Preserving the Beauty of Your Furniture
Follow these simple guidelines to help keep your furniture as beautiful for the next generations as it is today. Amish hand-crafted furniture represents exceptional craftsmanship and timeless beauty. By following these care instructions, you can ensure that your furniture remains in excellent condition for years to come.
1. Immediate Spill Cleanup
Wipe away any spilled liquids as soon as you discover them. Prompt action will prevent stains and damage to the wood. Use a clean, absorbent cloth to blot the spill gently. Avoid rubbing, as it can spread the liquid and cause further damage.
2. Regular Dusting
Dust your furniture frequently with a soft, damp cloth. This will remove dust particles that can accumulate and potentially scratch the surface. Gently wipe the furniture in the direction of the wood grain to avoid causing any scratches or abrasions.
3. Protection from Dinnerware
It is highly recommended to use a tablecloth, placemats, or other protective barriers between dinnerware and your wood tabletops to prevent scratches. These barriers act as a cushion and protect the furniture's surface from any accidental impact or scratching.
4. Avoid Harmful Products
Do not use products containing alcohol or acetone directly on the furniture, as they can cause damage to the finish. Additionally, avoid using polish containing silicone, as it may cause clouding under the finish. Stick to gentle, wood-friendly cleaning solutions.
5. Lemon Oil Treatment
With a small quantity of lemon oil on a soft, lint-free cloth, wipe your furniture down completely. Lemon oil helps nourish the wood and adds a natural shine. After applying the oil, follow up with a clean, dry cloth to remove any excess. Repeat this process every two months, ensuring you don't overlook shelves and interiors.
6. Protection from Sunlight and Extreme Temperatures
Your furniture should not be exposed to prolonged, direct sunlight, as it can cause fading and discoloration. Additionally, keep your furniture away from radiators, heating ducts, fireplaces, and any other areas of extreme warm or cold. These conditions can lead to wood expansion, contraction, and damage.
7. Maintain Stable Temperature and Humidity
Maintain a fairly constant environmental temperature and humidity (35-50% is recommended). Major changes in these conditions can cause the wood to expand or contract beyond its normal tendencies. This may result in the separation of wood joints and cracking. Use a humidifier during excessively dry periods in the winter months and a dehumidifier during the humid summer months to maintain an appropriate humidity level.