To maintain the beautiful appearance of your furniture for years to come, please follow a few general guidelines.
- Dust frequently. We recommend using a slightly damp cloth followed by a dry cloth to remove dust. Use a soft cloth and work with the grain of the wood.
- Choose your wood care products carefully! Although a damp cloth will do the trick, we know it’s hard to resist the urge to polish your brand new furniture! We recommend using Guardsman Furniture Polish. AVOID polishes that contain wax or silicone (such as Endust & Pledge). These products will leave a filmy residue, create a waxy build up and can soften/scratch your finish over time. DO NOT use cleaners containing abrasives, bleach or ammonia. DO NOT use soaps or oils on your Amish furniture.
- Remember to never place a hot or cold plate directly on the wood. If it’s too hot/cold for your hands, it’s too hot/cold for the wood.
- Clean up spills/condensation. Your furniture is resistant to most household spills (up to a point), but it’s always best to wipe up any spills quickly to prevent potential damage.
- Use felt pads to prevent scratching. Remember, the finish is scratch resistant, not scratch proof.
- Keep furniture out of direct sunlight.
- Beware of the little rubber feet on some household electronics. They can permanently discolor your finish. Be sure to put felt pads on all feet.
- Keep plastics, wet newspaper and magazines away from the wood. They will react with the finish and can transfer ink to the wood.
- Avoid extremes in humidity & temperature. This can cause the wood to warp and damage the finish. Please keep in mind, wood is a natural product and can expand or contract as the seasons change. When the humidity is high, you might see little gaps between the leaves in the middle of the table. When it is low, you might notice little gaps between the leaves towards the outer edges of the table. This is nothing to be alarmed about, your table might go through this as the seasons change.