Wood is a fibrous and porous organic material that requires specific care and attention to keep it looking its best.
All of our homewares are treated with pure tung oil and beeswax. Both of these products are entirely natural and food-safe. Tung oil is considered to be the most durable of all the natural oils, and is absorbed deep into to the wood to provide lasting protection. The beeswax finish is applied after the tung oil has cured, and forms an elastic, micro-porous surface which protects the wood from external moisture and abrasion while still allowing the wood to breath naturally.
If your piece requires regular cleaning (salad servers or other kitchen wares), hand wash with warm soapy water and dry soon after washing, or let drip dry in a well-ventilated position. Please avoid cleaning your wooden object in the dishwasher: exposure to a dishwasher environment will significantly weaken the wood and can damage your object.
It is best to avoid direct sunlight if possible, and other spaces that are subject to extreme variations in temperature, such as next to a fire place or other heating appliances. Wood is an organic material that naturally expands and contracts in response to its environmental conditions. Extreme heat will cause the wood to contract suddenly, which will likely cause cracks or splits to appear over time.
Reapplying oils and waxes
As stated above, all of our homewares are treated with pure tung oil and beeswax. Although this is one of the most durable of natural treatments, wooden objects finished with oil and waxes will, over time, start to lose their smooth texture and luster with prolonged use and enjoyment.
When you notice that your object is starting to dry out and lose some of its smoothness and luster, you can apply a fresh coat of natural beeswax to return your piece to its original condition. You will need to work the beeswax cream into the wood with a lint-free cloth, allowing the wax to penetrate the entire surface of your object. You will then take another clean, lint-free cloth and buff the surface of your object until you achieve a satisfactory luster.
If your piece has been washed multiple times with water, or comes into prolonged contact with water, it is normal for the fiber of the wood to become slightly raised, which may appear as unsatisfactory markings on the surface of your piece. These raised fibers can be removed by giving the surface of the wood a light sand with a fine grade of sandpaper (between 400-600 grit), and reapplying natural beeswax.
All of our pieces of furniture are finished with an environmentally responsible osmo oil. Osmo oil is a carefully engineered blend of oils and waxes specifically designed for the preservation and aesthetic enhancement of interior timbers. This product is widely known to be an effective natural alternative to polyurethane – it is considered to be as durable as polyurethane products, while being far easier to repair when scratched or worn. The oils penetrate into the porous wood surface, protecting the wood from deep within. The blend of waxes form an elastic, micro porous surface, which protects the wood from external moisture and abrasion while still allowing the wood to breath (absorb and release moisture) naturally. The oils and waxes in osmo oil are derived from natural sources, which means there are no nasty chemicals or toxins in the product – once dry osmo oil is entirely food safe.
Your piece of furniture can be regularly cleaned / dusted with a damp cloth. It is best to use natural, plant-based cleaners, rather than cleaners with a chemical base. Chemical-based detergents may have a corrosive effect on the oil-wax finish.
Please try to avoid exposing your piece of furniture to extreme temperatures – such as direct and prolonged sunlight, or close proximity to household heating appliances. Wood is an organic material that naturally expands and contracts in response to its environmental conditions. Extreme heat will cause the wood to contract suddenly, which will likely cause cracks or splits to appear over time.
Reapplying osmo oil
Although the osmo oil treatment is exceptionally durable and hardwearing, wooden furniture finished with oils and waxes will, over time, start to lose its smooth texture and luster with prolonged use and enjoyment. For detailed information on osmo oil, including reapplication, restoration and touch-up guidelines please see the following link: https://www.osmo.co.nz/product/Polyx%C2%AE-Oil