Our Amish Made In-Door Furniture is finished with a catalyzed conversion varnish formulated to be virtually “Hazardous Air Pollutant Free. This premium grade finish is a very environmentally friendly product to apply and use. And it is tough and resistant to scratching, plus the following household chemicals.
|Household Ammonia||Acetone||Grease (cooking fat)||Lipstick|
|Oil Based Paint||Turpentine||Grape Juice||Water|
|Isopropyl Alcohol||Orange Juice||Vinegar||Sodas|
|Latex Emulsion Paint||Citric Acid||Milk||Coffee|
|Mercurochrome 2%||Lemon||Crayons||Olive Oil|
|Nail Polish Remover||Peroxide||Tomato Catsup|
Maximum temperature of items placed on finish should not exceed 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
*Avoid Dry Dusting/Wiping
Dust and other normally occurring materials in a house contain tiny abrasive particles, much like fine sandpaper. When removed with a dry cloth, they abrade the finish and cause tiny scratches. The result in time is a changed appearance, particularly in the most used areas. Prevent this problem by using a dampened soft cloth. The moistened cloth lubricates the surface, picks up and holds the dust so it is less likely to scratch the finish.
*Keep It Clean
Immediately wiping up spills and splashes with a moistened cloth obviously keeps furniture clean; but more importantly, you can easily avoid burdensome cleaning and finish abuse by not allowing the spill to set up or harden. For most routine cleaning, a soft cloth together with warm soapy water will do the job. The use of well-formulated cleaning product without abrasives can be effective for those tougher cleaning tasks. If using these products, a follow-up with warm, soapy water and soft cloth will help extensively. Remember that it is important to frequently refold to a clean side as the cloth becomes dirty. A soiled, damp cloth can redeposit soil on the finish.
Recommended Care Instructions
*Control The Environment
Your furniture responds to changes in temperature and humidity by expanding and contracting. Keep the indoor humidity in the 35 to 45 percent range to minimize these effects. Ultraviolet light from the sun and fluorescent fixtures can cause chemical changes in the wood and/or finish. Avoid placing furniture in an area where the sun will shine directly on it. Keep furniture away from direct sources of heating and cooling. Avoid storing furniture in an attic or cellar type environment.
*Effects of the Environment
If the humidity moves out of the ideal range, solid wood table tops could expand or contract, causing a gap in the center or at the ends where the two halves met. Uncontrolled humidity conditions can also cause splits or cracks in the grain pattern and joints of the wood panels. These symptoms are the result of an uncontrolled environment and are not considered defective. If the environment is not controlled, these conditions should be appreciated as an inherent characteristic of solid wood
*More Information on Hardwood Furniture
In both the manufacturing and finishing of our furniture, we try to bring forth the character and natural beauty of the wood. When working with hardwood lumber, it is expected that there will be variations in the color and grain of the wood. These variations make it impossible to guarantee an exact match in finish between two pieces of furniture, even though identical finishing process are applied. These characteristic qualities give solid wood furniture its unique charm.
Hardwoods are a natural fiber. Because most solid woods are open grained, your solid wood furniture will breathe, expand, and contract with temperature and humidity changes even after protective finishes have been applied. Care needs to be taken to control the furniture’s environment.
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