Winter Care for solid wood Furniture
As Winter is approaching, we would like to remind our client to take proper care take of the environment the wood lives, in the winter month when heating systems run, the relative humidity of a home's indoor air can plummet to 13 percent or less--drier than Death Valley. That dry air steals moisture wherever it can--walls, floors and furniture. Dry indoor air can suck enough moisture from its surroundings to do permanent damage to wood, causing it to crack or split.
To help protect your wood furniture from the effects of winter's desiccating dryness, take these steps:
1. Change your thermostat settings gradually as the seasons change. We recommend placing solid wood furniture in room temperature (68 – 72 degrees Fahrenheit) with a relative humidity between 40-45%. Use a humidifier, preferably one with an automatic control system that can sense the humidity level and adjust itself accordingly.
2. Carefully consider the placement of your furniture. Avoid direct sunlight, heat sources, and bright lighting. Also, do not place solid wood furniture within close proximity to radiators, heating vents, space heaters, ovens, or wood burning stoves.
3. As wood is a natural material, it needs to breath, and live in an environment that will let them thrive, do not use vinyl table cloths and/or glass tops on your solid wood furniture especially table tops, as these things might cause the wood to warp and crack.
4. Rub it thoroughly with a good-quality furniture polish to help protect it. We recommend fed-e-wax. Rubbing it along the grain of the wood, it nourishes the wood and helps to condition the wood.