Solid Wood Furniture Information
SOLID WOOD COLOUR INFORMATION
It is virtually impossible to accurately portray the actual colour of natural wood products or upholstery fabric in a web picture, due to differing screen resolutions and natural variations from batch to batch. With regards to our wood furniture, we endeavour to give the best portrayal of colour, but we cannot accept colour or shade differences as evidence of defects.
As a general rule, dark items may look lighter in reality, and light items may look darker in reality. A close match is more likely if two or more items are purchased at the same time because they will come from the same batch. We highly recommend that you contact us to request a wood sample prior to purchasing if an exact colour match is required.
Care of Solid Wood Furniture
Quality wood furnishings are an investment that you expect to last a life time. To maintain its natural beauty and protect your investment, wood furniture needs the right care. Wood furniture is coated with a plasticized film that's referred to as finish. Besides enriching the grain and adding lustre to solid wood furniture, the finish seals and protects the wood from moisture, dirt and regular use. These finishes are diverse and vary from simple nitrocellulose lacquers to more complex polyester resins. All modern wood furniture finishes are long lasting and provide the protection your furniture needs. Wood expands and contracts with the variations in temperature and humidity. Expect each piece of solid wood furniture to react differently depending on the type or species of wood used. Laminated woods and veneers are more stable than solid wood planks.
There are some simple things you can do to protect your furniture during everyday use. Following some of these tips can extend the life of the finish and the furniture itself:
- Tablecloths and table pads provide the most protection from UV (ultra-violet) light, which causes the finish to fade and deteriorate and may even bleach the wood.
- Always use a protective pad when writing with a ballpoint pen on the furniture surface. Placing your furniture away from windows or blocking direct sunlight will help to protect your furniture from the damaging UV rays.
- Tinting your windows is another consideration and sometimes even recommended to help protect fine furniture from UV damage.
- Felt will protect your tabletops from scratches when used on the bottom of lamps, vases and other accessories.
- Always lift items from a tabletop, avoid sliding items across a table top as this can abrade and scratch the finish and in extreme cases, the wood surface below.
- Never place burning candles on a finished wood surface. As the candle burns down and the wax melts, it can generate and transfer enough heat to damage the finish and wooden surface.
- Avoid using household solvent-based products such as fingernail polish and polish removers around an unprotected finished surface. In case of spills, blot the spill immediately, do not wipe as this will spread the spill and may cause further damage. If the surface has not been damaged, clean and polish the tabletop.