Our advice for general care are as follows:
Do not place your furniture near direct heat sources or air conditioning units. Room temperatures should not be in excess of 18 degrees celcius, this helps the furniture acclimatize to its surroundings to minimise the movement of the wood. The green oak to crack split and shake and shrink excessively if the guidelines are not followed. We can not be held responsible for any movement of the wood. We recommend that unseasoned products are not placed directly on floors rugs or carpets as they release moisture over time and there is a risk of staining. We can provide protectors if required.
Avoid any humid atmospheres or any changes in humidity. Always allow a gap behind pieces of furniture to allow air circulation.
Wood will mature in colour 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 furniture, most of the 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.
The Oak beams will develop splits, shakes, cracks and will move, don't worry about this, it is natural and is how oak behaves as it matures giving it the rustic look.
The oil finish is the most hardy of the finishes and helps the oak beams stabilize. Ddd additional layers over time to build up protection for the oak and also to keep it looking great.
If it does get marked you can often lightly sand the mark and re oil. Any wet marks should be dealt with immediately, ideally mats should used as protection.
Wax finishes do not have the same protection as the oil. We advise you use mats to help avoid rings and damage. The wax can be applied again when needed, this will help keep the oak hydrated and also keep the furniture looking great.
Simply rustic oak can not be held responsible for any cracks splits shakes and shrinkage to your 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.
This will make your furniture look more rustic, please be aware of this when ordering your furniture if you do not want cracks and splits to develop then please select kiln dried furniture.