The important thing to remember about all wood is that it was a living organism. Just like you, plants are made of cells that contain a lot of water and just like you would dry out in a desert, so will your wood furniture. We coat wood with different protective coatings to try to keep the moisture at the proper level. Too much moisture and the cells will swell, too little and they will shrink to the point cracks, that can lead to splitting occur.
Furniture oils and waxes both create a protective barrier between the wood and the air and as with any debate people tend to defend their choice with vehemence.
So, how do you choose?
- Furniture oils must be applied often, but the application is quite painless.
- Furniture wax or paste wax creates a harder finish that can last up to a year on high use furniture (like tables) and much longer on items that serve a more decorative function. However applying paste wax will be more time consuming, but a quick buffing will keep the piece looking good between applications.
Keep in mind we are discussing furniture polish, not finish. The finish of a piece of wood is the stain or varnish and that also acts as a protective barrier for your table. The furniture wax or polish also helps preserve the finish.
- Whatever you do, stay away from any product with silicone, which can dry out natural wood over time.
- Do not use detergents or any cleaning products that contain ammonia. These will take moisture out of the wood and wear down the finish much faster.
- Wipe down periodically with a slightly damp or dry dust cloth.
- We recommend using placemats and coasters when resting hot drinks or dishes on the furniture.
- Place your furniture carefully so that it’s not in contact with direct sunlight (this can cause fading and, in extreme cases, cracking). Do not place furniture next to fireplaces or heaters as this can cause warping.
- Clean spills from acacia wood furniture with a soft cloth moistened with warm, soapy water. Dry the furniture with a second soft cloth or allow it to air-dry
- If your acacia furniture is located near your pool, hose your furniture, once or twice a fortnight to prevent it from being affected by the splashes of the chlorine rich water from your pool.
- Make sure that you wipe the furniture dry after hosing it, or cleaning it, or even if it was exposed to rains, and avoid its direct exposure to sun.
- We recommend you to use waterproof covers for your furniture. If you are not going to use your outdoor furniture for a long time, then it would be better if you keep them inside your home.
- Your indoor furniture may not be prone to the direct sun and rain, but it is definitely prone to spills. So clean the spills regularly.
- Use a soft cloth, and a soap solution to clean the wood. And wipe them dry after you are done.
- If you feel that your furniture has lost its gloss, then you can apply shine restoring products.
- When you buy any shine restoring product, read its specifications, and make sure that it is suitable for your wood.
It is not that difficult to take care of the acacia wood, but you surely need to take efforts to keep the acacia wood stunning. The above tips will help you enhance the longevity of your wood decor.