Caring For Your Wood Furniture
VMI furniture combines the natural beauty of wood with quality craftsmanship. The furniture is protected with a tough, durable finish that stands up to the wear-and-tear of today’s offices. This care and maintenance guide helps you know what to expect from your wood furniture and provides important tips on how to take care of it.
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THE SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF WOOD
Your wood furniture is, in a sense, one of a kind. Each piece of furniture owes it’s beauty and individuality to natural variations in the color and grain pattern of the wood.
As a living material, wood “breathes” – it expands and contracts slightly in response to changes in temperature and humidity. The underlying wood colors also tend to change with exposure to light, a natural process that affects each species of wood differently. For example, natural cherry tends to mature and darken more rapidly than most other species.
The furniture’s finish stabilizes the wood, minimizing the effects of these natural processes. It also protects the beauty of the wood. This tough finish does not nick , scratch, or stain easily, and stands up to most spills. But wood finishes can be damaged. For example, with prolonged direct contact, some rubbers, plastics, and vinyl’s (such as vinyl binders) can react chemically with the finish discoloring or marring it.
By following the simple tips in this guide, you can avoid problems and be assured of many years of satisfying use of your Vision Millwork furniture.
TO PROTECT YOUR WOOD FURNITURE
Use desk pads and coasters to help protect the finish against dents, scratches, moisture and hot and cold liquids. Do not use desk pads that have plastic backing.
Use felt or leather pads on the bottoms of office equipment and accessories. Lift objects when you move them, instead of pulling or pushing them across the surface to avoid scratching the furniture.
Periodically move desk accessories and other objects kept on top of the furniture to ensure even aging.
Avoid leaving vinyl binders on furniture for long periods.
If you use a protective glass top, insert clear plastic tabs between the glass and the top of the furniture, to create air space and allow the wood to breathe.
Keep your furniture away from direct sunlight.
Avoid extreme temperatures and humidity. Maintain temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees fahrenheit and humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent.
Keep a supply of soft, clean, absorbent cloths handy for wiping up spills and regular dusting.
Clean with a slightly damp soft cloth, using another soft cloth to dry. Always wipe the surface in the direction of the grain on wood surfaces.
Use a quality cleaner or flax soap formulated especially for use on wood or laminated furniture. Do not use oils or ammonia. Dilute the cleaner as directed by the manufacturer. Dampen, but do not saturate, a soft cloth with the diluted cleaning solution. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe the surface clean with a soft, dry cloth.
Quality spray wax may be applied sparingly twice a year on wood surfaces only. Excessive waxing may result in a wax build-up, which feels sticky and attracts an unusual amount of dirt.
Clean metal finishes with a non-abrasive cleaner. Apply the cleaner sparingly; making sure that it does not come into contact with the wood. Wipe the hardware dry with a clean, soft cloth.
Once a year, oils hinges on cabinet doors with a light machine oil.
WITH REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE
Wood is a “forgiving” material, which can usually be repaired. If your furniture is damaged contact Vision Millwork, Inc. We offer offer touch-up services and maintenance contracts for your convenience.
Your Vision Millwork furniture should be installed only by trained installers. Before moving your furniture, contact us. We are trained and equipped to move your furniture properly.
If drawers or cabinet doors do not align or open smoothly, the furniture may not be level. Glides on the bottom of the furniture can be adjusted to compensate for uneven floors. Contact us for assistance.
For answers to additional questions about wood furniture care, maintenance and repair, call Vision Millwork, Inc. directly at 818-767-3511 or contact us here at firstname.lastname@example.org.