So you have just acquired a spectacular piece of natural, solid oak furniture. Kudos for you! Now, think about how you are going to keep it as pretty as it looks now. We have some pointers for you on how you can maintain your solid oak bathroom furniture so they for years to come. However, you must remember that the furniture will expand and contract with the fluctuation of temperature. It happens naturally. This is why we suggest that you install your bathroom furniture unrestricted instead of fixing them up standing somewhere.
General Care and Varnishing
If you are drilling holes into your oak furniture unit, say to install a basin, you have to seal these holes before installing that. This is necessary to prevent the damage done by seeping water. Make sure you use a recommended varnish form or some sealant varnish. This makes your unit resist water from possible leaks during and after your installation process. Also, keep applying the varnish regularly to increase the durability of your unit.
Spills and Seeps
To maintain the brand new condition or even semi brand new, you need to keep the unit as clean and dry as possible. Of course there will be constant spilling of water in a bathroom, but you should wipe the water on the oak surfaces as soon as you can. Note: Blot the water and soak it up in a piece of cloth. Do not wipe in a circular pattern. That way, water wouldn’t creep into the wood gradually. If it does, the unit will eventually lose its rich color and deteriorate. The guarantee paart does not cover that sort of damage.
How to Clean
Using abrasive cleaning products to clean your oak unit will damage it instead of cleaning. Also, it will scrape away the protective coating that came with the unit. You should use a non-abrasive, squashy cloth with mild and clinically approved cleaning product. These will keep the glossy, rich texture last longer.
How to Dust
Use a clean and dry duster to clean to dust your oak unit and dust as frequently as possible. Your duster should not have coarse bristles or abrasive material on it. Those might make scratches on the furniture.
Polish and Spray
The oak furniture we provide you with is already lacquered with several layers of polyurethane lacquer, also known as PU lacquer. You would get this in the best D.I.Y stores only. To keep your furniture at its best, you should re-lacquer your furniture once every six months at the very least. If more than one person uses the unit, a more frequent lacquering is recommended.
We would ask you to not use the usual sprays on the oak unit that you use on other furniture. Those might not be suitable for solid, natural oak material and could harm rather than hone the unit.
Heat and Sun Exposure
Placing your oak furniture next to any heat emitter is not a good idea. If you have some electric heat source such as a towel heater or a radiator, place it as far as you can from your oak unit. The heat fluctuation in close proximity can deform the unit and make the joints and surfaces stiff.
Make sure your beautiful oak furniture is not directly exposed to sunlight. That would cause the color to wane and the exposed surfaces will gradually fade all over.
There is also the matter of what you should and should not place on your oak furniture. Keep the stuff with sharp standing edges in drawers rather than on top of the unit. also, keep changing places of things you put on top. Otherwise surface marks and uneven fade marks caused by sunlight are bound to occur.