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Looking after your oak furniture

 

Looking after Port Wood oak furniture is easy. Our liquid wax formulas protect the oak from accidental spillages and staining. Wipe any spillages with a damp cloth immediately to prevent staining.


Furniture polish, such as Pledge, is suitable for weekly care, but we do not recommend the use of beeswax, linseed oil or similar products. We recommend treating your piece with our liquid wax formula once every 1-2 years.

For outdoor pieces, you might want to reapply the outdoor formula twice a year. We recommend you cover your furniture if you want to retain the golden honey colour. Repeated exposure to rain and damp will turn oak silvery grey colour after a period of time. On the other hand if you want to age and weather your oak furniture, then a single good old British winter will do wonders to make your oak furniture look very rustic. Simply leave outside in the rain and in the spring, hose down with a power hose and the piece is ready for display.

If you are unsure about anything, please call us to chat or to arrange a visit to our showroom in Sussex, where you can see all different finishes before you make a decision.

 

Oak furniture and other interiors

 

Fresh and air dried oak is full of moisture and in the first two months of settling into your home, the moisture is likely to be escaping through the cross sections of your new furniture. All our oak furniture is designed with ‘breathing space’ underneath the legs to aid this process. However, if you are placing the furniture on carpets or wooden flooring, we strongly recommend that you protect these surfaces for the first couple of months with a waterproof membrane such as a piece of plastic. We are unable to accept responsibility for any damaged surfaces in your home.

 

Ageing of oak furniture


Oak is a natural material and variations occur in terms of colour tone and pattern. Each piece of oak furniture will have a different grain pattern, small cracks and imperfections, giving it a rustic, natural look and feel. Undoubtedly, oak is one of the most characterful timbers in Europe, which is why we love it so much.

The beauty of oak is in its living, breathing nature. Once in your home, the oak will continue to dry for approximately two years, until it reaches its final form. During this time, you will notice a small amount of shrinking, knots will become more defined and the oak furniture will develop small cracks and imperfections, gaining further character.
If you would like to see or feel the colour and finish for yourself, please call or email us – we’d love to send you a sample or you can even make an appointment to visit one of our showrooms in Sussex.

Oak furniture outdoors

For a comprehensive guide on how to look after your oak furniture outdoors, see our blog post here.


Looking after antler furniture

Antlers are natural products and as such really easy to look after. Simply wipe with a damp cloth and if you want to give them a shiny treat, wipe with a lint-free cloth and a dab of olive oil. Antlers are perfectly suitable for outdoor use, so if you choose to use our antler table outside, it will be fine. We do, however recommend you put it indoors during the winter. Upholstered antler furniture, pieces combining wood and antlers or antler chandeliers are not suitable for outdoor use.

Looking after crystal & glass chandeliers

The superiority of crystal is in its shine and how it reflects light in a multitude of lovely colours. To make the most of your crystal chandeliers, remove regularly any crystal removable parts and wash in hot soapy water, using a mild detergent and a soft cloth or sponge. We recommend you wear rubber gloves when you do this, to avoid any injuries.

Wipe any fixed glass parts with a lint-free cloth lightly sprayed with window cleaner and wipe any metal parts with a dry, lint-free cloth.


Looking after hides, rugs and wool products

Rugs, cow hides, sheepskins or our wool lampshades are all completely natural and as such require due care and attention. If you are using these in the way, where they are likely to get drinks spilled on them, we recommend you scotch guard them regularly.

Cow hides should be regularly shaken or vacuumed to remove dust and particles of dirt. In case of spillage, soak up the spilled liquid immediately and wipe with warm, soapy water in the direction of the hair growth. 

Sheep skins should be regularly shaken and brushed with a dog brush (ideally one for a long-haired dog) if you want to maintain fluffiness. Ivory sheep skins are sensitive to spilled drinks, however, you can wash them in warm water using a mild detergent such as soap or a specialist wool detergent. They should be laid flat to dry naturally and then re-fluffed with a brush. Avoid proximity to heating and do not tumble dry.

Wool lamp shades should be regularly dusted. You can fluff them up by hand to maintain the shape. They can also be washed by hand in lukewarm water with soap or specialist wool detergent and dried hanging up. Refluff while drying.

Wool cushions covers and throws as well as knitted poufs are dry clean only.