Our short FAQ on the care of solid wood furniture.

1. What is the best way to clean my solid wood furniture?

Removing dust: Use a soft, dry cloth or feather duster to remove dust regularly.

Remove stains: Light stains can be wiped off with a slightly damp cloth and mild detergent. Take care not to soak the wood.

Special cleaners: There are special wood cleaners for solid wood furniture that can be used, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

2. How do I protect my solid wood furniture from scratches?

Use coasters: Make sure that hot pots, pans or glasses are placed on the furniture with coasters to avoid heat stains.

Felt glides: Felt glides can be attached to the legs of chairs, tables and other furniture to prevent scratches on floors and furniture.

Regular cleaning: Scratches can be avoided by regular cleaning and removing dirt particles.

3. How do I care for the wood to keep it looking good for longer?

Oiling or waxing: Depending on the type of wood, it may be advisable to treat it regularly with special wood oil or wax to protect it from moisture and drying out. We recommend oiling the wood especially in spring and fall (the times with the greatest climatic fluctuations).

Avoid exposure to sunlight: Do not place solid wood furniture in areas exposed to direct sunlight to prevent the wood from fading or heat cracking.

Room climate: Pay attention to the room climate, as extreme humidity or dryness can damage the wood. A room with around 45-55% humidity is ideal.

4. What should I bear in mind when cleaning polished surfaces?

Use gentle cleaning agents: For polished surfaces, it is important to use mild cleaning agents so as not to damage the polish.

Microfiber cloths: Microfiber cloths are best for polishing polished surfaces as they do not leave scratches.

Direction of the wood grain: Always wipe in the direction of the wood grain to avoid scratches.

5. How do I repair minor damage to my solid wood furniture?

Scratches: Small scratches can be repaired with special wood repair kits, which are available in different wood tones.

Dents: Dents can be repaired by carefully steaming the wood and then repairing with wood filler.

Cracks: Small cracks can be filled with wood glue and then sanded down to make the surface smooth again. Alternatively, drying cracks in particular can be sanded out with some sandpaper and treated to match the surface of the piece of furniture. This gives the solid wood furniture a rustic charm.

6. What is the best way to store solid wood furniture when it is not in use?

Dry and ventilated: Store furniture in a dry place with good ventilation to prevent mold growth.

Cover: If furniture must be stored outside, cover it with a waterproof cover to protect it from the elements.

Not directly on the floor: Do not store furniture directly on the floor to avoid moisture damage.

7. How do I know which cleaning agent is suitable for my solid wood furniture?

Note the type of wood: Some cleaning agents are specially formulated for certain types of wood. Make sure that the cleaning agent is suitable for your wood.

Test: Before using a new cleaning agent, it is advisable to carry out a test on an inconspicuous area to ensure that it will not cause any damage.

The all-rounder: Linseed oil varnish is suitable for almost any application, is a natural product and it is hard to find a more natural care product for solid wood furniture.

8. Can I restore solid wood furniture myself?

Minor repairs: Minor repairs such as scratches or small dents can often be carried out yourself with repair kits and a little skill.

Major damage: For major damage such as broken corners, it is advisable to consult a professional restorer if you have little manual talent.

Caution with DIY: If you decide to restore it yourself, find out about the right techniques and materials to avoid further damage.

9. What should I bear in mind when caring for furniture from Asia or Thai furniture?

Specific types of wood: Furniture from Indonesia or Thailand is made from special types of wood such as teak, suar or mahogany. Some of these are significantly more resistant than domestic species, which can be seen, for example, in sanding and finishing.

Climate differences: As this furniture comes from regions with different climates, it should be kept in a stable indoor climate to avoid warping.

10. How do I care for burl wood furniture?

Be careful when cleaning: Burl wood furniture is often more rustic. Use mild detergents and a soft cloth to clean the surface.

Oiling or waxing: Due to the unique texture of burl wood, regular treatment with wood oil or wax can help protect the wood and preserve its beauty.

Remove dust: Due to the irregular surface, dust can easily accumulate in the recesses. Regular dusting is important to keep the surface clean.

Outdoor installation: For outdoor use, the wood should be specially treated (outdoor varnish, etc.). Without appropriate treatment, the typical gray patina will form after a while.

11. Underfloor heating and solid wood furniture - does that work well?

Be careful with some types of wood: while underfloor heating is not a problem for many pieces of solid wood furniture (cabinets, sideboards, etc.), it is quite tricky for other furniture. Coffee tables made from tree slices can react very sensitively to the widespread heat from below and then form stress cracks. Even very solid items with a large support surface that stand directly on the warm floor are "cooked", so to speak, and the moisture in the wood is driven out too quickly, which can also lead to cracks.

Slowly but surely: When using underfloor heating, it is advisable to acclimatize the wood slowly to the room climate and not to heat it directly at full level. The same applies to chimney air. If the wood is slowly acclimatized to such exceptional climatic conditions, there are usually hardly any problems.

12. Wood-burning stove and solid wood furniture - are they compatible?

Bear in mind temperature fluctuations: Anyone who heats their home with a fireplace in winter is happy about the quick and pleasant warmth in their home. For solid wood, however, the rapid rise in temperature is pure stress and stress cracks can occur as the wood cannot adjust quickly enough to the new climate.

Note the humidity: Chimney air is usually dry and warm, draws moisture from the wood and causes it to become brittle and cracked. During the heating period, it is therefore better to oil the solid wood once more than too little to give it the moisture it needs.

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