Maintenance and Care Instructions
In order to prolong the life of wooden furniture, OKA recommends the following maintenance and care:
- If your wood furniture has a natural finish (e.g. Oak, untreated Elm), use a good quality natural beeswax polish. Every three months polish along the grain and then buff with a clean duster.
- If your wood furniture has an oiled finish you will need to ‘feed’ it with linseed oil every 3-4 months. Make sure you safely dispose the cloths used.
- Wooden products change colour with exposure to both natural and electric light. Rotate any ornaments to avoid patches of colour where an object has stood. Leave dining tables fully extended where possible, or expose the leaves to light so there are no obvious colour differences between them and the rest of the table.
- Wooden furniture is not waterproof, heat resistant or immune to chemicals. Do not put hot dishes or cups on any surface, always use an insulated mat for protection. Don’t use a protective cover containing rubber derivatives – it could react with the finish.
- Sharp objects such as cutlery and pens can score the surface of your furniture, as can crockery being dragged across the top.
- Leaning backwards on two legs of a chair will weaken joints.
- Spills should be removed immediately using a clean cloth.
- Be gentle with your furniture. Never use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids, scouring powders or cream cleaners, which may contain abrasives.
- Some furniture polishes are unsuitable for use on certain surfaces and can degrade the protective layer. Always ensure that polishes are suitable for end use.
- The repeated use of a silicone-based polish is not recommended as this will lead to the build up of a silicone film, which will alter the appearance of the piece.
- If your furniture becomes stained, scratched or chipped, or suffers other damage we recommend professional help is sought to restore it.
- Caution those wearing clothing with transferable dyes, such as blue jeans, that the dye could transfer onto light furniture.
Following the guidelines above will ensure product performance is maintained. OKA is not to be held responsible for defects caused by the misuse of your product.