Caring for your exotic hardwood furniture

 Taking Care of Your Wooden Furniture

Wooden furniture is made of naturally variable raw materials.  Differences in grain characteristics and colour among wood species are naturally occurring variations and are not within the control of the manufacturer, nor considered defects.  Natural colour changes, variations or movements in the wood, and exposure to extreme temperature changes and direct sunlight may cause colour changes and/or surface damage.

Taking care of wooden furniture goes far beyond cleaning and dusting.  Wood reacts to environmental changes, such as moisture, temperature and light.  The wood care tips below should help you to preserve your wooden furniture.


The Sun

Wood will exhibit variations in colour and tone which will change as it ages.  This is not a fault, but a natural characteristic of the material, however the Sun can have extremely detrimental effects on wood and wood finishes.  Ultraviolet rays can fade and crack a piece of furniture in a matter of a few weeks to months.  It is best to keep wood away from direct sunlight in all cases.  If this is unavoidable use blinds, curtains or UV window protection to keep the sun from shining directly on your furniture.  The furniture we supply is not recommended for areas which attract strong sunlight and heat, such as conservatories.


Temperature and Humidity

It is not unusual for wooden furniture to crack or split as the timber settles, this is completely normal.  Wood, whether finished or not, absorbs whatever its surroundings have to offer.  Dryness will shrink wood and eventually cause it to split from lack of moisture.  Too much moisture, on the other hand, can swell wood and also cause it to crack and split from stress.  As a general rule of thumb, if you are comfortable in your surroundings, your furniture should be fine.  

Ventilation outlets in your house should not have furniture in front of them or too close by.  Heating, air conditioning vents and radiators create a temperature variance that is too extreme for wooden furniture.  Place your furniture in an area that will allow the look you want, yet be safe from the sun and extreme temperature variance.



Varnish finishes from the past offered a little protection, but not a lot.  Newer finishes can offer a lot of protection against damage from cold glasses being set down with no coaster, as well as warm items like plates or coffee cups.  Nothing HOT should be placed on any finished wooden furniture.

Exposure to direct sunlight, close proximity to radiators and air vents, or other misuse will void any guarantees.  No wooden products are stain or heat resistant, although a varnish finish offers slightly greater protection.  Do not use rubber or plastic feet under anything you might place on a table, we recommend using felt pads.

Great care should be taken when using solvents such as alcohol, nail polish remover, perfume/cologne, or any toxic chemical around your wooden furniture.  Nail polish remover is nothing more than liquid paint/finish remover in a small bottle, and will remove finish in an instant.


Polishing and Cleaning

The type of finish you have will determine the method of polishing needed.  Most polishes today contain silicone as well as wax, and should be avoided.  You should dust before polishing.  Contaminants are always airborne in the home.  Dust, grease from cooking, hand lotions, etc. will always be there.  Dust first, THEN polish, so you don’t grind in those elements.

For all our furniture ranges we recommend Fiddes Supreme Wax.  It is virtually odour free, easy to apply, and provides a depth of finish that revives and protects your furniture.  Only polish once every 3 months, dusting is enough for the intervening period if spilt liquids are wiped up immediately.

No refunds will be payable for damage caused by mishandling furniture, misuse of furniture or the application of unsuitable coatings, polishes or abrasives.


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