Our most popular wood surfaces in our dining and bedroom furniture ranges consist of one of the following types of material; solid wood, wood veneers, or foil finish. With some furniture, different components are often crafted using different materials. Our highest quality pieces are made up of mostly solid wood, however veneers may also be used, often to reduce the cost of the furniture as veneers are generally cheaper to use.
There’s little point spending big bucks on a cabinet that is 100% solid wood when it’s forever pushed up against a wall. No one will ever see the back, underside, or the majority of the interior, so why pay for it! This is commonly where veneers are used; the unnoticeable areas and some interior components such as the inside of drawers. Not only does this reduce the cost of the furniture, but it also helps make it lighter in weight. If you like to move home a lot then your local removal men will thank you for it!
Foil finishes are great for a variety of reasons. It allows furniture craftsmen to achieve a great consistent grain and colour, which would otherwise cost a fortune to create naturally. Affordable and easy to clean, you get the look you want without the hefty price tag.
A great thing about all these materials is that they are surprisingly easy to clean. You don’t need to invest in expensive sprays of waxes - in fact we always recommend never to use these! Both can significantly harm the wood over a long period of time. So put that polish away, you won’t be needing it here!
All you need to do is wipe your wooden furniture down with a damp cloth, not a wet one. This alone will be enough to remove surface dirt without damaging the furniture. Remember this is wood and all wood has natural characteristics including knots, grain and colour variations along with natural wood markings. These are completely natural and not detrimental to the furniture.
If you’re known for being a bit of a klutz, blessed with devil children, or the proud owner of a lively house pet, then the odd spill of food or drink is likely to be commonplace. In these situations and in order to protect your wood furniture, the important thing is to be swift. You need to react and get the mess up as fast as you can, stop shouting at the clumsy child, your furniture needs you. Go to the kitchen and get some kitchen roll and a damp cloth, blot the stain then wipe it down, but make sure not to rub the mark as this will only make things worse.
Unfortunately, wooden dining and bedroom furniture isn't invincible, and depending on your home environment it may be subject to marks and stains that simply won’t come off. This is where a warranty comes in handy. Some retailers will tell you that a warranty is a must, describing how much you’ll regret it if you don’t pay up now. Truth is, only you know if you need a warranty of not. You know your own home and the residents within it. If your home is constantly pristine, and you cannot recall the last time you ever had to mop up a spill, then chances are you’re not going to need any extra cover. However if the clumsy child scenario is all too familiar then it might be sensible to make that investment now to protect yourself from future disappointment. You need to weigh up the risk versus the cost.
At the end of the day, how important is your furniture to you? If you’re spending a lot of money then chances are you want it to last. However following the simple steps above to care for your furniture will go a long way, helping to keep your wooden furniture looking lush for many years to come.