUIDE - WOODEN FURNITURE

To safeguard your warranty and ensure that your item of furniture retains a beautiful appearance as well as longevity, you should follow the care and maintenance advice given below.

Wood is a natural material, and wooden furniture will always be unique. The direction of the grain and knots are part of the nature and charm of wood, and no two wooden pieces of furniture are exactly alike. The wood is in a constant process of change, which causes the volume, colours and structures of the wood to change throughout the life of any item of furniture.

It is important that you handle and treat the furniture correctly.


HUMIDITY

All wood used for furniture has been dried to ensure a low level of moisture in the wood. As a rule, solid wood and wooden furniture should be placed in rooms with a humidity level of between 40% and 60%.

The wood works more or less – depending on the humidity in its surroundings. The wood will absorb or emit moisture, depending on the ambient humidity. Large fluctuations may damage the furniture.

The wood expands during humid periods and contracts during dry periods. Repeated fluctuations can cause cracks and fissures. Wooden furniture in rooms whose windows are opened in frosty weather is particularly vulnerable.

The change in humidity means e.g. that table tops can become rough or slightly curved and small cracks may appear between the annual growth rings. This does not affect durability.

Differences in the width between the table and any additional panel may appear due to fluctuations in humidity. This difference will be evened out when optimum humidity is restored.

Obtaining a hygrometer to check humidity is recommended.


GENERAL MAINTENANCE

In general, wood should be able to breathe so that it adjusts to the humidity in the room. Never cover solid wood furniture with airtight materials, such as plastic or a wax cloth for extended periods. If the wood cannot breathe, it will crack.

Fully painted furniture surfaces, like any other painted surfaces in the home, split and crack if humidity levels change.

Colour changes are a natural occurrence in wooden furniture. The light and changes in humidity will eventually change the colour of the furniture. Items that have been left on the table for a long time may cause colour differences. The brighter the light to which the wood is exposed, the faster this process will be.

If you want to reduce changes in the wood/paint, the process can be slowed down by protecting the wood from sharp light sources and changes in humidity.

Always avoid placing hot and damp items directly onto the furniture as they may stain the wood.

Never place the furniture close to strong heat sources and air conditioners as this will cause colour changes, warping and cracking.


CLEANING

Never use strong cleaning agents as they mattify the surface and remove its protective layer, which will leave it vulnerable to dirt and grime.

Clean the furniture with a clean, dry and lint-free cloth made of cotton or other material. We do not recommend microfibre cloths.

Alternatively, cleaning can be done with a clean cloth wrung in water. After cleaning, wipe with a clean, dry lint-free cloth.


CARE

The furniture may have been left untreated or treated in different ways by the manufacturer which means that it must subsequently also be maintained using suitable care products.

Untreated furniture can be made more resistant by using a protective treatment. It can be treated with either soap or oil products, as required. Find advice from a retailer of care products.

Our naturally oiled surfaces can be treated with a neutral oil.

If your furniture has been treated with a white pigmented oil by the manufacturer, a white pigmented oil should be used.

If your table was originally oiled/coated, it is important to use a molecularly binding oil as a finish. In partnership with Rubio Monocoat, we offer an oil that meets the requirements for this next generation of oils, which both colours and protects the furniture in a single process. For tables with an oiled/coated surface, a care set is included, which should be used for maintenance as well as minor repairs. Here is a simple guide for you to follow.

Canett Furniture offers a range of the above care products. Visit www.canettfurniture.dk to find out more or contact our sales department who are always on hand to help with questions on care and maintenance.

Maintenance of oiled surfaces should be performed 2-3 times a year or more, as required. Treat the furniture for the first time 3-4 weeks after purchase.

Other surfaces, such as those with an enamel finish, should be treated a minimum of twice a year with a furniture spray wax. If in daily use, the surface should be treated more often. This will reduce dirt and help prevent the penetration of liquids.

Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions.