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Care and Maintenance of Wood Surfaces

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One of the great advantages of purchasing handmade solid wood products is their long-lasting beauty and ease of care and repair. I select very hard woods that are naturally resilient and resistant to damage and our finishing process utilizes top of the line hard wax oils that are designed to enhance the natural toughness of wood by penetrating and saturating to resist moisture while forming a top layer to resist abrasions and heat. This will help keep your wood products looking stunning for years to come but all heavily used surfaces are going to inevitably get scrapes and scratches. There are some simple steps you can take to care for your products to keep them looking flawless for longer.

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1. On tabletops, be sure to use coasters, placemats, tablecloths and potholders. If there is a spill, don’t let it sit, wipe it up promptly to prevent absorption.

2. Wiping down soiled surfaces with a damp cloth and warm soapy water is your best bet. You will never need harsh chemicals or abrasives on your wood products.

3. Dusting regularly with a dry micro-fiber cloth will remove most of the sources of micro-scratches and scrapes.

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4. Keep your wood products out of direct sunlight to avoid damaging UV rays.

5. Be sure to avoid direct heat, such as setting your coffee table directly over a heating vent.

6. Finally, I like to use an all-natural maintenance oil once a year to enhance the sheen and re-saturate the wood. This is a simple process that takes just a few minutes but will provide an extra layer of protection and keep your wood surfaces looking their best for years to come.

In the unfortunate circumstance of a deep scratch or gouge, don’t despair. Wood is very forgiving, reach out to me and I would be glad to help walk you through some of the options for repair.

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