The Care of Solid Wood Furniture

With proper care and treatment, your Handcrafted Amish Furniture will be with your family for generations to come.

The finest cherry and oak hardwood have been used to produce your furniture. The swirls, small knots, grains and color variations are natural characteristics of the wood. Since no two trees are exactly alike, each piece has its own unique characteristic and natural expression. These do not impede the structural integrity of the piece, but serve to enhance the natural beauty of the wood.

Our furniture is primarily "solid wood", not to be confused with "all wood" in which case particle board is commonly used. We do use quality plywood in selected areas and as shelves and cabinet racks. Created with a beautiful blend of meticulous hand labor and precisely machined components, our furniture, if cared for properly, will provide you with years of excellent service.

The finish we use is a catalyzed varnish that, when cured, is very hard and resistant to water and alcohol. Be careful not to drag items that may cause scratches. It takes approximately 30 days to fully cure.

Care of Quality Wood Furniture

Proper cleaning of your furniture ensures its beauty and longevity. We recommend simply using a damp cloth to clean. Never use a silicone based polish. Our furniture stores or your local hardware carry Guardsman Furniture Polish which is recommended for fine wood furniture finishes.

When spills occur, they should be wiped up quickly. Prolonged exposure to moisture may cause damage to the finish and can void your warranty.

Extreme temperature and humidity changes will ruin wood. Solid wood furniture naturally responds to changes in temperature and humidity by swelling and shrinking. Every effort should be made to keep your furniture out of direct sunlight and heat sources such as radiators, hot air outlets or wood stoves. These conditions will cause the wood to dry out and subsequently split and will void your warranty. Do not place hot items, such as pots and pans, on the surface without protection.

Maintain a level of relative humidity in your home between 35% and 45%. This range of humidity guards against shrinking and cracking or expansion. If the humidity moves out of this ideal range, solid wood table tops could expand or contract, causing a gap in the center or at the ends where the two halves meet. It can also cause splits or cracks in the grain pattern and joints of the wood panels. These are not abnormal - the table is not considered defective. Areas with high humidity such as basements should be avoided. You may choose to humidify or dehumidify depending upon your environment.

Following these guidelines, along with common sense, will ensure that this fine solid wood piece that you have purchased will become an heirloom for future generations.



Handcrafted Amish Furniture provides excellent quality furniture. With proper care, your furniture will last for generations.