Cleaning/Dusting: Use a soft cloth dampened with water or mild furniture cleaner. Clean/dust frequently (once a week is recommended).

Waxes: Avoid wax-based cleaning products. They are not necessary. The wax in these products can build up, yellow the finish, and be difficult to remove.

Harsh chemicals: Never use ammonia, acetone, thinner or other harsh chemicals to clean. These may destroy or damage the finish.

Sunlight: Protect furniture from direct sunlight. Ultraviolet light can damage both the finish and the underlying wood. Objects placed atop furniture (e.g., lamps, books) should be moved occasionally. Wood ages and colors (“tans”) over time with exposure to light. “Untanned” areas eventually catch up with surrounding tones when exposed to light.

Scratches/Marks: Light scratching is unavoidable over time. Consult with a cabinet maker for dealing with more serious mars. Some damaged finishes by be easily repaired. Others may require refinishing.

Heat/Humidity: Sudden changes in temperature or humidity can harm fine wood furniture. Avoid placing furniture directly by heat ducts or vents. If possible, keep temperature between 65 and 70 degrees and humidity near 35 percent.


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