Below are some tips and knowledge regarding the characteristics and maintenance of solid wood furniture.
Wood Furniture Care and Maintenance Tips
At Willow Groove, we take pride in building strong relationships with our suppliers and only source quality material. All of our live edge furniture pieces are made for easy care and built to last a lifetime. Our products are constructed and designed from 100% organic solid slabs of wood that are carefully and professionally dried. Some of the material we have sourced has even been naturally dried, sitting for sometimes 50+ years. All pieces are tested for moisture content prior to any build and we ensure they are between 6-8%. This ensures there is little moisture in the wood before your design is complete and ready to use. You may notice wood with cracks, twists and colour differences. This is completely normal and is part of the character of wood and is not considered a defect in material. Solid wood adjusts different times of the year to the moisture content of the air and therefor will adjust to the moisture content of your home and it surroundings. You may notice your slab furniture piece move slightly or develop small cracks or dips/curves. This is also normal. Furniture made with organic wood will have movement during its life and this is just the nature and uniqueness of natural wood slab furniture. If your home is quite dry, it may cause the wood to move or crack more than a home with proper humidity levels. Keep in mind that wood does have a life of its own and even with proper measures taken in the environment and by our team in the design process, you may notice some movement. Most customers just leave it alone and let it move naturally.
We like to ensure the natural look of the furniture and always use a clear wood finish using a catalyzed lacquer that results in a premium quality finish. It ensures the surface is hard, durable and moisture resistance. The customer may choose which sheen they wish to have on their custom order.
To take care of your beautiful one of a kind piece of live edge furniture, it takes only a bit of love and attention.
~ To clean your table, wipe with a slightly damp cloth. You may use a bit of mild soap or detergent. Once cleaned, wipe with a dry cloth to ensure no moisture is left. If you spill, wipe it up immediately. That's it! Your furniture will not stain easily, however spills left for long periods can leave ring marks or stain the colour.
~ No polishing, staining, or coating of any kind is ever required. In fact, to keep the natural look, and have your furniture for MANY years to come - just follow the simple cleaning instructions above. It's a piece of nature and doesn't need high maintenance.
Feel free to contact the team with any questions you may have.