Maintenance TipsWood

Follow our wood care tips to preserve the natural beauty of your furniture.

What should I know about wood?

Wood grain patterns are part of what gives wood furniture its natural beauty. It is also the element of wood furniture that varies the most. Many factors can influence the wood grain, from the type of wood species to the cut of wood, even if the wood is taken from the same tree.

There is also a difference in grain pattern between solid wood and veneer. Veneer is a thin layer of wood that can be applied to create a pattern, and is often found on tabletops. Solid wood pieces are frequently used as legs or in the construction of the frame of a piece. Today, very few pieces are made from solid wood since veneer shows more wood grain, and has been engineered to be resistant to normal wear and tear.

Even when the same stain is used, a solid piece of wood and veneer will not be the exact same colour since they do not absorb the stain in the same fashion. This is a normal occurrence and is considered part of the beauty of furniture made from real wood.

Wood reacts to the level of humidity in the air and expands and contracts slightly as a result. This is why small gaps may occur in the center of table leaves in the winter. It is not a cause for concern.

How can I keep wood beautiful?

It is recommended not to put objects on a new piece of wood furniture such as mats and vases. During the first months, wood adapts to its new environment and changes colour. There is the potential for the covered areas to remain appreciably paler and to retain this mark.

You should never place a hot dish, pot or casserole on a wood surface. Also note that a glass with ice in it may leave a ring, but it will disappear after a while.

Avoid wetting the wood thoroughly, even to clean it. Water dries and scales the coatings. In the event of an accident, dry it immediately. Like water, heat damages finished pieces of furniture. Excessive dampness, dryness, heat or cold can damage the wood. Direct sunlight will dry out and bleach fine wood surfaces.

Do not rub your piece of furniture for too long or too hard; you could damage the uniformity of the finish. Always rub in the direction of the grain of the wood. Do not use steel wool or sponges to scour: the rags used must always be soft.

You should never wet a piece of wood furniture either with water, or with a cleaning product. A slightly wet cleaning rag is fine. You should not use acetone or cellulose thinner as a maintenance product. You should not clean a piece of furniture with abrasive products, scouring sponges or steel wools. Polish the furniture only once or twice a year. You should use a wool rag on waxed wood, a silk rag on varnished wood, and a cotton rag on painted and smooth surfaces.

To keep your wood furniture beautiful, clean with a damp cloth on a regular basis. Wipe up spills as soon as they occur. In order to keep your wood moisturized, use a professional wood polish three to four times a year. Mobilia wood cream can be used on all wood products purchased at our stores.

Wood oils can cause a wax finish to become gummy and they often do not fully penetrate because of modern wood sealers, which are applied as part of the finishing process. If you are using a cleaner/moisturizer for the first time, test it on a small hidden area to ensure that it is compatible with the wood in your home.