Care and Maintenance
Extending the life of your furniture's finish.
Standard Wood Finish
Your furniture comes with a Valspar Conversion Varnish finish, a very durable and tough type of finish. With a little care it should protect your furniture and look great for a long time to come.
The first month is critical for this varnish as it is still curing. A few precautions are necessary during this time to make sure that it cures properly:
- Avoid direct contact with anything hot and wipe up spills right away.
- Keep linens and placemats off the table when not in use.
- Use placemats or trivets under plates or vases that have rough surfaces.
Tough as this varnish is, it can be scratched even when fully cured. In many cases a thick paste wax can be rubbed in with a chamois cloth to hide the scratch. For deeper gouges, please contact us.
Dust, dirt and grime can harm the finish and should be removed when it accumulates to the point of looking dull in order to restore the finish to its original luster.
- Wipe the surface with a cloth dampened with a non-wax polish or a mild detergent solution such as dishsoap and water.
- Do not use ammonia-based or silicone-based cleaners.
- For the highest luster, we recommend Woodright Heirloom Essentials Fine Furniture Polish, and are pleased to offer it on our site. It is specially formulated to gently clean and moisturize your solid wood furniture, protecting the finish without adding a dulling wax buildup.
Oil & Wax Finish
An oil and wax finish is much more delicate than a varnish, and should be treated with great care. It is never fully "cured", but can be renewed when necessary. Do not use ammonia-based cleaners or dust cleaners, which may dull the finish.
- Clean up spills as soon as possible with a lightly moistened cloth to avoid staining or dried-on spots.
For maintenance, we recommend an additional application of oil and wax 1-2 times per year.
- You can purchase quarts of Oil & Wax finish from Eco Building Products, our preferred source.
- Buff it in with a dry, soft cloth, let dry for an hour, then wipe away the excess with a second cloth.
- Let the furniture stand unused for at least 24 hours to let the wax set properly. A PDF with additional manufacturer recommendations is available from the AFM website.