When positioning your hand-crafted wood furniture item, be sure to protect it from direct sunlight. The UV rays of the sun are very strong and can darken the original stain/color of the wood and also fade the fabric or darken the leather upholstery. Leather furniture is very sensitive to heat and sun damage. Position it away from windows, and from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators and central heating vents. Be sure to dust first, and then protect your wood pieces by using a soft cotton cloth and lemon oil polish. Apply the lemon oil polish to the cloth, not directly onto the wood. Polish in the same direction as the wood grain, not across or in circles, and do not leave any heavy oil residue on the wood piece when finished. Do not over polish.
Rubber, cork, vinyl or plastic products can damage some finishes. Use caution when placing telephones, cell phones, clocks and electronics on a finished surface, as most have rubber or plastic cases or footpads which can react with a lacquer finish. Avoid placing vinyl or cork placemats, coasters or tablecloths directly on a wood surface. To prevent damage, use a protective layer (cotton, linen or felt cloth) between the object and the finish. Use protective padding under these items to avoid damaging the finish. Use caution when placing items that radiate continuous heat on fine wood furniture. For example, some computers or stereos can raise the surface temperature by up to 20 degrees. Prolonged use without protecting the finish may damage your furniture.
Avoid heat and light. In a natural state, wood contains a surprising amount of moisture. Preserving appropriate moisture levels is key to the preservation of fine furniture. Accordingly, position fine wood furniture away from heating vents, fireplaces or radiators. Don’t store fine furniture in attics, where temperature and humidity levels vary widely from summer to winter, day and night. Avoid placing furniture in areas where it will sit in direct sunlight, which can fade fine furniture; use drapes, sheers or protective window films to guard against the sun’s rays. Exposure to moisture, dry air (keep away from the direct air flow of heat vents) direct sunlight, extreme heat or cold should always be avoided. For any spills on a wood surface, immediately wipe the surface with a clean, dry cotton cloth and reapply a coat of lemon oil polish.