PROTECTING & PRESERVING YOUR WOOD FURNITURE
Living Woodwork strives and takes pride in crafting high quality hand made furniture and products. We consider our work to be an investment that should stand the test of time. Please follow the instructions below to ensure that your furniture will provide a lifetime of service and enjoyment to your family
KILN DRIED AND AIR DRIED WOOD
All furniture pieces are constructed from real trees and solid slabs of wood that have been dried to 8-12% moisture content. This all helps reduce the amount of warping and bowing that they may experience throughout the changing seasons.
CARE FOR YOUR SOLID WOOD FURNITURE
All of our items are thoughtfully made for easy care and built to last a lifetime. Unless otherwise requested for a custom piece, our designs are brushed or sprayed with a Matte Lacquer.
To care for your wood furniture, take a “less is more” approach. For regular cleaning a damp cloth is best. Add a little mild soap if necessary, but do not saturate the piece with moisture. Over use of window cleaning products such as Windex or common kitchen counter sprays will remove the shine and soften the finish over time.
Please do not apply any other type of product yourself to the furniture surface, it may not bind and will void your warranty.
NATURAL WOOD FURNITURE REQUIRES PROPER HUMIDITY LEVELS
Solid wood adjusts throughout the year to the moisture content of the air. As the weather changes, so does the relative humidity in your home and in the moisture content of the wood in your furniture. This means that furniture expands and contracts slightly. The action of changing relative humidity will cause some small cracks, open joints and warping to develop, it is a natural reaction. Keeping proper and consistent moisture control is important, please follow the advice below.
Wood does best in moderate conditions, without extreme fluctuations in temperature and a relative humidity of about 40-55%.
Your furniture piece can be safely cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth. Clean up any large liquid spills right away to prevent damage. You do not need to use placemats or coasters for regular table or glass ware for mealtimes. However, we advise against leaving glasses or vases filled with liquid on a table top for a prolonged period as the liquid can cause condensation and possibly a ring under the glassware.
Furniture ages more quickly if stored in a basement, attic, garage or warehouse.
Wood does not like extreme and sudden changes in temperature and humidity, such as turning off air conditioning in the middle of a hot summer and leaving your home for a week, or turning the heat way down in the middle of winter if you go away. Try to change temperature and humidity levels gradually in your home. If you are leaving your home for a few days or more, it’s best to maintain the temperature and humidity levels in your home as they were.
Place furniture away from all heat sources, such as radiators, heat runs or fireplaces, if possible.
Try to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. When this is not possible, reduce the amount of light streaming on any piece of furniture.
Use trivets to hold hot objects on the table top to protect the wood.