How to make your hardwood furniture last
Caring for hardwood furniture
Quality hardwood furniture is an investment that can easily last a lifetime and beyond with the right care. It's surprisingly easy to look after and a small amount of care will extend your furniture's life considerably.
Take a look at the information below for hints and tips on how to keep your furniture looking its best.
Furniture wax polish
Did you know that almost half the weight of freshly sawn wood is water? At Oak Furniture Land, all timbers undergo a meticulous kiln drying process to carefully reduce this moisture content, leaving just enough so that it can properly acclimate to the relative humidity in your home.
One of the best ways to help your furniture acclimate is to treat it immediately with our specially formulated wax polish, and to continue treating it at three month intervals. Doing so will protect and nourish the timbers; creating a long-lasting, protective seal. Our wax polish is available in two carefully selected shades, which are specifically blended for oak and mango wood, plus a clear option which can be used on either wood type. For more information, click here.
Do not use household cleaning products, solvents or cleaners intended for materials other than hardwood furniture as they are liable to damage the finish.
Please note that failure to treat your hardwood furniture as instructed could result in drying and splitting, and the invalidation of your warranty.
Solid hardwood furniture
The appeal of solid hardwood furniture is that each piece is unique in terms of colour, natural marks and grain patterns and workmanship. Consequently, you may notice some differences between items from the same range; any such differences are considered an integral part of this totally natural product.
Due to the very nature of solid hardwood furniture, all ranges will feature varying degrees of distressing from piece to piece; this may include wood splits, filling, knots, distress marks, antiquing etc. As above, such features are considered integral to the 'traditional' charm of solid hardwood furniture. To complement these unique qualities, some of our ranges are crafted to have a 'distressed' or 'rustic' styling. This is very much intended by our skilled craftsman and makes each piece totally unique with a 'lived in' appearance.
Caring for leather furniture
Leather is a natural product with many highly desirable characteristics - it's stylish, comfortable and exceptionally durable. With the right care, your new leather upholstery will retain its natural beauty for many years to come.
The best way to look after your leather products is with our all-inclusive leather care kit. Formulated to clean and protect without damaging the finish, the kit covers each key stage in leather care: cleaning, conditioning and protection. We recommend you treat your leather upholstery immediately on delivery, prior to use, and every few months thereafter. Do not use household cleaning products, solvents or cleaners intended for materials other than leather as they are liable to spoil the finish. Protect your leather furniture from strong sunlight and excessive heat such as radiators.
Although every effort is made to achieve uniformity, no two hides are the same, and you may see variations in shade and texture of the grain between products. Natural markings such as healed scars, wrinkling, stretch marks and veining may also be present; these are considered an integral part of the leather and should not be viewed as faults. All these features add to the natural beauty of the leather and show it is the real thing.
Felt floor pads are a great way to protect your flooring from potential scratches and gouges. They're easy to apply and available in various sizes - choose from our pack of twenty four 25mm pads or the four larger 70mm pads which you can cut down to size.
Caring for your mattress
Extend the life of your new mattress with the following tips and recommendations.
Within a few weeks of using your new mattress you may notice a small depression in the area where you sleep. This is known as 'settlement' and is caused by the mattress fillings directly beneath you being compressed. It's perfectly normal and occurs in all mattresses, although mattresses with comfort layers of memory foam, reflex or other high density foams and latex are less susceptible to it.
To even out the wear of your mattress, it is important to turn and rotate your mattress regularly. During the first six months of use, we recommend that you turn the mattress every few weeks and then monthly thereafter. To ensure even settlement, you should alternate consistently between turning the mattress over and simply rotating it from top to tail.
When turning or rotating your mattress, make sure you do not bend, roll or fold it as this could distort the structure of the pocket spring unit.
If your mattress has a layer of memory foam on one side, you should simply rotate your mattress rather than turning it over. Because it has a layer of memory foam, it will be less susceptible to settlement, so you should not be worried that it cannot be turned.
Please be aware that persistent localised pressure (i.e. repeatedly sitting on the edge of the mattresses) can cause serious damage to the springs. Damage can also occur to the springs if the mattress is subjected to excessive wear and tear (i.e. jumping on it). Please note that misuse of the mattress in this way will invalidate the guarantee.
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