So how do I keep this beautiful piece looking great for many years?
You Don’t Have to be Careful.
You Just Have to Care.
This is how we take care of the solid-wood furniture at our houses:
We know how much effort has gone into using the best products available to insure a finish that will protect the wood craftsmanship of every piece. The finish we use is a post-catalyzed varnish, or conversion varnish. One of the many superior aspects of our varnish is that it is non-yellowing — unlike lacquer. Please note: baby it at your house for the first 30 days — giving the finish time to cure.
We use placemats under rough plates, trivets to protect from the heat of serving dishes, and a tablecloth when we are serving large groups. Outside the kitchen, we don’t use coasters. We just wipe off any condensation when we’re done. We are mindful that any piece used as a work surface could be permanently etched if someone is pressing too hard with a pen or pencil, and pad these surfaces accordingly. We also try not to leave something sitting on our solid-wood furniture for a long time if that piece gets a lot of sun. Some woods, like cherry, tend to change color over time when exposed to light.
Just like us, solid wood furniture is always breathing. Very high levels of humidity can lead to warping and swelling, while very dry air may cause shrinking or cracking. If we are not comfortable with the humidity level, neither are our Simply Amish pieces. We maintain the level of humidity in our homes at around 35 percent.
Just wipe. Things get spilled on our furniture. It happens. We just wipe it off as soon as we are aware of it. The finish does the work. Only prolonged exposure to moisture will damage the furniture.