The beauty of working with reclaimed timbers is the life they’ve had prior to being turned into a piece of furniture. We work with Australian timbers that date anywhere from 30 to 150 years old. Your YARD piece is made and designed to last a lifetime, and if cared for properly, it will do exactly that. One of the questions we’re asked frequently is how do you care for reclaimed timber furniture? We’ve put together a brief guide how to care for your YARD pieces- from dining tables to bathroom vanities, and how to maintain the timber and finish over time. KNOW WHAT YOU’RE WORKING WITH We use a hardwax oil called Osmo Poly-X oil to finish our pieces. Poly-X includes linseed, sunflower and thistle oil, is classified food safe when dry and is used in both flooring and furniture. HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR YARD PIECE Keeping it simple is the best approach to looking after a piece finished in hardwax oil. Ensuring the piece is kept and maintaining the wax layer will ensure your furniture piece looks great over time. When your furniture first arrives home it’s important to take some additional care while the Osmo finish is still in its curing process. Avoid placing hot items like oven trays or casserole dishes directly on surfaces, and take care with abrasive objects like pottery when placing on surfaces. CLEANING GENERAL Using a damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth to clean any spills is suffice in most instances. Use a gentle cleaner only- we recommend Osmo Interior Spray Cleaner which has been designed for use with Osmo products. Avoid using alcohol or solvent based cleaners as these will damage the finish. DINING TABLES Avoid placing hot objects like pots and cooking items directly onto timber surfaces. They can burn the timber and damage the finish. Mugs and plates are safe to place directly on tables, however if you want to increase the longevity placemats are recommended. BATHROOM VANITIES Take care to not let water pool on bathroom vanities for too long which can cause water damage, and is generally not covered under warranties. Try to wipe spills and water immediately followed by a dry cloth. Wiping down vanities with a damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth is recommended for general cleaning, while using a specialised cleaning product (Osmo Interior Spray Cleaner if your vanity is finished in Osmo) is recommended if you’re wanting to clean and also protect the surface. HEAT/AIR CONDITIONING, MOISTURE & DRYNESS Timber is a natural product that expands and contracts over its lifetime. Placing it directly in front of heating or cooling systems can shrink glues, and draw moisture from the timber, which causes it to move and shrink. Where possible, try to place your furniture away from a heating or cooling source avoid positioning your piece of furniture directly underneath or in front of heating or cooling sources. DIRECT SUNLIGHT Long periods of direct sunlight will naturally change the colour of timber. Different timbers respond to UV differently, even if they receive the same amount of light. The positioning of your furniture piece is something to keep in mind if you have spaces that receive long periods of intense afternoon sunlight. UV, along with the timber’s environment plays a role in the yellowing off of timber. All timber, regardless of tone and finish will “yellow off over time”. Lighter timbers will yellow off, while darker timbers develop richer tones. Again, because timber is a living, breathing material it will change over its lifetime. Considering its placement in relation to heat, cooling and sunlight to attempt to give it a consistent environment is a good step to managing how it ages. MAINTENANCE & HOW TO REPAIR DAMAGE MAINTENANCE Every 12-18 months a Liquid Wax Cleaner can be used to rejuvenate your furniture piece and will address light scratches, light wear and some stains. Liquid Wax Cleaner can be buffed in by hand using a soft lint free cloth. A dining table or vanity may require more frequent maintenance than an entertainment unit or bed head. naturaltimberoils.com.au/timber-oils/brands/osmo-maintenance-products/liquid-wax-cleaner/ REPAIRS One of the benefits of finishing a piece of furniture with hardwax oil is the ability to spot treat areas that are scratched without having to refinish the entire piece of furniture- and the best part is it’s DIY friendly. The Osmo Australia website has a short video to demonstrate the technique for repairing a deep scratch. As PolyX oil is designed for both floors and furniture pieces the example of a floor is shown, however the technique also applies to furniture pieces. osmoaustralia.com.au/learn/how-to-videos/ Natural timber Oils are a stockist for Osmo, and can assist with answering questions around repairs.