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Wood Furniture: Our care tips

So you’re now a proud owner of a spanking new Ethnicraft furniture piece – welcome to the club! But your job doesn’t just end here: to ensure that this new addition to your home will last for years to come, maintenance is key.

Over the years, many of our customers have come to us with concerns on how to care of their furniture. We’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions and the answers to each of them. Read on for some handy tips on how to maintain and protect your Ethnicraft furniture piece!

“What do I need to do regularly to maintain my Ethnicraft furniture?”
A little maintenance every day goes a long way in keeping your furniture in pristine condition! Whether it's made of oak or teak, dust your furniture regularly with a dry, non-fluffy cloth. To clean it, use a cloth or sponge dampened with a solution of water and natural soap or gentle soap, like the Bio-Home multi-purpose cleaner.

Daily maintenance

For teak furniture, frequent cleaning with a natural soap solution will gradually build up a protective layer: as the wood absorbs the soap, it will become more stain repellent.

Clean with soap and water

“Someone left a cold drink on my console and now, there’s an unsightly watermark. How do I remove it?"
To remove watermarks, simply wipe it off using a damp (not dripping wet) cloth or sponge and let the moisture evaporate. Voila, your table is as good as new again.


“I had a dinner party last night and a guest accidentally spilled soy sauce all over my dining table. What should I do?”
A raucous dinner party can sometimes lead to food spillage on your furniture, but don’t panic: our teak collection has the advantage of having a high density of teak. This means that stains stay on the surface and will not penetrate into the wood easily. Our oak furniture is also finished with a protective coating of pigmented hardwax oil that repels most substances.

Sauce spill

Even so, any spillage should be removed quickly. If not cleaned up over time, the liquid or substance will penetrate the wood and stain your furniture. So act fast!

“Help! My son drew all over my new sideboard with his crayons. I have tried using some soap and water to wipe the piece but the marks aren’t coming off. How else can I remove the stains?”
This must be every parent’s nightmare: your little ones drawing all over your pristine furniture. Markers and crayons are especially tough to remove, which is why you’ll need to bring out the big guns.

To remove stubborn stains, use extra fine sand paper (minimum 320 grit) and work it in the direction of the wood grain.

Crayon Sandpaper

With some elbow grease, your Ethnicraft piece will be as good as new – stubborn stains begone!

“I have young kids and there’s bound to be accidents. Is there anything I can do to protect my furniture from potential future damage?”
You know what they say: prevention is better than cure. To protect your Ethnicraft wood furniture from the start, it’s best to give it a protective coating.

For a wax-based treatment: we recommend Osmo Hardwax Oil, clear matte (3062) for teak and Osmo Hardwax Oil, natural (3041) for oak pieces – this finish seals the pores of the timber and forms a natural protective layer against water and other damaging effects. Don’t know where to get a wax treatment product? Simply contact us by email or call 9272 1545 to purchase one.

OSMO Hardwax

Water-based topcoats are another alternative: this permanent treatment is best for furniture that is highly susceptible to oil, grease, and fat stains, like your dining table. Lucky for you, we offer complimentary application of water-based topcoats before and after purchase. Take note, though: this treatment may result in a slightly darker finish on your furniture pieces.

Need more advice? Check out our Care video below for step-by-step tips. Have a super tough stain you can’t get rid of? Remember, we’re just a call away for complimentary maintenance of your Soul & Tables pieces.