So you’ve just purchased some brand new oak furniture- you clever thing! We might be biased at Oak Furniture Land, but we think oak is one of the finest materials you can include in your home.
For us, the wonderful thing about oak furniture is how individual it is. No two pieces of oak furniture are ever the same – which makes every single piece that you buy totally unique. Plus, as a “living wood”, oak will continue to develop and change over the years. Before you know it, it will be an integral part of your home – individual to you and completely your own.
Of course, you have to take good care of it first!
How do I care for my Oak Furniture?
First, you have to ensure you’re buying the right oak furniture. Did you know that almost half the weight of wood is actually water? For that reason, it’s super important that your oak furniture has been kiln-dried, reducing this moisture content to the right level. Just like ours!
Once your new furniture’s arrived, help it adjust to its new home by treating it with oil or wax polish. Every three months, continue to treat it again in order to nourish those fragile timbers within the wood, and create a long-lasting protective seal. Sure, it might sound time consuming, but it really is worth it if you want your furniture to last a lifetime! Treating the wood in this way helps to protect the grain, prevents wood from cracking, and keeps any finishes in the best possible condition.
So how do you actually wax your furniture?
To apply, move the wax in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Leave it for 5 minutes, then remove by buffing – again following the direction of the grain. It’s quicker than you think!
When you’re waxing your furniture for the first time, try it on a spot beneath the furniture to make sure the finish is right for you.
How do I clean my oak furniture?
Unfortunately, your usual household cleaning methods may damage the finish of your furniture over time. But don’t panic – the solution is simple! Instead of spending all your money on fancy polishes and sprays, simply wipe down the surface of your oak furniture with a clean, damp cloth.
For more serious spills and stains (such as coffee or wine), blot the spill with a clean, soft, slightly damp cloth – that should do the trick. If disaster strikes and you spot a dried stain that you didn’t notice before, it’s best to contact a professional furniture restorer. They’ll use time-honoured techniques to get your oak furniture back into the very best condition.
What else should I know?
You might not think so, but the placement of your new oak furniture is actually really important. Avoid placing the new pieces in direct sunlight in order to prevent fading to the finish – and avoid radiators, too, which will dry out your furniture. The same goes for rooms with air conditioning!
Ideally, you should also leave a gap of approximately 25mm between the wall and the back of your furniture. This allows the air to follow, keeping the oak at a more stable temperature which will help to prolong its life. Perfect!
And as a final tip, when placing your furniture on a solid wooden floor, be sure to place protective felt under the feet. Not only will this protect your furniture, it’ll also protect the floor!
Bear in mind that your oak furniture will only get more beautiful over time, naturally darkening with age. No wonder we love it so much! This clever wood will age with you, becoming a part of the home and a part of the family.
So, why do you love your oak furniture? And do you have any pieces of oak furniture that have been in the family for years? We’d love to hear – or even better, we’d love to see your photographs! Tweet us at @OakFurnitureUS, or tag us in your Instagram snaps with @oak_furniture_land_US.