HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR SLEEPER WOOD FURNITURE

To get the best out of your furniture and improve the quality you need to look after it.

Like anything natural, a little bit of love, attention and care can bring you years of enjoyment. More so with sleeper wood.

Applying the following rules will ensure that your furniture grows with splendor and beauty and will give you more pleasure as time goes by:

1. Do not leave the wood in direct sunlight. The wood will fade and get a whitish color.
2. Oiling your furniture to bring out the colors and allow the wood to settle, is very important. Use a good quality natural oil like teak oil, tung oil,  linseed oil and lemon oil. When purchasing oil, pay careful attention to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Simply apply with a soft, lint free cloth and leave for 5-10 minutes for the oil to penetrate, before removing any excess. Leave for a further 30 minutes and wipe dry. Please be aware that this process may darken the look of your furniture and should be tested on a non-visible surface.  When the furniture is new and comes from the factory floor:

  • Oil the furniture once a day for 7 days.
  • Follow this up with once a week for 8 weeks.
  • Thereafter once a month or when the furniture starts to look dull, will be sufficient to keep it in good condition.
3. When eating a meal or entertaining guests, use a tablecloth or placemats to protect the finishes of a wood table, especially when serving hot food.
4. Use coasters beneath all glasses and mugs to protect your coffee table, dining room table and wood dressers from unsightly rings and water spots.  Beware, because not all coasters are created equal. Metal coasters can sweat onto the wood, and plastic coasters can react with certain finishes on some wood furniture pieces. So consider choosing wooden coasters with felt backing and a waterproof material on top to further ensure the longevity of your wood table tops. The best coasters are those that taper up on the sides, preventing leakage.
5. Stay away from cleaning materials that contains silicone or alcohol. Alcohol can do permanent damage to a wood surface, as can any household cleaners that contains ammonia