Ø The color and structure of the wood varies
because of the difference in growth conditions. The soil, the temperature
and the quantity of rain have a direct influence on the appearance of the tree.
A tree used for furniture has often grown for more than 100 years, i.e. for more
than four generations. During this time, it has been exposed to many things to
affect its appearance and enhance its unique diversity.
Ø After cutting down the tree, the log is cut into planks that are
divided into boards. The appearance of the boards depends on where in the log
they are cut from.
Wood has knots. This is not a flaw
but simply the natural marking of where the branch was attached to the trunk.
Each piece of furniture is therefore unique as the graining, structure and
color are created – designed – by nature.
Ø This is precisely what makes wood so fascinating and well suited
for furniture. Minor variations in color and structure can therefore not be
considered a flaw but indicate that each single part comes from different
cuttings in the log or from different trees.
Wood is a living material - continuing after the tree has been felled - and is affected by
the humidity in air and temperature. Wood used for furniture production has
been dried to be in balance with the average indoor climate - i.e. a room
temperature of approx. 20 deg. C and an air humidity of approx. 50%. Wood has
the ability to absorb and emit moisture depending on its surroundings. As a result,
wood will expand in moist periods and contract in dry ones. In other places of
the world there may be even larger fluctuations in temperature and
Ø This applies for both veneered and solid furniture, but
especially solid furniture is sensitive to such fluctuations.
Ø Some wood sorts change color after unpacking. Sunlight triggers
this process. The more sunlight, the more change in color. If you want to delay
the process, do not expose your furniture to direct sunlight. In order to avoid
markings from dishes, vases etc. make sure to move them regularly. When
supplementing your furniture, please be aware that there will be a color
difference between new and previously purchased items.
WHERE TO USE YOUR FURNITURE?
Ø If you want the extension leaves to change in color concurrently
with the tabletop, you must keep your table extended with all the leaves.
Ø If the table is exposed to an uneven influence of light, it is a
good idea once in a while to turn it 180 degrees, so that both ends get equal
amount of light. Sun and heat dry out wood and may cause cracking.
Ø Never use indoor furniture outside. Major deviations from normal indoor climate may damage the
furniture. We therefore recommend that you get a hygrometer to control the
Ø An oil treated piece of furniture has had a natural treatment
that gives a rustic appearance.
Ø Oil treatment enhances the natural differences of the wood
and just as various parts of an item will absorb the oil differently, they
may also dry out in a different pace, giving the item an uneven
appearance. This is natural and is evened out at further oil treatment. It
may therefore be necessary to oil before use.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Ø In order to protect the tabletop against dirt and moisture, we
recommend that you maintain the table with a high quality furniture oil for
Ø As the procedure for applying oil to the table may vary from
product to product, we recommend that you follow the maintenance instructions
accompanying the oil product chosen.
Ø We recommend Natural oil or White oil for maintaining oil
Ø DAILY CLEANING
Ø For daily cleaning wipe the
furniture with a clean, dry cloth or a cloth well wrung out in lukewarm
water (if necessary added a few drops of washing-up liquid per liter of
water), followed by wiping with a clean, dry cloth.
ADVICE AND SIMPLE RULES TAKE GOOD CARE
Ø Sound traditions and experience have been inherited and our long
history has given us know-how about furniture and its maintenance, which we
would like to share with you. If you follow our instructions and these basic
rules, you can enjoy your furniture for many years to come.
Ø Do not place hot items directly on
Ø Use coasters to
protect the surface against hot, damp and colored objects (color may come off).
Do not use cork coasters as damp can pass right through and into the surface of
Ø Always protect the
surface when using sharp utensils.
Ø Moisture is the worst
enemy of all wooden furniture and therefore any split liquid must be wiped off
immediately. The table top should not be covered with an airtight material such
as plastic or an oilcloth for more than 12 hours.
Ø Never place furniture
too close to radiators or heaters.
Ø In order to keep the
color of the wood, direct sunlight should be avoided as much as possible.
Ø If in doubt, ask LIVINGROOM.