Care Instructions

How to take care of your Fynbossie furniture

  • Any natural wood needs to be treated, to prolong the lifespan of the wood.
  • Heat does change the shape of wood, especially when untreated or not treated properly and standing directly in sun.
  • With any wooden furniture it is recommended that an even room temperature be maintained with no sudden temperature fluctuations, up or down.
  • Do not place furniture next to a radiator or in direct sunlight. Wood is a natural product and will expand if subjected to damp and will shrink and may crack if subjected to heat. Pine is a timber that is common for furniture, but susceptible to temperature changes. With pine furniture it is recommended that an even room temperature be maintained with no sudden temperature fluctuations, up or down.
  • It’s a good idea to keep a gap between the wall and the back of your furniture, about 25mm. This lets air flow through, keeping the temperature stable and prolonging the life of your furniture. And if you have wooden floors, place protective felt under your furniture’s feet – this protects both the furniture and floor.
  • Pine furniture can under no circumstances be placed outside, exposed to any direct sunlight or rain. Pine is a soft wood and cannot handle water or fluctuations in temperatures. This will damage the wood and the warranty will expire immediately. Hand Made by Fynbossie used to sell pine tables with an outdoor option which stated undercover only and not exposed to the elements. Unfortunately clients still placed their furniture in the open, exposed to rain and direct sunlight. As such, we decided to remove this option and ONLY sell pine furniture as INDOOR furniture which may no longer be placed outside.
  • When we apply varnish to natural wood (not supawood), a light varnish is used, for indoor use only. It is only to provide a light protection, but not against sun, weathering or harsh stains.
  • The clear varnish we use is a low sheen varnish, meaning it doesn’t have a distinctive shine to it and keeps the natural colour of the wood. Often it appears there is no varnish on, when indeed there is a varnish on.

CARING OF PINE FURNITURE

First, some background on PINE WOOD. Pine is a naturally soft wood which continues to ‘breathe’, based upon changes in the local (home, office, store, etc.) humidity and temperature. On the individual furniture piece there may be slight defects, such as knots, and shakes(small cracks in the surface of the wood). Some minor shrinkage may sometimes occur. These natural irregularities in pine enhance its overall uniqueness. For products with our medium oak stain, please use furniture oil to treat the wood and to enhance the colour.

  • For general cleaning, use a duster or damp cloth (ALMOST DRY, NOT WET). Lightly moisten the cloth with mild non-alkaline soap and water. Note that your cloth should be damp, not wet! Do NOT soak the cloth in water and make sure it is properly dried out before wiping the furniture.
  • To clean a light stain, add a glass cleaner to a dry cloth and wipe the appropriate section.
  • For tougher stains, add a very small amount of Handy Andy to a dry cloth and wipe the appropriate section.
  • Do not use soap and water or detergents of any kind (other than a very small amount of Handy Andy, only for tough stains) on this product for general cleaning. To maintain the characteristic finish on this furniture, do not use aerosol sprays or any polish containing Silicon (like Mr Min).
  • Ensure that NO water is left in the grooves and edges after cleaning as this may result in the beginning of deterioration of the panel furniture, which ultimately results in swelling and weakening of the structure.
  • To prevent scratches on the surface, don’t use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads, but rather use special napkins and a soft sponge instead.
  • It is recommended that you always first test detergent on a small piece and then clean the cabinets (when using detergent for the first time.
  • Use coaster/mats/tablecloth when keeping hot dishes on any bed sides/coffee table/dining table.
  • Clean spills immediately, preferably by blotting with a soft and dry cloth/sponge.
  • It will, from time to time, require re-treating the surface in order to maintain its character.

CARING OF OAK AND ASH WOOD FURNITURE

It’s a hardwood that has been used to make furniture for hundreds of years, and as a hardwood, it will last for a lifetime if you take some simple steps to care for it. Here are some tips about how to keep oak in good condition, so you can enjoy the beauty of natural and rustic oak furniture at its best.

You’ll need to wax your furniture at least every six months, to nourish the wood and form a lasting seal for your furniture. This may sound daunting, but it’s worth it, to help your furniture really last a lifetime. Waxing protects the grain, and makes the wood crack resistant, keeping any finish in the best condition.

It’s a good idea to test the wax you’re going to use on a part of the furniture not in plain sight, like underneath the table, just to check you’re happy with the finish. If you’re happy, apply the wax to the rest of the piece in the same direction as the wood grain. Leave it for five minutes, then remove the wax by buffing, again following the direction of the grain. It’s a simple process that doesn’t take that long.

The wax will form a protective layer on the oak, so for everyday cleaning, just wipe the surface down with a clean, damp cloth, or use cleaning products specifically designed for hardwood. For concentrated spills that might stain, blot the liquid with a clean, soft and slightly damp cloth. If you discover a set in stain that you haven’t noticed before, it’s best to contact a us to restore it.

Have a think about where your furniture is going to live in your home. Wood is a natural material, and it doesn’t like extremes of heat and cold – it won’t thrive in air conditioned rooms or conservatories. Direct sunlight may fade the finish, and heat from radiators will dry your furniture out.

CARING OF MDF (MEDIUM DENSITY FIBRE BOARD) OR SUPAWOOD

MDF (Medium Density Fibre board) is an engineered wood product composed of fine wood fibres (pulp) combined with a synthetic resin or other bonding system & joined together under heat & pressure to form panels. It’s less dense as compared to HDF (High Density Fibre board).

