KEEPING YOUR FURNITURE BEAUTIFUL
Quality wood furniture is a significant investment expected to last for generations. To maintain its beauty and help it last, wood furniture needs the right care. AKBIK Furniture products are finished with two to three coats of lacquer for extra depth and long-lasting durability. The sheen, or gloss, of the finish ranges from high to low, depending on the piece. The finish protects the wood and adds to its beauty. No finish is totally indestructible. But with regular care, the finish will last much longer, providing years of enjoyment to you.
TO PROTECT AND CARE FOR YOUR FURNITURE, WE SUGGEST THE FOLLOWING:
Avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight, as sunlight causes fading. Avoid extreme changes in temperature by arranging furniture away from radiators, heat and air vents and air conditioning units. Avoid placing plastic or rubber materials (lamp bases, notebooks, placemats, etc.) on your furniture, as certain plastics contain ingredients that may damage the finish. Periodically rotate accessories on furniture so they do not sit in the same spot all the time. Use pads, cloth or felt to protect the furniture surface from plastic, rubber, hot dishes, beverages, bookends, flowerpots and vases. Clean up spills immediately. Use a blotting rather than a wiping action. Water left over a long period of time will cause white spots in the finish. Alcohol, perfume, after-shave and medications can cause severe finish damage. Use a protective pad when writing with a ballpoint pen on the furniture surface. Lift and place objects rather than dragging them across the furniture surface. Avoid placing furniture directly under windows.
CLEANING AND POLISHING YOUR FURNITURE
We recommend dusting frequently with a clean, soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Clean the surface by rubbing in the direction of the grain. We recommend polishing your furniture approximately every six months, using a clean, soft, lint-free cloth and rubbing the polish in the direction of the grain. Be especially careful to avoid scratching finishes by using a feather duster or very soft, clean cloths and wiping with minimal pressure.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN TYPES OF FURNITURE CARE PRODUCTS, AND WHICH ONE DO YOU RECOMMEND?
There are three basic types of furniture care products: silicone cleaners, waxes and polishes. We recommend avoiding silicone cleaners and waxes. While silicone cleaners create a high degree of shine, silicone seeps into even the highest-quality finishes, creating a barrier that will not accept stain or lacquer. This makes it virtually impossible to re-finish or touch-up your furniture. Waxes should be avoided because their regular use may result in a build-up of wax film on the surface of the furniture. This build-up could actually attract dirt, smoke and other pollutants in the air, resulting in smudges and streaks. Also, many waxes contain grit that can permanently damage furniture surfaces if used improperly. Polishes, which we recommend, contain detergents, emulsifiers and mineral oil. The detergents clean dirt from the furniture, the emulsifiers give it body to clean and last longer and the mineral oil is left behind as a barrier for dirt and moisture that could harm finishes. There's no grit to harm the finish, no wax to build up and no silicone to raise the sheen and act as a barrier for touch-up and refinishing.
Cleaning wood inlaid Furniture:
The main constituent of mother-of-pearl is calcium carbonate, so keep it away from acids, or it will disintegrate. Avoid soaking it in water, which could loosen the glue holding inlays in place. CLEANING METHODS Apply a small amount of light Lemon Oil Furniture Treatment to a dry, clean, soft cloth. Rub the wax over the inlaid furniture. This will restore shine that was lost when the surface was covered in dirt and debrish. Buff the excess oil with another clean cloth. Apply a small amount of Bee's Wax to a dry, clean, soft cloth. Rub the wax over the inlaid furniture. This will restore shine that was lost when the piece was covered in dirt and debris. Buff the excess wax off with another clean cloth. WEEKLY CLEANING Wipe with a furniture oil damp soft cloth. For a slightly deeper clean, use a soft cloth that is slightly dampened with a light environmental friendly cleaning soap and water mixture. It is recommended that you barely spray your soft cleaning cloth with this oil. Keep in mind that you just want enough to be able to pick up some heavier dirt. Do not spray directly onto your furniture. Wipe off with cloth. Wax with Lemon Oil or Bee's Wax as described above at least once a year.
Guardsman furniture polish or any furniture polish that doesn't contain silicone is recommended.
Use mild, non-abrasive detergent and water Removing Stains from Marble: Use soap and water or stain removing poulticing powders from your local home improvement center.