We use different finishes on timber depending on the design. Please check the design info to see which finish is specified.
Hard Wax Oil ; The first finish is a hard wearing satin or matt wax oil which has been chosen because it gives a natural appearance to the timber, with some texture of the grain still evident to the touch. It is an easy finish to maintain and will look wonderful for many years. To maintain the appearance of your oiled furniture we recommend that spills are wiped up with a dry cloth and wet objects are not left sitting on the surface. To revitalise the surface you can gently sand it using a fine sandpaper (320 grit), always sand with the grain direction and not across the grain. Next vacumn away the dust and apply a light coat of hard wax oil such as Fiddes Hard Wax Oil and wipe the excess oil of with a clean soft lint free cloth. If the marks are deep or a stain has penetrated the surface, start by sanding out the stain with 120 grit sand paper followed by a finer grit, such as 220 grit then finally 320 grit. Repeat the oiling process using a soft cloth concentrating on the newly sanded area, allow to dry for four hours before very lightly denibbing the surface with 320 grit and reapplying a second coat of oil and blend into the surrounding area.
Lacquer: The second type of finish that we use are lacquers which seal the wood. The lacquer mainly sits on the surface and is not absorbed as far into the timber. The grain is still noticeable but the amount of grain and texture varies depending on the type of hardwood used. This finish is hardwearing and more water and mark resistant than the hard wax oil.
To maintain your furniture, simply wipe with a slightly damp cloth and then remove moisture with a dry cloth, we do not advocate using furniture sprays as they may contain silicon.
The painted surfaces are coated in state of the art waterbourne lacquer/paint. This is currently the most environmental way of spraying paint and eliminates nasty chemicals and does not smell. We apply two coats of high build primer to all surfaces and edges are given special attention. The primer is then sanded flat by hand in the traditional way and we then apply three coats of top coat lacquer / paint to the flat surfaces, with the edges getting sprayed three times in the process and therefore receiving six coats.
To maintain, use a clean cloth run under water and well wrung out. Simply wipe surfaces and then use a dry soft cloth to wipe off any moisture. Do not use scourers and other abrasive cleaners.
Avoid using chemical polishes or soap. Simply wipe with a damp cloth using a mild detergent such as washing up liquid and buff with a clean dry cloth.
If you would like any further information on how to maintain your furniture then please phone or email us and we will be pleased to talk through the best ways of acheiving this.
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