Finish & care details

DIFFERENT FINISH OPTIONS

Facts about Hardwax Oil finish

  • water and stain resistant {not waterproof}
  • slight sheen, dulling down to matt with time
  • once-a-year oiling maintenance
  • any scratches or marks can easily be repaired in situ (see care & maintenance)
  • we favour a clear oil for dark timbers & a white oil for light timbers (colour tints optional)

Facts about Natural, water base (Pu) finish

  • long-lasting waterproof finish
  • available in matt / satin / high gloss
  • virtually maintenance free
  • recommended for heavy usage
  • deep scratches cannot be repaired in situ
  • we recommend a water-based coating for lighter timbers & solvent-based coating for darker timber

Facts about Ebonising

  • This is a blackening treatment achieved using a tannin solution, acid solution and black oil
  • For table tops we recommend a final Pu coating to preserve the ebonising treatment

Facts about Grey Fuming

  • This is a colour treatment achieved using a weaker acid solution and tinted oil
  • Same treatment for white fuming furniture

CARE & MAINTENANCE

All timber with an oiled finish:

  • We recommend using only a damp cloth, with a weak detergent if necessary
  • A maintenance oil can be used when the piece begin to look dry. Apply the oil evenly with brush or cloth, and after a few minutes buff with clean cotton cloth
  • Small dents & scratches can be ‘lifted’ with steam from a damp cloth and hot iron. This steamed area can then appear more matt. Sand lightly with 320 grit then re-oil
  • WARNING – Oil soaked cloths must be left outside to dry for 12 hrs before disposing into the dustbin. Risk of spontaneous combustion is very real.

All timber with a water base Pu coating:

  • We recommend cleaning with damp cloth and detergent
  • These pieces do not need a special product. A maintenance oil can be used to bring back a slight sheen