At Stolab, we work with natural materials, which means each piece of furniture is unique. Out of respect for the material and with consideration to the environment, we adopt the gentlest possible surface treatment methods. In order to maintain the original properties of the furniture, we recommend that you treat it as follows:
GENERAL ADVICE FOR SOLID WOOD FURNITURE
We would like to start with some general advice for avoiding dry cracks, discolouration, etc. to solid wood furniture:
• Do not position solid wood furniture in strong sunlight, by radiators or in spaces where there are substantial changes to heat and moisture levels.
• Use underlays for hot pots and pans that are placed on wooden surfaces.
• Dry up any spilled liquid immediately.
• Occasionally check that the mounting brackets and screws are tight.
• Bear in mind that extension leafs (for dining tables) that are not used continually will have a different colour to the table top due to wear and tear, and that wood ages/darkens over time.
We use an oil that has excellent penetrating properties and is recommended for most types of wood. It is based on renewable, vegetable oil and has a high dry content which produces a low volume of solvent emissions. A basic oiling is carried out when the furniture is manufactured. On delivery, some parts may be duller as the wood absorbs varying amounts. This type of dull stain can be treated with oil directly. Oil the furniture, if necessary, depending on how much wear it has been exposed to. A table top should be oiled a couple of times in the initial six months and then once or twice a year to keep the surface glossy and to avoid cracking.
This is how: Brush on the oil and allow it to be absorbed by the wood. Do not apply too much! Wipe off any excess oil that remains on the surface after 10 minutes. And that is all you need to do. If a shinier surface is preferred, you can sand with sandpaper and polish with a hessian cloth or a dry cloth within one hour of applying the oil. Always work in the direction of the fibre to avoid scratches. The furniture will dry after a few days, but the curing process continues for about a month. Consequently, you should not put bedding or other textiles in a newly oiled cabinet or chest of drawers.
Daily care: Use a mild hand dishwashing detergent, diluted with water on a damp cloth. Never use tools that could scratch the surface and avoid basic cleaning detergents that contain ammonia, i.e. those with a pH value above 8. Lighter stains: Rinse a cloth in warm water and squeeze it out thoroughly. Wipe off the stain. Some stains can be removed with a rubber. Other stains: Use a mild hand dishwashing detergent on a soft cloth. If necessary, sand with fine sandpaper. Grease stains can be bleached using chemically pure petroleum. The surface should then be oiled as above.
White oil has the same properties as natural oil and is handled in the same way, but as white oil contains pigments, the surface will be brighter the more white oil you apply. However, several treatments are necessary for the pigment to fully cover the surface. Stolab’s natural oil can be used for the maintenance of white oiled surfaces if you want to avoid this. If you are looking for a shinier surface, a white oiled surface can also be sanded using sandpaper or polished with a hessian cloth, provided this is done within 10 minutes of applying the oil. Shelf life is about 6 months.
NOTE: Cloths containing natural oil could self-ignite once they dry and must therefore be burned or placed in a sealed glass container.
NATURAL LACQUER, BIRGHT MATT LACQUER AND OTHER LACQUERD FURNITURE
We use water-based lacquer. A lacquered surface does not have to be maintained in the same way as an oiled one. Clean the lacquered surface using mild hand dishwashing detergent diluted with water on a damp cloth. Never use tools that could scratch the surface and avoid basic cleaning detergents that contain ammonia, i.e. those with a pH value above 8. Wipe up any spills of pigmented liquids, such as coffee, wine and similar as soon as possible.
Just as with our wooden furniture, marble is a living material, which means that it may vary due to natural causes from block to block. No two blocks are the same. Our marble tiles are treated on delivery, but may then need to be resealed after a certain period of use. Use an oil or other product that is designed for use on marble in this case.
Cleaning: For daily cleaning, use a wash cloth that has been moistened with water. Normal soapy water works fine. Always wipe off the table immediately if there is any liquid or other stains on it. For coarser deposits, you can use pure alcohol or thinner, for example. Wipe off the detergent with a dishcloth. Wipe the surface afterwards with a water-dampened cloth. Never use strong and acidic detergents. Other liquids that do not fair well with marble include wine, vinegar, fruit juice, carbonic acid, coffee etc. Therefore, we recommend using underlays as protection on the table top.
Leather is also a natural material where no two skins are the same and the appearance of the leather may therefore vary. Add future text as a new line like the others.
General advice for leather: Remember to protect the leather from direct heat sources and stains from liquid. Do not position your furniture too close to a heat source by leaving an air gap of at least eight inches. Exposure to direct sunlight will darken light leather and bleach darker colours, making the skin dry and therefore brittle. Only use a dry, soft cloth for normal cleaning. Avoid using vacuum cleaners as they may scratch the surface. We use several different suppliers for leather and refer to these when it comes to specific products for the maintenance of skin and leather.
If your furniture should break or be damaged for any reason, we can help you to replace certain parts, thus allowing you to enjoy your Stolab furniture for longer. However, we always recommend that replacements/repairs are carried out by someone with experience in wood/furniture restoration. For certain spare parts, we have fixed costs, while for more extensive replacements/repairs, we will give you a cost estimate. We would like to make you aware that some colour differences may occur when changing parts, but these usually dissipate over time. Replacements are made free of charge only if they are related to manufacturing faults.
Want to know more?
If you have any questions about how to care for your furniture in the best possible way, we assure you that our distributors are very knowledgeable. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org