Care Advice For Your Furniture

Thank you for choosing a Natural Furnishing product. We pride ourselves on the quality of our products and it is now important for you to take some time to maintain the finish. Your furniture has been finished in an easy to maintain hard lacquer for general protection; so as to ensure your furniture lasts a lifetime we recommend to simply wipe over with a damp cloth. We recommend that once a month you apply good quality beeswax or oil depending on your finish to keep the furniture well nourished and safeguard against shrinkage. Rub in and buff to a shine. For any stubborn greasy marks a little mild detergent in the water can be used. Dry off with a clean cloth. Do not use silicone based furniture polishes.

It is recommended that felt pads be applied to the undersides of furniture placed on wooden, stone or marble flooring. These pads can be purchased from any good hard wear store and will prevent marking or scratches on your flooring. When moving dining tables always remember that two people should lift them and they should never be dragged otherwise damage may be caused to the wood and fixings.

We believe that every piece of furniture from Natural Furnishing is unique and individual. Therefore, it is important you are aware that they may feature some variations in the colour, texture and/or grain, which may serve to add character and charm.

Cracks In The Wood

Wood is naturally hygroscopic, meaning that its moisture content varies depending on local humidity levels. Although our furniture has been naturally and kiln dried, humidity changes may result in some cracking or movement. Depending on what type of wood your piece of furniture has been made out of please do not be alarmed if some cracks or gaps appear. This is a completely normal response to the furniture's environment.

Heat

It is not advisable to position your furniture near to a direct heat source, such as a radiator. Please try to place your furniture at least one metre away from a direct heat source. Avoid placing hot objects on your furniture and always use coasters/mats for warm food & drinks.

Dusting

Dust your furniture regularly with a clean dry duster.

Spillages

If you spill anything on the surface of your furniture, ensure you clean it up as soon as you can using a 'blotting' action.

Abrasive Cleaning Products & Household Furniture Sprays

Never use abrasive cleaning products or furniture sprays on or near your furniture as they may damage the finish.

Direct Sunlight

Try not to leave your furniture in direct sunlight as this may cause the furniture to become dehydrated and/or fade.

Placing Objects On Furniture

To prevent minor marks and scratches, care should be taken when placing objects on top of the furniture.

Seat Cushions

The canvas cushions used on our indoor/outdoor chairs, stools and benches can be removed and laundered or dry cleaned. If laundering, use the lowest possible temperature (no higher than 30 degrees Celsius) using a gentle detergent. As the piped border can shrink unevenly, you will need to pull the covers into shape as they dry, then iron the reverse sides at a low temperature. Treatment with a fabric protector will keep the seats clean for longer and resist stains.

Cane & Rattan

Regular, gently cleaning of rattan furniture is essential for its lasting durability. Rattan is among the oldest natural furniture material in use today. Unlike bamboo, which is bow, rattan is a solid timber vine that grows in the forest of Indonesia.

So to clean rattan, add a small amount of detergent in to a bowl of warm water, then dip a soft-bristled brush in to the solution and carefully work over the piece. The piece should then be dried off with a soft cotton cloth. If a piece is particularly dirty or dusty, vacuum over it first then clean with a brush. While you are cleaning, check over the piece for any breaks or loose pieces. If they are minor, they can be repaired using wood glue. After cleaning, allow furniture to dry completely. The biggest enemy of cane and rattan is dehydration. To avoid this, simply mist the panels with plain water from a spray bottle about once a month, being careful not to over-wet the item. If the surrounding wood gets splashed, wipe it dry with a soft cloth. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, which can also dry out and fade the fibers.