Maintaining your table

Rather than using toxic lacquers and polyurethane coatings, we use natural stains and oils made in New Zealand.

A lot of timber tables you can purchase in stores or online will have a polyurethane or lacquer finish. We don’t believe that those toxic products do the health of our family 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 a polyurethane or lacquer finish might look like glass on day one, but will start looking damaged as soon as there are small marks or scratches on it. A stained and oiled finish, such as what 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. 


In order to keep your table looking it’s best for longer, see the following points:

  • Do not use any harsh chemical or abrasive cleaners on the timber. We suggest only using a damp cloth with water to wipe the table down after each use and immediately after any spills.

  • Do not place very hot items such as pots and oven trays directly on the wooden top.

  • Once per month, use a ratio of 1:1 Microwax to water in a spray bottle and a damp cloth to spray and coat the top. Allow to dry for 20 minutes, and buff back with a dry cotton rag. Microwax can be purchased from Health Based Building delivered free to your home via this link. (Note, Milky Wax provided with orders is a 1:1 mix)


For exterior furniture, see the following in addition to the points above:

  • In the winter months or during heavy rain, cover the furniture with a waterproof tarp when not in use to extend the life of the furniture

  • Coat your new furniture after 3 months, and again every 6-12 months or as needed when showing signs of degradation. Use Natural Paint Company Exterior Stain, contact them here to order. 

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 the 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.

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!