Purchasing ﬁne furniture is not only a privilege but an opportunity. An opportunity to be the ﬁrst owner of what may become a treasured heirloom.
The precautions listed here are typical of high-end, ﬁne quality furniture manufacturers. View them as an aid to ownership, not a burden. Ultimately, the value of a ﬁne piece of quality made furniture will increase with the care you give it as the ﬁrst owner.
Wood is a natural material. Solid wood furniture bears natural characteristics, marks, and grain patterns that are consistent with the overall appearance of the wood. Wood changes color over time. Uniform aging is quite pleasant and desirable. An owner must be responsible for being sure a piece of furniture ages uniformly. Furniture makers understand these characteristics and their standards will be exhibited in samples from the maker on a showroom floor. Do not expect more from the wood than what nature has given.
Avoid exposure to strong sunlight. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can discolor wood, furniture finishes, fabrics, leather, and carpet. Be aware that Low-E glass does not filter out ALL damaging sunlight. Consumers should examine showroom pieces before buying to determine the standards set by the furniture makers.
Keep furniture from being exposed to extreme hot and cold or prolonged moisture. For hot and cold items, the rule of thumb is: “if you can hold it comfortably in your hand, the finish should withstand it.”
Pour polishes onto a clean cloth and never pour liquid polish directly on a furniture finish. Always wax, polish, or dust with the grain. Allow polishes to dry completely before replacing objects. Furniture care products should never be used in combination. In general, a care product such as wax or dressing should only be applied sparingly a few times a year. General dusting can be accomplished with water on a soft cloth followed by thorough drying.
Store table leaves flat, apron side up, in a controlled environment to prevent warping or cracking. Invest in table leaf storage bags.