All you need to know about caring for wood

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Solid wood furniture is a gift that can last forever, but just like anything you want to stand the test of time, you need to maintain it.

But how exactly do you keep it looking brand new? Our friends at Ethnicraft have done a fantastic job at creating timeless pieces and timeless ways to take care of them.

how to properly care for wood furniture

General Care Instructions:

  • Don’t place wood furniture in extreme conditions – no noreasters, not near heaters or air-conditioners.
  • Like any natural material, oak will darken slightly as time goes by.
  • Teak and walnut will fade slightly in direct sunlight – so don’t place your furniture in unrelenting sun and move any objects placed on the furniture from time to time to prevent color differences.
  • Always use placemats and coasters for both hot and cold to prevent marks.

For those shy or new to cleaning different types of wood, consider this your holy grail:

For Ethnicraft wood, teak, oak, whatever it may – the rules are pretty simple.

For cleaning, use a slightly damp sponge or cloth with a mild solution of water and natural soap (no detergent). Always work in the direction of the wood grain.

Frequent cleaning with a natural soap solution will gradually build up a protective layer: as the wood absorbs the soap, it will become more stain repellant – score.

For general watermarks, simply wipe it off using a damp cloth or sponge, and once the moisture evaporates the mark will be gone!

For unfinished wood, if you really want to take the extra step for protection, give your furniture a protective coating with a hard wax oil. This will seal the pores of the timber, but only so the piece is stain-repellant, not stain-resistant.

Points to note for each Ethnicraft Wood type:

Unfinished but has a high density so stains stay on the surface and don’t penetrate into the wood easily.
Finished with a hardwax oil as a protective coating.
Tinted first with a colored oil and finished with a natural oil.

Proceed with caution if you have any oak or walnut that is not finished, either from a DIY project or a confident furniture maker, stains will penetrate the wood very easily!

We hope we helped you solve a wood dilemma, and if not, bookmark this for your next piece. And if you’ve run into a mess that you just can’t solve, you know where to find us.

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