Furniture / Product Care
Every product you commission from Evostyle has been designed to last generations. However in order to keep your product in prime condition, we suggest you download this Furniture Care Instruction document, which has lots of detailed information on how to keep your finished product looking it's best.
Each piece of timber is unique. As such, the natural colour or grain variations will cause the timber to react differently to different finishes. It is not uncommon to find several contrasts in the same piece of furniture.
The lighter pieces were closer to the tree's bark, the darker pieces were closer to the tree's centre. Grain variations and mineral deposits should not be viewed as flaws.
These natural markings have absolutely no effect on the furniture's durability or structural integrity. Knots and other characteristics are much like the nubs you find in such fine fabrics as silk and linen, true indications of genuine quality.
Protecting and Preserving Your Furniture
Your Evostyle furniture is an investment that should increase in value over time. How much that value appreciates is dependent on how well you care for it, particularly for furniture with an oil finish. It is essential to follow the instructions below to ensure that your furniture will provide a lifetime of service and enjoyment to your family.
Always test cleaning/polishing products in an inconspicuous location before using on visible areas.
- Do not use a feather duster, because it will simply move dust around, flinging it into the air.
- Feather dusters could scratch the wood surface if a feather breaks off
- Dust is abrasive
- Infrequent or improper dusting can create a worn, dull surface over the years and a build-up of dust, accumulated in carvings, cracks and grooves eventually becomes hard to remove, making timber look dark and unattractive.
BE VERY CAREFUL USING WATER to clean timber surfaces.
- Timber should never get wet or soaked.
- Water can cause swelling, warping or staining when it penetrates a finish.
- Use coasters, pads, cloths or runners to protect against spills and water rings.
Use of Polishing Products
- Although it is not necessary, you may feel free to use commercial polishing products on furniture that has a lacquer finish. Furniture with an oil finish has special care recommendations (see instructions below).
DO NOT USE A SILICON BASED PRODUCT ON ANY TIMBER (e.g. Mr Sheen, Windex etc.)
- Do be sure to use the same type of polish consistently.
- Your furniture finish may appear cloudy or streaky if oil-based and wax-based polishes are interchanged.
Watch the Humidity
- Timber is very sensitive to changes in relative humidity.
- As the weather changes, so does the relative humidity in your environment, and in the moisture content of the timber in your furniture.
- This means that furniture is constantly expanding and contracting.
- Timber does best in moderate conditions of around 21°C-22°C and a relative humidity of about 50-55%.
- Frequent and sudden changes in relative humidity are especially bad.
- Timber is most likely to crack when the climate inside suddenly changes from hot and humid to cool and dry.
- Use a humidifier in winter and an air conditioner in summer for best results.
- Furniture ages more quickly if stored in a basement, attic, garage or warehouse.
- Excess heat and dryness can cause timber to split and crack.
- Place furniture away from all heat sources, in front of radiators, heat runs or fireplaces, if possible.
- If you must put furniture near an air duct, use a shield or guard plate to direct heat away.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
- The ultraviolet rays of the sun will damage a finish and discolour the timber underneath.
- Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause the finish to crack, sometimes in a pattern resembling the skin of an alligator.
- Try to keep furniture out of direct sunlight.
- When this is not possible, reduce the amount of light streaming on any piece of furniture.
- Use window shades, drapes or blinds to block light during the time of day the furniture is exposed.
- Uniformly expose surfaces to light.
- Especially avoid letting the sun hit only part of a surface.
Avoid Heat, Chemical Exposure, Sharp Objects
- Keep solvents such as nail polish remover, alcohol and paint thinner away from timber furniture because they can harm the finish.
- Alcohol is contained in colognes, perfumes and medications as well as in wine, beer and liquor.
- Fingerprints, perspiration and body oils can harm a finish over time, especially on chairs.
- Plants and flower nectar that touch the finish can also cause permanent stains.
- Placing hot items on furniture can cause a chemical change in the finish that result in white rings or spots.
- Products containing ammonia should never be used as it will harm your finish.
- We recommend the use of hot mats, coasters even though the finish is water and heat resistant.
- Do not leave plastic objects lying on wood surfaces.
- Colour from plastic tablecloths, appliance covers, wrappers, place mats and toys can leach into wood over time.
- Plastic can also stick to a finish, damaging it when it is pulled up.
- Firm writing on the finished surface may cause indentations to the finish/wood.
- Lift, don't slide, objects on wood.
- Place objects on trivets, tablecloths, doilies or others covers to protect the finish.
- Use felt bottoms on lamps and other decorative objects.
- Avoid brightly coloured felt because its colour could leach into the wood.
Carefully Move Furniture
- Lift heavy furniture with the help of at least two people.
- Lift cabinets, chests and dressers from the bottom. Take care not to lift a cabinet by grasping only the top.
- Sliding pieces could hurt your wood floor and damage furniture legs by applying too much sideways pressure.
- If necessary, place furniture sliders under the legs of furniture pieces to make moving easier and safer.
- If a drawer has two handles, use both to open it. Avoid stuffing drawers with too many items.
Special Furniture Care Instructions Collections with Oil Finishes
When you receive your furniture it may be tacky from the oil finish we have applied in the studio. The entire piece should be wiped with a clean, soft, lint-free cotton cloth. Do not use commercially available polishes or waxes. Wood remains a live medium and can tend to dry out over time. For maintenance, pure, non-toxic linseed oil or any high quality furniture oil (without petroleum dryers or thinners) should be applied immediately after delivery and again every 3-12 months. Regular oiling will deepen the finish while enhancing the natural beauty of the wood. It will also restore the finish over scratches. Good quality oil products are widely available in better hardware stores. With minor care, this furniture will be enjoyed for years and likely generations to come.
Your solid timber furniture is a natural product and may expand and contract due to varying temperature conditions, occasionally producing small cracks within or between the timbers. This is normal and often part of a piece’s character. To minimise movement the furniture should not be placed outside, in direct sunlight, or in heavily air-conditioned areas.
Solid timber needs to be polished regularly to maintain optimum condition – polishing cleans and nourishes the wood, protects it and highlights its character. When polishing, work along the grain of the timber, rub in the polish well and buff immediately, making sure you polish out all scratches. Contact Evostyle for information on polishes, waxes and fillers.
Specific timbers used in outdoor furniture, such as Blackbutt, Spotted Gum, Teak and New Guinea Rosewood, carry a higher than usual oil content, ensuring greater resistance to the elements than less oiled timbers.
Outdoor timbers change over time, with most fading and changing colour to a more grey appearance. Natural tannins inside the timber are also released over time and this ‘leaching’ may stain some surfaces. To minimise staining, hose down furniture and flooring regularly (every day or so) for the first few months. As the tannins may also stain upholstery, including any fabrics described as ‘outdoor’ and ‘stain resistant’, it is recommended that cushions are not stored on timber furniture for the first few months, until the majority of the tannins have been released.
Avoid placing timber outdoor furniture in puddles or waterlogged areas for extended periods.