  • To clean supawood (MDF) sprayed products, first remove dust with a damp cloth (ALMOST DRY). A dry cloth might result in the product being scratched.
  • To clean a light stain, add a glass cleaner to a dry cloth and wipe the appropriate section.
  • For tougher stains, add a small amount of Handy Andy to a dry cloth and wipe the appropriate section.
  • Next, clean the cabinet with a damp cloth (ALMOST DRY) to remove the detergent from the surface. Lightly moisten the cloth with mild non-alkaline soap and water. Note that your cloth should be damp, not wet! Do NOT soak the cloth in water and make sure it is properly dried out before wiping the furniture.
  • Ensure that NO water is left in the grooves and edges after cleaning as this may result in the beginning of deterioration of the panel furniture, which ultimately results in swelling and weakening of the structure.
  • Do not use soap and water or detergents (other than a very small amount of Handy Andy, only for tough stains) of any kind on this product for general cleaning. To maintain the characteristic finish on this furniture, do not use aerosol sprays or any polish containing Silicon (like Mr Min).
  • To prevent scratches on the surface, don’t use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads, but rather use special napkins and a soft sponge instead.
  • It is recommended that you always first test detergent on a small piece and then clean the cabinets (when using detergent for the first time)
  • Use coaster/mats/tablecloth when keeping hot dishes on surfaces.
  • Clean spills immediately, preferably by blotting with a soft and dry cloth/sponge.

OUTSIDE TABLES

  • If you want to use your table outside (hard wood tables) or even on a partly enclosed patio, please advise us beforehand and we will advise on the correct oil/sealer to be used to properly protect the wood. If Hand Made by Fynbossie is not advised prior to and the wood is used/stored/positioned by the client outdoors or on a partly enclosed patio, the warranty will expire immediately and Hand Made by Fynbossie will not be held responsible for any damages.
  • Pine furniture can under no circumstances be placed outside, exposed to any direct sunlight or rain. Pine is a soft wood and cannot handle water or fluctuations in temperatures. This will damage the wood and the warranty will expire immediately. Hand Made by Fynbossie used to sell pine tables with an outdoor option which stated undercover only and not exposed to the elements. Unfortunately clients still placed their furniture in the open, exposed to rain and direct sunlight. As such, we decided to remove this option and ONLY sell pine furniture as INDOOR furniture which may no longer be placed outside.

OLD POLICY FOR OUTDOOR TABLES PREVIOUSLY ORDERED: 

  • Pine tables are only suited for partly outdoor i.e. on a patio, underneath a roof where it doesn’t get exposed directly to all the elements of nature.
  • It stays the responsibility of the client to maintain the wood and make sure it gets the treatment it needs in order to last a long time.

CARING OF FABRIC FURNITURE (HEADBOARDS, CUSHIONS, COUCHES, BEDS ETC.)

  • Never place fabric items in the sun or in an area in the room where it will get exposed to direct sunlight. This will cause the fabric to fade. Hand Made by Fynbossie needs to be informed when the fabric will be exposed to direct sunlight as we will need to advise on different fabric, resistant to fading.
  • To clean a light stain, take a damp micro fibre cloth (not wet) and rub the area in a circular motion until the stain is gone. This process may have to be repeated a couple of times if it is a stubborn stain. If necessary, add a little bit of Sunlight Liquid to the damp cloth (rubbing it into the cloth first before wiping the material) and rub again in a circular motion.
  • NO chemicals or other products may be used on the materials as it will damage it or even cause discolouring.

PLEASE AVOID THE FOLLOWING WHEN TAKING CARE OF YOUR FYNBOSSIE FURNITURE

  • Avoid contact of solvent, alcohol, nail polish and thinners with furniture surfaces.
  • Avoid sliding objects across the surface of any furniture. Always lift and place the objects.
  • Do not allow sharp objects to come in the contact with the furniture’s surfaces or any area of the furniture.
  • Prevent contact with water and corrosive substances as they will damage the product.
  • Avoid placing furniture in direct sunlight, hot conditions (near fireplaces, heaters, radiators) and damp condition areas (like basements, attic, garages and areas prone to leakage, seepage) to prevent deterioration of the furniture quality.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaning agents like nitro based thinners, acetone or thinners as these will damage the furniture.
  • While mopping/sweeping the floor, avoid contact with headboard/footboard base, wardrobe base, side table base etc as prolonged contact may result in fading of the finish/colour and it will damage the furniture.
  • Dropping or other impact of pointed objects on the panels will damage/chip-off the panel surface.
  • Do not place HOT or CHILLED items directly onto the surface, use a place mat or wooden board instead. Otherwise marking will occur.
  • Do not use soap and water or detergents of any kind on products for general cleaning. To maintain the characteristic finish on furniture, do not use aerosol sprays or any polish containing Silicon (like Mr Min).
  • Do not over-clean your product and only use a damp cloth when really necessary.
  • We recommend opening and closing the doors, drawers and lids gently. When open, the angle of the door should not push beyond its body level i.e. 90 degrees for better functionality of hinges.
  • Do not place furniture onto a wet or damp floor as staining may occur to your floor, and the product will get water damage.
  • The use of any cleaning materials other than those recommended above could damage the surface and will invalidate any claim.