A piece of furniture in ‘solid’ wood is made from a number of ‘planed’ pieces joined together.
No two trees are identical and their uniqueness is demonstrated by the inevitable existence of knots in the tree trunk, some very small, some larger.
Wood is and remains a living element which is sensitive to variations in temperature and humidity. It will therefore evolve over time.
Occasionally certain imperfections may be noted which also contribute to the charm of our products. Variations in grain, texture or colour, or the presents of knots, are all characteristics of solid wood and cannot be considered defects.
Variations in colour:
Since no two trees are the same, no two pieces of wood will be either. Differences in colour are the
result of variations in the mineral composition of the ground in which the trees originally grew.
Over time, its colour may well change slightly and progressively, depending on its exposure to direct or indirect sunlight...or moonlight.
When you first bring a piece of furniture into your home, do not place objects or textiles on it in permanent positions, otherwise you will risk creating different-looking areas which you will not subsequently be able to eliminate.
Wood breathes, it dilates and contracts according to climatic variations (temperature and humidity).
In consequence, cracks may appear in the wood and its dimensions may vary in non-uniform fashion
according to the direction of the fibres.
Any cracks which appear in the first month will have been caused by a dramatic change of environment. You are therefore strongly advised not to subject our furniture to extreme variations of conditions. Also to be avoided are direct exposure to sunlight, in glazed bay windows for example, proximity to heat sources, and spaces where there are strong variations in the air conditioning.
Knots should not be thought of as defects but are evidence of the previous existence of branches and
therefore proof that this really is a piece of solid wood. Added elements:
Added elements such as mastic may be required to fill in any natural holes which may be present in
Such additions are part of the piece of furniture and are an integral part of the wood used.
Wood is a hygroscopic material, that is, it is sensitive to variations in humidity.
Wood absorbs or exudes water depending on the conditions in which it finds itself.
This is a natural phenomenon which never ceases and which will result in dimensional variations of the wood.
These variations will not be identical along the direction of the piece in relation to the original log (longitudinal, radial, tangential).
Such malformations cannot be considered to be defects since they are not prejudicial to the function of the piece of furniture.
General principles for using solid wood:
Common sense is vital to ensure optimum protection for your furniture!
By respecting these principles on a daily basis you should reduce any damage which could be caused to your furniture to an absolute minimum:
- Food or liquid spills will not leave marks if you remove them immediately with a damp cloth.
- Do not allow to become too wet.
- Do not use steel wool, or abrasive sponges or powders.
- A damp glass or vase left on the wood could cause a whitish mark.
- Use table mats or pot stands to avoid hot plates coming into contact with the wood.
- When moving your furniture, carry it – don’t drag it along the ground.
- Avoid placing rough or abrasive objects on tops or shelves.
- Avoid using aggressive solvent-based products or bleach in proximity to wood. Any splashes could leave marks or cause discolouration.
Care of solid wood:
- Dust with a soft non-abrasive cloth (wool, cotton, etc) as often as you wish.
- Cleaning: a quick wipe with a cloth soaked in soapy water or gentle detergent, then rinse with a damp, wrung-out cloth and dry with a clean, dry cloth.
- Do not rub too hard or too often, otherwise you may make the varnish shiny.
- You should always rub a piece of furniture along the grain direction of the wood.
The maintenance kit supplied with your furniture contains:
- A bottle of cleaner which will remove any greasy film, sticky labels, wax, felt tip, ball point, shoe marks, nicotine, etc.
- A bottle of reviver which will remove water or alcohol stains are revive tarnished surfaces. Contains wax and silicone.
- An application sponge and wipe.
Touch-up and minor repair kit:
We also sell a kit will enable you to effect small touch-ups on the wood. This kit comprises:
- Three different-coloured sticks of malleable wax to fill cracks or scratches.
- An application tool for the wax.
- A touch-up pen containing clear varnish.
- An abrasive sponge to clean and mattify the surface.