Timber

Natural Timber

  • Because wood is a natural material, there are small differences between the products. These are not to be
  • considered faults, but a characteristic of a natural material.
  • Table tops in natural wood do not stand moist heat or alcohol. All spilt liquids must therefore be wiped off immediately. When cleaning, water should only be used in small quantities, preferably with a clean damp cloth and then subsequently wiped with a dry, clean cloth.
  • If desired, use ph-balanced liquid soap especially formulated for wood, diluted in water.
  • Avoid using acidic products, solvents and products containing ammonia.
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight as this may permanently discolour the surface.

 

Lacquered timber

  • Do not use silicon based polishes or cleaning solutions. Silicon based products will penetrate through the lacquer on the veneer.
  • The table top will naturally take on a patina within the first few weeks of use. The extent and speed at which the wood will patinate depends on the type of wood and the exposure to sunlight.
  • Make sure that nothing is placed on the table in the same position for long, as this will result in stains and discolouring.
  • Timber edges are vulnerable to impact, so use caution when relocating timber products and when placing timber products next to hard surfaces.
  • Light scratches can be removed by applying Danish Wax and adhering to manufacturer’s directions.

 

Veneer

  • Use clean water to clean timber veneer.
  • Spray Wax is recommended by the leading manufacturers of furniture and to introduce and preserve a deep, lustrous, non shine glow. Spray wax is especially formulated from the correct proportions of natural oils and waxes to clean and enrich (without harming or darkening) furniture and fittings that are made of natural timbers: teak, blackwood, walnut, mahogany and low gloss simulated timber laminates and hard surfaces. Always test the cleaning product on a small, inconspicuous area first. Remember to clean up any accidental spills of cleaning products immediately as these may stain the surface.
  • A clean, seamless, undyed, lint free cloth is to be used at all times to help maintain and preserve the product for years to come.

 

Do not :

  • Write directly on top of veneer surfaces - pen or pencil marks may show.
  • Place hot or cold objects (mugs, cups etc) directly onto surfaces as this can result in white marks forming on the lacquer
  • Use steel wool, scouring pads, powder cleansers, chemicals or highly concentrated detergents to clean products
  • Do not overload the recommended weight capacity for the item
  • Veneered tops will darken or yellow over a period of time, which may be the result of the polish ageing or the effects of direct sunlight. Therefore, do not leave an object in one place on the veneered surface for extended periods of time as the area where the object has been placed will be a different colour once the object has been moved.
  • Neither timber or polish are scratch resistant, so it is recommended to put a protective liner under any object that may scratch the surface.