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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.

 


Sustainability - How Green. November 05 2014, 1 Comment

 

GREEN.  It has been in fashion for a while.

Associating profit with the equation really gives teeth a potential wimpy notion of green.  

We all know it does matter...

 

But does it matter to our customers, TODAY. As in, will they pay for it?

All good movements need a set of "Ps'"

As a kid, my coach would say, "Proper Practice Promotes Premium Performance." (He had a less "G" rated version as well).

In the sustainability orbit, many conversations revolve around the 3 P's of Profit People and Planet. 

It is all hard to measure, especially when we think about what people will actually PAY for.  

Profit puts the sustainability in GREEN. Below is a guy who feeds his family.  He has the privileged of walking among mist-filled mountain valleys deeply entrenched in his noble work.  If we craft the tables in a way that generates profit, we buy more wood. Maybe he puts his kids through college and they become what they want to be.

Maybe  GREEN does matter.  Maybe Sustainability means something...

 SUSTAIN verb  1.strengthen or support physically or mentally.

 

With great passion, we use Lenga wood, indigenous to the Andean Region of Patagonia, to create all of our pieces. Lenga is harvested under strict sustainable management plans enforced by Chiles's eco-friendly government. Our harvested timbers are moved with oxen, which avoids damage to surrounding flora. Because so few trees are taken, regeneration continues to be a natural process. What remains is an intact, natural, mixed forest.

Trozo End Table

We are proud to be Founding Members of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. The SFC is an independent non-profit coalition of furniture industry leaders. Our mutual mission is to promote sustainable practices within the home furnishings industry. The wood used in our furniture comes from trees managed forests where only a few, select timbers are cut. Our tables last beyond the natural life span of the trees used to make them. 

Portilla Dining Table

Eco-friendly. Green. Sustainable. Eco-Intelligent. These are words intent on describing a concept. In a world full of words, at Patagonia legacy "we let our tables do the talking" - for centuries.

 

For more information about promoting legitimate sustainable practices visit the SFC website.


Wood is Good September 03 2014, 0 Comments