Care Instructions for Wooden Furniture

Instructions for All Wood Furniture:

  • Moisture and heat can damage any wood finish. Protect your furniture by using coasters and trivets. Always wipe up moisture promptly and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid dragging sharp or rough objects across the surface of your wood furniture. Use adhesive felt pads, trivets, coasters and placemats to help prevent scratches.
  • Avoid direct contact with rubber bumpers and candle wax as it may react with the wood’s finish and leave a stain.
  • Wood will expand and contract with seasonal humidity changes. Maintain consistent humidity levels to minimize movement in the wood and prevent warping/cracking.
  • Over time, air and sunlight will change the color of natural wood. Occasionally rotate the items placed on your wood furniture to allow a more uniform color to develop. Expose table leaves to the same amount of air and sunlight as your table.
  • Care for your wood furniture according to its finish.

Lacquer, Paint or Stain

  • Lacquered, painted or stained wood is susceptible to scratches. Use adhesive felt pads, trivets, coasters and placemats to protect your furniture.
  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • For persistent spots, gently clean with a soft cloth and a solution of water and mild detergent. Wipe dry.
  • Do not use cleaning products containing ammonia, alcohol or petroleum.
  • Oil your furniture daily for the first week, then weekly for the next month, and thereafter once a month.
  • Avoid furniture polish as it can accumulate over time and leave a residue.

Oil-and-Wax or Oiled

  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Treat your furniture with Woodoc Furniture Wax or Oil monthly, or more often, if the wood seems dry.
  • Apply Woodoc Furniture Wax or Oil with a clean, white cloth following the direction of the grain pattern. Take care to treat the exposed end grain of panels. Using another cloth, buff to remove excess wax and achieve a smooth finish.

Raw wood and Reclaimed Teak

  • Use a slightly damp cloth to clean as needed. Wipe dry.
  • For persistent spots, gently clean with a soft cloth and a solution of water and mild detergent. Wipe dry.
  • Raw wood will dry out and with the change in seasonal humidity, there will be movement of the wood. Some cracking and warping may occur. To prevent this, wood can be oiled. Oiling should be daily for the first week. Weekly for the month thereafter, and then on a monthly basis.
  • Scratches, burns, residue and other surface damage can be removed with fine-grit sandpaper. Reapply oil after sanding.