Care Requirements of Timber Furniture

As the timber used to construct this furniture was derived from living trees it continues to react to climate changes and remains porous. Because of this, care should be taken when positioning furniture in your home.

Heating and Cooling outlets and appliances rapidly alter the humidity and temperature of a room. Furniture situated near ducts or heating panels can expand or contract. Problems can then arise from the movements of timber joins, the de-lamination of table surfaces as well as the breakdown of glues and finishes. Avoid positioning your furniture near ducts and heating panels

Direct sunlight can do enormous permanent damage to your furniture. Sunlight causes rapid changes in temperature causing the timber to lose moisture; it can bleach the timber of its colour and breakdown the lacquer and shellac finishes. Avoid positioning your furniture in direct sunlight. In normal daylight, timber stains tend to mellow and deepen with time.

Teak is a unique wood with many qualities, particularly suitable for outdoor furniture. The high weather resistance is due to the compact wood structure of the teak, full of micro capillaries conveying an oily sap. This oily liquid is water-repellent and for this reason the teak cannot get soaked with water, rot or warp as other wood can if left outdoors. When left continuously outside, the exposure to humidity and rain may cause the teak to discolour unevenly leading to the formation of silver grey patina on the surface of the teak. This process is called oxidation of the teak and only takes place on the top layer (1 to 2mm) of the teak surface. The underlying structure of the wood still remains absolutely intact, even after many years of exposure to inclement weather.

To avoid oxidation of the teak, and only when it is not combined with other materials, it can be periodically oiled. Maintenance kits are available from DOMO.

For normal cleaning, use a soft cloth (not micro fibre) soaked with water. Do not use any other solvents or acid based chemicals.

Gloss Lacquers, the surface of all high-gloss lacquer finishes is sensitive to scratches and similar agressions. Cleaning must be effected with a diluted liquid of glass cleaning product, applied without rubbing. If rubbed with an abrasive cloth, the scratches will not disappear, but may be worsened.


Helpful tips to maintaining your timber furniture:

  • Do not use chemical products containing silicon ingredients.
  • Do not leave plastic table cloths on table surfaces as it may damage the lacquer.
  • Do not put hot surfaces in direct contact with wood surface.
  • Always use a table mat or coaster.
  • Dust your piece of furniture with a dry cloth or dust remover.
  • Once a year, polish your furniture using soft beeswax or recommended furniture polish.
  • No waxing is required on satin lacquer as it is already sealed to protect the finish.
  • When moving your furniture, always lift do not drag it along the ground.

Important Notes:

  • Glass table tops are not covered by this warranty.
  • Whilst table mats and coasters will protect the table from hot plates and cups, we strongly recommend that hot items directly from an oven or microwave not be left on a coaster or mat for longer than 3 to 4 minutes. Excessive heat from such dishes may, through condensation, penetrate the table protector and damage the lacquered surface of the table.

Feel free to give us a call if you are not sure how to care for your furniture or decor item - we are here to help. We stock good quality cleaning products for both leather and timber furniture items and can point you in the right direction if you need a repair done.

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