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Wood Care

Proper Care For Your Fine Wood Furniture

Congratulations on your purchase of quality built solid wood furniture. One of the many words you may use to describe your new wood furniture is “Beautiful”. You can ensure your investment in your furniture will live up to this claim through proper care. Your new furniture is a reflection of your good taste. Take the same care in maintaining its beauty as you took in selecting your piece.


Carefully consider where to place your new furniture. Avoid setting it directly in front of radiators, heating vents or wood burning stoves as dry air can cause it to dry out and crack.

If the humidity moves out of the ideal range, solid wood furniture can expand or contract, causing splits in the grain pattern and joints of the wood panels. These symptoms are the result of an uncontrolled environment and are not considered to be defective. If the environment is not controlled these conditions should be appreciated as an inherent characteristic of solid wood. Due to woods “open grain”, they tend to expand and or contract in relationship to their environment. Indoor humidity levels in the range of 35%-45% will minimize gapping, such as, at the center or the ends of table leaves. Seasonal gapping or minor cracks in the grain pattern of solid wood are considered a normal occurrence and should not be assumed to be a defect of materials or workmanship.

Simply dust the furniture with a soft cloth while following the grain pattern. Periodically clean with a mild, non-alkaline soap and water using a soft cloth or sponge. Dry immediately with a soft cloth and lightly buff the wood grain. Avoid nail polish remover, alcohol or other solvents. A high quality furniture polish may be used occasionally, but do not use polishes that contain silicones.

Store extra table leaves in or close to the table to maintain consistent environmental conditions (not in a damp basement or a dry attic). Our companies strive to bring out the natural beauty and character of each piece of wood. These characteristics give each piece it’s unique charm. With proper care, solid wood furniture will provide a lifetime of enjoyment and can be passed down to future generations to come.

We truly hope that you and your family enjoy your purchase of quality built, solid wood furniture for many years to come.

It’s a pleasure serving you, our valued customers.

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