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Care Instructions for Wood & Wood Veneers

Instructions for All Wood Furniture:

  • Moisture and heat can damage any wood finish. Protect your furniture by using coasters and trivets. Always wipe up moisture promptly and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid dragging sharp or rough objects across the surface of your wood furniture. Using adhesive felt pads, trivets, coasters and placemats will help prevent scratches.
  • Dust with a soft, dry, untreated cloth.
  • Avoid direct contact with rubber bumpers and candle wax as it may react with the wood's finish and leave a stain.
  • Maintain consistent humidity levels to minimize seasonal expansion and contraction of wood and prevent warping.
  • Over time, air and sunlight will change the color of natural wood. Occasionally rotate the items placed on your wood furniture to allow a more uniform color to develop. Expose table leaves to the same amount of air and sunlight as your table.
  • Care for your wood furniture according to its finish.

Lacquer, Paint or Stain

  • While dry dusting is the best cleaning method, you may use a slightly damp cloth as needed. Wipe dry.
  • For persistent spots, gently clean with a soft cloth and a solution of water and mild detergent. Wipe dry.
  • Do not use cleaning products containing ammonia, alcohol or petroleum.
  • Avoid furniture polish as over time it can accumulate and leave a residue.

Oil-and-Wax or Oiled

  • While dry dusting is the best cleaning method, you may use a slightly damp cloth as needed. Wipe dry.
  • Treat your furniture with Room & Board® Satin Wax annually, or more often, if the wood seems dry.
  • Apply Satin Wax with a clean, white cloth following the direction of the grain pattern. Take care to treat the exposed end grain of panels. Using another cloth, buff to remove excess wax and achieve a smooth finish.
  • Satin Wax can be purchased in our stores, online or by calling 800.301.9720.
  • Do not use Satin Wax on end-grain butcherblock; see instructions below.

Powder-coated MDF

  • Although powder-coating is a durable, seamless surface it is not impervious to stains and damage from moisture and heat. Take the same precautions you would with any wood furniture.
  • For normal cleaning, wipe with a soft cloth and a solution of water and mild detergent. Wipe dry.
  • For spot cleaning, spray with an all-purpose cleaner, and wipe dry with a soft cloth.

Food-grade Mineral Oil (End-grain Butcherblock only)

  • For regular cleaning use a slightly damp cloth. Wipe dry.
  • Treat end-grain butcherblock every six months, or more often if the wood seems dry, with an application of food-grade mineral oil. Do not use cooking oils or Room & Board Satin Wax.
  • Apply food-grade mineral oil to a clean, white cloth and then rub it into the wood. Do not apply mineral oil directly to the wood.
  • Scratches, burns, residue and other surface damage can be removed with fine-grit sandpaper. Reapply mineral oil after sanding.

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