Maintaining your table
How to and guidance
A lot of finished timber tables will have a polyurethane or lacquer finish. We don’t believe that these toxic products do the health of our families or the planet any good. Aside from the fact that it’s toxic, it also doesn’t make timber furniture look better in the long run.
The difference is that while a polyurethane or lacquer finish might look like glass on day one, it can start looking damaged as soon as there are small marks or scratches on it. On the other hand, a stained and oiled finish like the ones we use might look less “perfect” on day one, but it wears in, not out. Similar to an old wooden church floor or a leather jacket, it builds character with age that becomes a part of the table.
Maintaining your interior table with Microwax will continue adding a protective layer over time to increase the life of the table, as well as filling in any micro scratches and dents. Your timber contains natural oils that may fade slowly over time to a natural patina, which is normal.
Note that due to the harsh weather conditions in New Zealand, any timber furniture left outside can be expected to show signs of degradation including warping, twisting and cracking. This is the reality of much of the exterior furniture you will see around the country. While our furniture is designed to be left outside, the best thing you can do to minimise and slow down the effects of the elements on timber is to maintain it as per the above instructions and completely cover it when not in use. There is no need to use Microwax/Milky Wax for exterior tables.
Let us know if you have any questions. We also provide a care, coat and repair service should you ever need it.
Thank you so much for choosing local, natural and healthy furniture. Feel free to send us a photo when it’s in your space!