Our oak beam and seasoned oak furniture will look after itself due to its tough nature. The oak beams will have splits and cracks so do not worry about this, it is natural and is how oak behaves as it matures giving it a beautiful rustic look.
Seasoned rustic oak wood has been kiln dried to take out most of the moisture, this type of wood is used in furniture where you don't want a lot of cracks in the wood, bearing this in mind the wood is still not immune to movement as it reacts to its surroundings. If the occurs this is normal as it is a real solid wood and not a composite material designed to resist this as with chipboard and MDF but using these materials make the furniture loose is beauty and warmth this is why we only use solid oak wood in our furniture.
Our oak beam furniture may arrive without any cracks or splits, this doesn't mean they will not occur over time, mainly within the first few weeks while it adjusts to the new temperature it is located in, at this time some shrinkage can also occur. This is all totally normal behaviour for oak beams. People ordering oak beam furniture must bare this in mind before purchasing, if really rustic is what you are after then this is for you.
Our oil finish is the most hardy of the finishes and does not need much care, but adding additional layers over time building up protection for the oak and also to keep up the look. If it gets marked you can sometimes lightly sand the mark and re oil it. Wet marks should be dealt with promptly but ideally mats used as protection.
Wax finishes do not have the same protection as the oil and mats should be used at all times to help avoid rings and damage. The wax can be reapplied as often as you like, this helps keep the oak hydrated and also keep the colour good.
Our guidelines for general care are as follows.
Do not place your furniture near direct heat sources or air conditioning units.
Avoid any very humid atmospheres or any changes in humidity.
Always allow a gap behind large/tall pieces of furniture to allow air circulation.
Wood will mature quicker in direct sunlight, avoid this if possible or protect it if you don't want this to happen.
Always take care when moving furniture, it should be carried rather than dragged or pushed. If moving a table, lift it by the undercarriage. Due to the nature of our oak beam range, most of our items are extremely heavy, and so we never recommend moving any items of this furniture alone.
Pay attention to uneven floors and use feet or packing where necessary.
Don't put hot items directly on to the furniture, always use mats where appropriate.
Any spills should be mopped up promptly.
Avoid the use of strong detergents on wood.
It is advised to keep your heating as low as possible (approx 18 degrees) for as long as possible on delivery of these items as they need to settle and adjust to their new environment. Keeping the heating low will help avoid any excess movements.
Kiln dried furniture.
Ideally treat your furniture with wax polish immediately upon receipt and continue to do so every three months to protect and nourish the wood.
Blot up spills immediately with a soft, slightly damp cloth.
Use coasters, place mats and tablecloths to protect furniture during use.
Place items of furniture in areas which receive direct sunlight, as this can cause fading to the finish.
Place furniture directly next to heating or air conditioning vents.
We advise that all outdoor furniture should be re-oiled every six months to retain its looks and protection.
Use household cleaning products, solvents or cleaners intended for materials other than hardwood furniture, as they are liable to damage the finish.
Customers are advised that as the drying process occurs, the natural tannins in the wood can be drawn out from the bottom of the table legs, and can stain some outdoor surfaces, such as light flagstones or paving. Gravel, Pebble or Grass surfaces are not affected.
Simply rustic oak can not be held responsible for any cracks splits shakes and shrinkage to your oak beam furniture, this is the nature of green oak and what it will do as it matures, if you do not want this to happen please choose kiln dried plank furniture.