WESTCOAST SOLID WOOD FURNITURE
...suggests the following for Basic Care of your furniture:
- Keep furniture away from radiators, heating vents or wood burning stoves.
- Do not allow it to stand in the sun’s rays for long periods as it will crack and fade.
- Use a humidifier or air conditioner to keep the relative humidity between 25 and 35 percent, helping protect your furniture from expanding and contracting.
- Dust and polish with a clean, soft cloth, wipe with the grain, use proper materials.
- Place coasters and hot pads under drinks and hot dishes and wipe spills immediately, be careful with solvents, perfume, alcohol and nail polish.
- Avoid dragging furniture when moving, always lift where possible.
- Store extra hardwood pieces, such as table leaves, in places that have the same relative humidity as your furniture - better to keep these pieces within the house rather than a damp, cold basements or garages.
Uniqueness of Nature
- Everything in Nature is unique and hardwoods that make up your furniture come from trees such as oak and maple - each tree is unique and each piece of wood looks different in both grain and coloration.
- Over time, because of growing conditions, minerals absorption and elements, trees have distinct markings such as knots and grain variations - these create uniqueness and character, defining hardwoods as truly one of a kind.
- Furniture that you see on display, will not look exactly the same as the furniture you purchase and bring home.
- Hardwoods are natural materials and display a character that no synthetic material can duplicate.
- Each piece of hardwood is literally one-of-a-kind and respond naturally to changes in your home’s temperature and humidity.
- Hardwood furniture does not take kindly to excessively dry air. If you live in a region with low humidity, be sure to use humidifiers and/or air conditioners.
- Hardwood exposed to dry air dries the natural moisture in the wood, forcing it to contract or shrink slightly - this may not weaken your furniture yet, gaps may appear in table tops and joints.
- Once the area’s humidity rises, these gaps will usually disappear as moisture in the hardwood is replenished
- Solid hardwoods are like silk, linen, and leather; natural and long lasting.
- Your hardwood furniture will last a lifetime, and beyond - synthetic products lack the natural feel and durability of hardwoods.
- Lower quality furniture will promote <all wood> - this does not mean you have a solid hardwood product - they may contain particle board and veneers, which are made of wood, but absolutely not solid hardwood.
Secure Top-heavy Furniture
- Existing furniture should be anchored with anti-tip mechanisms - new furniture over 30” in height, like dressers, come with anti-tip devices - install them safely, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Safety is of primary importance, especially when children may be involved, and you should not take chances - secure furniture pieces to the wall.
Remove Tempting Objects
- Remove items that are tempting for kids to climb to reach; toys, remote controls, candies for example from the top of televisions and furniture.
Open Only One Drawer at a Time
- Opening multiple drawers at one time, can result in the unit tipping over and put extra strain on the anti-tip support mechanisms - prevent children from climbing, sitting or standing in/on open drawers, and don't overload drawers.
Use Sturdy Furniture
- Televisions should only be placed on furniture designed to hold a television, such as television stands or media centers and pushed back away from the edge. Mount flat-screen TVs to the wall or to furniture to prevent them from toppling over. Televisions that are not wall mounted should still be anchored to the wall.
Natural Wood Characteristics
- All wood is a product of nature and much like a fingerprint, no two grain patterns are ever exactly alike.
- The beauty of real wood is created by the infinite variation of grain, texture, and colour. This is especially true of hardwood and hardwood veneers; hardwoods are particularly noted for their variety in graining.
- It is the nature of hardwoods to have mineral streaks (causing color variations in the wood) and a range of color changes in the grain - you may notice differences in cabinets, doors, drawers, or sometimes in the same piece - weather affects, general climate, insects, birds, soil acidity and other factors change the grain.
- Mineral streaks or unique grains, are considered characteristics of natural wood and not considered defects.
- The colour characteristics of wood change with age - gradually changing the colour of the wood and stain - rate of the change will depend on factors such as: wood type, stain colour, and direct sunlight.
- Exposure to smoke, chemicals, and electric lighting may cause some materials to vary over time.
- Colour changes may not be seen from day-to-day however, make a difference over time - furniture added at a later date may not exactly match your other furniture - stain and display pieces may not be an exact colour that you receive.
- WESTCOAST SOLID WOOD FURNITURE is not responsible for naturally occurring changes as they occur in the wood.
- Naturally expanding and contracting also affects other wood materials in your home. This may result in doors, drawers and face frames opening gaps - this is not a flaw in the furniture and the structural integrity of the joint isn't affected.
- If you purchase painted finishes, it is useful to know that natural expansion and contraction affects the overall look of the products - it is therefore, perfectly normal to experience some of these gaps and very normal.
- Humidity control in a home to reduce the amount of expansion and contraction.
- Door panels are prone to some changes because of humidity changes. This may result in some expansion and contraction in wood products - some touch-up may be necessary in the first year as the wood acclimatizes.
- End grains usually are darker because stain is absorbed more because of the saw because of softer wood in those areas - some joint styles are more prone to this color difference.
- The tree extracts minerals from the soil during growth and affects the coloring and grain of the wood, making up the unique one-of-a-kind look.
- Some wood products darken faster than others and to appreciate the unique features that wood products offer, please ask your sales consultant at WESTCOAST SOLID WOOD FURNITURE. This adds to the value and look.
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WESTCOAST SOLID WOOD FURNITURE