The maintenance of solid wood furniture

by | Jul 22, 2021 | Furniture, Handcraft, Wood maintenance, Woodwork

The maintenance of solid wood furniture

In the article you will find information about:

  1. Everyday cleaning of wooden tabletop
  2. Cleaning of very dirty areas and removing small scratches
  3. Repairing dents
  4. Annual care of wooden tabletop

 Solid oak wood with a natural surface is so ingenious that you can care for it yourself at home. This type of wood has many unique natural features, it is solid and durable, regulates humidity, which means that after many years of use, SFD solid oak furniture looks almost the same as it was on the day it was made and our customers are always in able to maintain this condition of the furniture through regular care treatments.

While you chose the solid oak wood table as a solid, sturdy, virtually indestructible option for your dining room table, it is important to take proper care of this piece of furniture to ensure that it lasts for lifetimes after. In this article we will explain to you the basics of taking care of woody table in house conditions.

 

1. Everyday cleaning of wooden tabletop

 For daily cleaning of wooden tabletop simply wipe the surface with a clean, dry or slightly moistened cotton cloth.

We recommend not to use damp cloths on oil-treated surfaces if possible. If you cannot remove stains with a dry cloth, use a soft cloth wrung out firmly in clean water. Immediately afterwards wipe again with a dry cloth. Always wipe in the longitudinal direction of the wood grain.

Daily cleaning of wooden tabletop

 

2. Cleaning of very dirty areas and removing small scratches

 All acid fluids such e.g. vinegar, alcohol or lemon water can cause some damages to the wood surface. In case of such contact, please immediately wipe it off with a damp cloth and then dry it with a soft one. Other fluids which appear on the table-top should be immediately removed. It is recommended to put dishes and vessels (glasses, etc.) on place mats. That will protect the wooden tabletop from moisture and water.

 

How about heavy soilings like the dried circles from the red wine glasses and small scratches caused during everyday use? We will try to help you and explain how to do this. The most important thing is that you carefully sand the wooden tabletop (until the stain is removed) and re-oil with the same oil that was originally used for your furniture. If your wooden tabletop has not been serviced since purchase, this would be a good time to take care of the entire surface as well.

You can do the procedure for removing stains and maintaining the wooden tabletop yourself at home. It does not require the purchase or use of the special equipment it is sufficient to use manual sandpaper with a thickness of 120, then 180 and finally 220 (for manual work with paper, a cube sanding sponge is helpful, which you can also click on paper of the desired thickness).

To protect the wooden tabletop, we recommend to use the same oil as was originally used at the initial oiling process of that particular furniture.

Usually you can find the product card attached when buying the oak oiled table. Useful information on preserving the tabletop should be included in there.

The permanent stain on the solid oak tabletop, photo sent by our customer

 

3. Repairing dents

Dents can be completely repaired. You need to rub the spot with the coarse and fine sandpaper as in the instruction in the above point then apply water steam out with the help of a damp cloth and iron.

Finally sand once more, apply oil, polish the wooden tabletop and you will see that a dent disappeared.

The dent on the wooden tabletop, pictures from our customer

Simply wood care kit

Rubbing the wooden tabletop with the sandpaper –the first step for removing small scratches or stains

 

4. Annual care of wooden tabletop

 Once-twice a year (depending on depending on the intensity of use) it is recommended to impregnate the wood surface with oil.

 Here are the guidelines:

 

  1. Dust off the wooden tabletop, clean it with a damp cloth and let it dry completely.
  2. Prepare the oil according to the producer’s instruction (we recommend using the same oil as the furniture was oiled initially).
  3. Then thoroughly and carefully rub the oil in the whole surface of the wooden tabletop, first in a circular motion, then along the directions of the boards. Rub the oil in so long that the oil layer is as thin as possible. The wooden ttableop should gently shine, but the oil layer should not be visible. If excess oil is visible, wipe it off with a dry cloth. The oil is thick and solidifies quickly so the oil application process should last max. 10-15 minutes.
  4. Let the tabletop dry for approx. 48 hours. If the top is heavily worn and the oil has been completely absorbed by the wood, the operation can be repeated after this time.
  5. Usually the oil acquires full strength / hardness after about 7 days from the moment of application – earlier it is suggested to protect the top from external factors – variable temperature, humidity, etc.

The oiling of wooden tabletop

 

The beautiful, freshly oiled tabletop of FJÄRIL BLACK round non- /extendable oak table

To summarize, in that article we wanted to point out the most important steps that help you to keep solid oak tables in a beautiful look and great condition for decades.

 Please remember the essentials of the wooden tabletop maintenance:

  • Everyday gently cleaning
  • The proper cleaning of very dirty areas
  • Repairing small scratches  and dents
  • Annual care

 

We hope that the information provided is sufficient and comprehensive for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help!

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