How to Take Care of Our Solid Hardwood Tables February 02 2017, 0 Comments

1. To clean the finish on your Patagonia Legacy furniture, simply use a small amount of warm water and a mild dish soap. Cleaning furniture with water won't hurt it; just be sure not to soak it. Use a cotton swab for hard to get to areas. Wipe any dirt off the surface with a soft cloth until it comes up fairly clean; then, dry off any residual moisture with a soft cloth.

2. After a good cleaning, the best way to protect the finish is to use a high-quality soft paste wax. Apply a thin coat as directed on the label. Wait five minutes and buff lightly with a soft cloth. For a deep shine, wait another 30 to 60 minutes and buff again with a bit more vigor. 

3. Keep your furniture out of direct sunlight. The temperature of the summer sun coming through a window can rise above 130 degrees. It can damage fine finishes through fading and destroy them over time if the wood dries out and shrinks, causing cracks.

4. Don't place wood furniture near heating units or vents. The dry heat will cause the wood to dry and shrink, leaving cracks. You can use a humidifier in the dry months to bring the moisture to 40 to 45 percent.

 

5. For a quick-fix touch-up, use an appropriate color shoe polish on scratches or use a matching color felt-tip marker. 

6. When polishing metal hardware take it off the furniture first and make a note to remember what piece goes back where. Use a metal polish to get it shining again. Once it's buffed and dry, put it back on, being careful not to scratch the wood. 

7. Our furniture has a protective lacquer finish, which seals the wood for beauty and protection. Polishes and oils will not penetrate the lacquer and don't need to be used.