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reclaimed wood aftercare

Aftercare: How to Treat and Maintain Your Reclaimed Wooden Furniture

In the realm of sustainable living, reclaimed wooden furniture has notably paved its way in many homes as not only a visually appealing but also an earth-friendly choice. Therefore, providing appropriate aftercare for these beautiful pieces becomes essential to maintain their allure and durability. 

For indoor furniture pieces, we recommend products like Fiddes wax, Osmo oil, and natural Danish oil to be your trustworthy sidekicks. For those outdoor sets, you should consider the Barrettine wood preserver followed by Barrettine decking oil for an optimal protective layer. 

Check out these finishes on some of our furniture here.

Keeping on top of the aftercare of reclaimed wooden furniture might initially appear intimidating, especially due to the various products available. However, through this article, you’ll learn how to use these products, when and why they should be applied, and other helpful tips on taking care of your environmentally friendly pieces.

Let’s get started! 

Using Correct Products for Your Wooden Furniture 

Every piece of reclaimed wooden furniture has a unique personality. Different species of wood have distinct characteristics that require precise care products. Being well-informed about them can help you select the appropriate product. If your furniture has been previously finished with a stain, wax or other finish, it is important to find out what has been used. It is generally recommended to use the same when reapplying.

That being said, it is possible to use different products, but this will depend on what was applied first. If you are unsure, speak to the previous manufacturer or talk to us 😊

Fiddes Wax works an absolute marvel on all types of reclaimed wooden furniture. It is easy to apply with a soft cloth and buffs to a fine, lasting sheen, offering protection against everyday wear and tear.

Opt for Osmo oil if your furniture is exposed to severe stains and marks. It penetrates the wood, providing long-lasting protection from both exterior and interior damage.

For a satin finish and an enriching nourishment, apply the Natural Danish oil. It enhances the grain and texture of your sustainable wood furniture. 

Preserving Outdoor Wooden Furniture Pieces

Outdoor wooden furniture needs to withstand varying weather patterns.

Utilising a product like Barrettine Wood Preserver will ensure resilience against years of outdoor elements. Using a preserver on outdoor wood is essential for protecting it from the UK’s harsh weather, deterring pests, and preventing fungal growth.

For further protection and a pleasing finish, the Barrettine Decking Oil is another smart choice that revitalises the wood, making it look new.  It is also needed to enhance the wood’s resilience against weathering, which helps repel water and UV damage.

When to Apply These Aftercare Products? 

Generally, it’s recommended to apply aftercare products to your wooden furniture every six months to a year. However, the treatment may need to be performed more frequently in high-usage areas, like dining tables and outdoor furniture.  

Remember that the treatment application’s timing may be determined mainly by the kind of product you’re using. Always make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions included with the product that you’ve chosen. 

It’s not just about when you apply these applications but also how you apply them. 

Applying Treatments Correctly 

Just as a proper diet and exercise routine results in a healthier body, the correctly applied treatment ensures the longevity of your reclaimed wooden furniture. But what does ‘correct application’ mean? 

Essentially, a correct application means abiding by a structured process. Regardless of the product, you generally follow a similar series of steps: 

  1. Ensure the furniture is clean: Use a soft, damp cloth to clear away any dust or dirt on the surface. Leaving particles on the surface can scratch the wood during the treatment process.
  2. Apply the treatment evenly: Too little will not provide sufficient protection, and too much can create a sticky surface, attracting dust and dirt.
  3. Allow it to soak in: Products like wood oil and wax need time to penetrate the wood surface. Allow it to soak in before continuing.
  4. Wipe off excess: After you’ve given the treatment enough time to absorb, lightly buff off any remaining product using a clean, dry cloth.

Helpful Tips for Maintaining Your Reclaimed Wooden Furniture 

  1. Always use coasters or placemats to protect the furniture surface from hot or cold items.
  2. Try to keep your reclaimed wood furniture away from prolonged direct sunlight. This will prevent the wood from drying out and cracking.
  3. Remove spills immediately using a clean, dry cloth to avoid stains.
  4. Regularly dust your furniture with a soft, dry cloth, and avoid using abrasive cleaning tools or harsh chemicals.

Avoiding Direct Sunlight and Heat 

If you’re serious about safeguarding your reclaimed wood furniture, take note of this next tip. Keep furniture away from direct sunlight and heat sources, such as radiators or fireplaces. Why, you ask? 

Continuous exposure to heat or sun can cause severe damage, leading to fading, drying out, and even splitting of the wood. So try to place your furniture in spaces where the sunlight and heat are diffused or, even better, entirely blocked. 

Regular Inspections 

Lastly, make regular checks of your reclaimed wood furniture a habit. Inspect for any signs of fading, cracking, or infestation. Detecting these issues early on can prevent further damage and maintain your furniture’s longevity and aesthetics. 

Remember, your reclaimed wood furniture is not just a piece of décor but an embodiment of history, character, and life. It deserves the best of care to retain its charm and age beautifully.

Look After Your Furniture 

In conclusion, caring for your reclaimed wooden furniture is a delightful journey that incorporates choosing the right products, preserving outdoor pieces appropriately, timing your treatments impeccably, and applying them correctly.

Regularly inspect your furniture for possible issues, address blemishes promptly, and always avoid exposing your pieces to direct sunlight and heat.

By observing these maintenance tips, your prized pieces will continue to enhance your space with their unique character and history, resonating with timeless beauty.

Remember, reclaimed wooden furniture pieces are historical treasures that have been brought back to life. Their charm and beauty will only increase with time if treated with love and care.

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