Minimal care is needed to keep our products looking beautiful. Simply dust off surface with a dry cloth making sure that it is clean and free of oil and grease. Gently apply a high-quality furniture wax using a cloth or an oil-free, wood finisher’s 0000 steel wool. The wax will be easier to apply if it has been softened in the sun. It is important to wax in small doses to prevent wax buildup. We recommend waxing your furniture with any of the following brands: Goddard’s, Antiquax, or Renaissance Wax.
Apply wax in a long strokes. Do not use floor wax since it is softer and won’t hold up. Liquid wax is only recommended for highly carved wood surfaces and the legs and stretchers of chairs. Buff the dry wax with terry cloth or an old T-shirt, the higher the gloss you want, the softer the material for buffing you use. With regular maintenance, the wood will develop a beautiful patina, to be enjoyed for years to come.
Tables should be waxed with a small amount of light brown or clear wax (depending if you prefer a darker or lighter color of the wood) two or three times per year or as needed depending on the humidity of the area. This will maintain the beauty of the wood and prevent minor cracks. For everyday maintenance use any type of regular furniture spray no wax formula (eg. PLEDGE). It takes out fingerprints, minor scratches and dust. Do not use products containing orange or citrus oil.
Tabletops may expand and contract, in that case you may notice a slight separation of the wood. The table has been ingeniously crafted so that the planks can be tightened from underneath. Hairline cracks may also occur, these are part of the beauty and natural aging process and in no way affect the structural integrity of the piece. If desired, cracks may be filled with MINWAX wood fill.
Black Ironwood furniture finished in wax is heat and moisture sensitive and so trivets and thick placemats should be used to protect the finish. Watermarks may occur and they are simply a neutralization of the wax so they do not affect the wood. If a spill occurs, immediately wipe with a clean dry cotton cloth or a dry paper towel. Due to the neutralizing of the wax, a ring or spot may occur. This can easily be removed by using the following method: Using 0000 steel wool, gently rub the affected area using long even strokes, working with the grain until the stain is removed. By doing this, you are creating friction thereby removing the remaining wax. Then, using a 100% cotton cloth, gently rub the affected area with wax using long even strokes. Continue buffing until the cloth shows no brown wax. The affected area may appear lighter than the rest of the table, but will even out with time as it naturally oxidizes.