maintenance

Your solid wood furniture is already oiled with a special hard wax oil combination upon delivery and is intended for immediate use.
In order to maintain a high level of resistance to dirt, moisture and temperature fluctuations, we have put together a few points on how to handle and care for solid wood furniture.

The raw material solid wood:

Only German wood from controlled cultivation is used to manufacture our high-quality solid oak furniture. We attach importance to the fact that our wood is deposited in the air for at least 2 years before processing so that only the residual moisture has to be removed from the wood during the subsequent kiln drying. This approach has the great advantage that our wood is much less prone to cracking and deformation than wood that is cut open and kiln dried directly after felling. Nevertheless, solid wood is a living material that changes even after processing. Small cracks in solid wood are natural and do not constitute grounds for complaint. They do not affect the stability and service life of your table in any way.
Solid oak wood is characterized primarily by its robustness and easy maintenance. If you follow the most important care instructions, your piece of furniture will shine like it did on the day of delivery even after several decades.

The optimal place for your furniture:

In general, a very warm, dry room climate increases the tendency for changes in your solid wood panel, such as hairline cracks, bulges and dry cracks.
In particular, underfloor heating, fireplace stoves and direct sunlight are rather unfavorable factors. People and solid wood feel most comfortable when the humidity is between 50 and 60 percent.
If the air humidity is low, the panel should be re-oiled every 4 months rather than every 6 months.
In the strong winter heating season, the drought can be counteracted with the help of air humidifiers.

Cleaning solid wood furniture:

Light soiling and dust are best removed with a simple damp cotton cloth. It is important to ensure that liquids such as coffee, red wine or water should not be left on the table for several hours or overnight, as otherwise so-called white water marks can be formed around the glasses. Especially if the last oiling was a few months ago, there is a greater tendency for water spots or edges.
If it does happen that an unsightly water stain or a water edge has settled, the surface can be repaired by lightly sanding and re-oiling. The use of harsh cleaning agents should be avoided in any case, as these can impair the surface and protective effect of the oil.
In the case of grease stains, it is usually sufficient to put several layers of absorbent paper on the stain and then weight it down with a book. Since the fat usually only penetrates the surface, the paper sucks the fat out of the surface. After a few hours the stain should be gone completely.

Re-oiling – what should you watch out for?:

Regular re-oiling of your solid wood furniture is necessary so that the protective effect of the oil remains and the piece of furniture retains its matt shine. The feel of an oiled table top is more pleasant as well. The underside does not have to be re-oiled as it already has a barrier layer. Post-oiling should be done with a hard oil.

If your plate / surface is damaged, it should first be sanded out over a large area with coarse sandpaper, grain 80. After sanding with 80 grit, grind with 150, 220 grit in the direction of the grain so that the sanding marks are no longer visible later. A hand grinder saves a lot of effort and energy here. It is best to fill larger and deeper scratches with a hard wax or soft wax. When all existing damage has been sanded out and filled in, the top and the edges should be sanded with a 320 grit sandpaper in the direction of the grain of the wood.

After the surface has been sanded, the surface must be thoroughly cleaned and dusted before oiling.

Re-oiling takes place in 5 steps:

1. Apply wood oil to a lint-free cotton cloth and then rub in the direction of the grain of the wood until the surface is evenly wetted. In places where more wood oil is absorbed, you can re-oil as you like until the solid wood surface is evenly saturated.

2. Let the oil work on the surface for 20 to 30 minutes.

3. After taking effect, remove the excess oil in the direction of the fibers with a cotton cloth and after polishing, so that the surface is dry to the touch. Excess oil is not absorbed by the surface and tends to create a greasy, sticky surface. After another 30 minutes, check the surface for residues and polish if necessary.

4. Let the surface dry overnight.

5. In the best case, the surface has already reached a uniform saturation and no further oiling is necessary. However, if the wood fibers stand up in some places, which leads to a rough surface, you should sand the surface again with a 320 grit sandpaper and repeat the oiling process.

Please note that a small “cloud” is created on the surface if the table top is only locally sanded and oiled.

Attention! Cloths soaked in wood oil can catch fire! Always spread out the oil towels to dry out!

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