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Maintenance tips for the wood of your office furniture

In order to be able to enjoy your office furniture for a long time, it is important to maintain it properly. A lot depends on the type of wood your furniture is made from. Is your daily work surface a solid wood desktop or is it veneer? In both cases, the furniture requires special care.

The type of wood your desk is made of

In the case of solid wood and veneer, there can be colour variation within the same kind of wood. This is because every tree is unique. Veneer is cut in wafer-thin pieces from the tree. That allows the beauty of the wood to show through. A common misconception is that veneer is a type of imitation wood like melamine. This often makes it difficult for consumers to distinguish between genuine wood products and imitations.

Protect your wooden furniture:

- Nothing protects the wooden surface of your desk better than a desktop blotter. This prevents scratches on the desk surface.

- Avoid direct contact between liquids or hot objects and the waxed or varnished surface. This reduces the chance of marks or discoloration.

- If you do have a spill, then dry the liquid as quickly as possible.

- Light scratches and spots on the wood can be removed by gently scrubbing the surface with extremely fine steel wool. Scrub in the direction of the wood grain and follow with a maintenance product such as furniture polish. These are available in different formulas. Ask your furniture supplier for advice on which product is most suitable for your office furniture:

  • Matt furniture polish: for use on wood types with a matt layer of varnish
  • Furniture oil for finished wood
  • Furniture oil for types of wood with an oil or wax layer
  • Traditional old-fashioned beeswax
  • Polishing wax or antique wax

- Don’t place the furniture too close to a source of heat or an air conditioning installation. This will prevent drying.

The appearance of your wooden furniture is bound to change over time as the result of use and exposure to light. Some types of wood become lighter, other darken or develop a warm honey colour.

For daily maintenance, keep in mind the following tips for cleaning the surface of your office furniture:

  • Use a slightly damp cloth.
  • Dry the surfaces with a different soft cloth.
  • Don’t leave any traces of moisture.
  • Always rub in the direction of the wood grain.
  • If necessary, also use furniture wax. This makes the wood surfaces of your furniture easy to clean or dust. The wax protects the wood from fingerprints and water marks.