Wood is a natural living product,
therefore, wood furniture will "breathe" in response
to changes in the atmosphere. Rapid or extreme fluctuation in
temperature, humidity or direct sunlight may cause cracking, splitting,
and/or warping of the piece.Wood as a plant contains water in
its structure. Throughout our manufacturing process, substantial
amount of water would have been eliminated from the wood to make
it stable. However, wood still expands or contracts as related
to the relative humidity in the air. One exception is wood that
has undergone chemical treatment.
The design of Chinese furniture
has already catered to this behavior of wood. In particular, a
large surface is usually made with floating panel framed by wood
members on four sides. The floating panel can expand or contract
but still has its surface secure and intact. In an extremely dry
environment, the contraction, however, might reveal certain "un-colored"
portion of the tongue that is inserted into the wood members.
If the furniture is moved to a higher humidity environment, the
wood will expand and the "un-colored" portion will be
concealed again. This is a normal behavior for Chinese furniture.
The ideal condition for furniture
is a stable atmosphere with relative humidity fluctuations of
40 - 70 percent, and a temperature from 60 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit.Operating
a humidifier or putting a glass of water inside or underneath
the furniture may help to maintain humidity.
Strong sunlight can cause fading
or other changes. If you leave objects in a permanent position
on the furniture, uneven fading may also occur.Avoid placing furniture
next to radiators, hot air vents, air conditioners, or open windows.
Do not place hot containers directly onto the surface of the furniture.
Careless handling of the furniture
may also cause damage.
Wood is an organic substance, and
each species of wood has individual characteristics such as color,
texture, and smell. We apply appropriate finishes on each piece
with those characteristics in mind, so the finish and the design
of the wood enhance one another and work together harmoniously.
Use dry cloth, soft brush or the
brush of a vacuum cleaner to remove dust on the furniture. If
needed, use a dry or mild damp cloth to wipe away dirt or stains.
This is the only cleaning you need for the furniture. Never use
too much water to clean the furniture.
There is normally no need to re-wax
the furniture very offen . Just wiping with a dry cloth can restore
the shimmer. However, if there has been too much stain on the
surface, or the furniture has lost its shimmer altogether, re-wax
is then needed. Use only a thin layer of soft "paste like" furniture wax. High quality furniture beeswax is easily available
in the market. Never use the spray type furniture wax, otherwise
you will have to say good-bye to the beautiful furniture color.
For certain finish of our pieces
, the paint and color is made very thin to best reveal the
wood grains. The furniture surfaces therefore cannot withstand
too much scratching. So if objects such as lamps or vases are
to be placed on furniture top, it is highly recommended to shield
them with soft padding on their bottom surfaces.
Do not use abrasive kitchen cleaners,
as they will scratch the surface.
Do not use chemicals or other commercial
cleaners on furniture.
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