When it comes to your home, there’s nothing more quintessentially British than beautifully crafted oak furniture.
A highly versatile material, oak has been a popular choice for many centuries. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, it is renowned for its strength and durability – making it the perfect solution for both interior and exterior furnishings.
Although not difficult to maintain, you must look after your oak if you want to maintain its rustic, hardy beauty. Here are a few tips to help you look after oak and keep it in tip top condition:
Clean your oak regularly
Oak is a porous material which means it can stain easily unless sealed, but approach with caution when attempting to remove any marks caused by spills. Common household cleaners are likely to damage the finish of oak furniture, either by leaving behind a buildup of oily residue, or by gradually stripping the oak over time.
For everyday cleaning, simply give the surfaces a once over with a clean, damp cloth. For spills, try and catch the offending substance as early as possible because oak will easily soak up any liquid it comes into contact with. Use a clean, dry cloth and blot the area gently until all the excess has been absorbed. For more serious stains and blemishes, we recommend contacting a professional to restore your furniture to its peak condition.
Waxing or oiling
Oak furniture is hard wearing and its not necessary to regularly oil or wax your furniture unless you want to. Waxes act as a feed, bringing the grain forward and altering the colour slightly. Oak itself naturally deepens in colour over years as it acclimatises to its new environment.
Avoid direct sunlight, heat and moisture
Unless specifically designed for outdoor use, oak furniture should be kept inside so as to protect it from the elements. Oak can be sensitive to extreme temperature swings, moisture and heat – especially when exposed to for a prolonged period.
These easy to implement tips truly will make the world of difference to your home furnishings – you and your oak can thank us later!