don't be mistaken: it's a living thing!
It is essential to realize that wood is a natural material with its own characteristics. Variations in wood grain, color, knots and other naturally occurring characteristics are inherent to solid wood. We believe that these imperfections will only contribute to the charm of your table. As wood is a natural product, it will react to influences from its environment.
We want you to know this: it is perfectly possible and perfectly normal that your table changes over time. Because wood is a living product, you should however take in mind some precautions to ensure it will last as long as it is meant to do.
Oak is a beautiful and strong type of wood with a lovely natural grain. However, as most wood types, oak absorbs and releases humidity throughout the years. Constant changes in temperature and humidity create internal tension and can cause wood to start moving. This can, among other things, bend the wood or lead to cracks.
Ideally, the humidity in the room should be between 40 and 60%. We would also strongly suggest avoiding exposure to extreme temperatures or temperature fluctuations. Using placemats to prevent hot pots, pans and cold glasses or bottles from leaving marks on the furniture is an excellent idea.
Like any natural material, the colour of oak wood will change slightly over time. Exposure to direct sunlight can fasten this process. To prevent colour differences, it’s suggested to move objects placed on the furniture from time to time.
Our oak furniture is either oiled or varnished. Depending on the finish, you’ll need to consider other recommendations for the maintenance of your table.
How to maintain your oiled oak table?
Our oak tables have a pigmented oil finish which forms a natural coating, repelling most common substances and fluids. Nevertheless, it’s no foolproof guarantee against stains. We recommend removing any spilling immediately to prevent staining.
- For daily care: Use a moist towel or sponge with a mild solution of water and natural, non-aggressive soap. Make sure your towel or sponge is not too wet!
- For a quick facelift: When the wood starts to feel dry or is stained, we recommend using an oil or liquid wax cleaner for periodic maintenance of wooden floors. Do not use this product daily. Oil and liquid wax cleaner are no guarantee against stains, but they often do the trick and it surely doesn’t hurt to try!
- For stubborn stains & repairs: Through time and depending on wear, the original hardwax coating on the furniture may need to be renewed. Make sure the surface is clean and dry. Then sand the furniture using extra fine sand paper (minimum 320 grit) and work in the direction of the wood grain. Next, apply a new hardwax oil. These products can be purchased at a flooring specialist.
How to maintain your varnished oak table?
Our varnished tables are finished with a water-based lacquer for the protection of the wood and has a good chemical and mechanical resistance.
Regular cleaning with a mild solution of water and natural soap will do the trick!
Please do not sand varnished furniture, as this will damage the protective layer and will thus affect the water and dirt resistance of your furniture.