care + maintenance

CLEANING

Clean with a clean cloth, slightly dampened with warm water. Do not use soap or harsh chemicals as they will remove the wax-oil finish.

 

MAINTENANCE

Avoid direct sunlight and do not place your piece in front of air-conditioner or dry. Maintain an average humidity level.

Use a coaster and mat to prevent moisture and heat damaging the wood surface.

Wood needs to be oiled regularly not just to maintain its shine but to keep it protected. Overtime, the finish will fade and may need a fresh application.

Surfaces must be cleaned of any grease, oils, dust, dirt, wax, adhesives and other foreign materials. Surfaces must be completely dry before application. Apply finish with cloth. Let soak for 10 minutes, wipe off excess and reapply if necessary. After oiling, allow 24 hours to dry before use.

 

UPHOLSTERY CARE

Vacuum regularly using the proper attachment to avoid pilling.

Treat stains promptly. The longer a stain remains on the textile, the more difficult it will be to remove.

A professional furniture cleaning service is recommended.

Always pre-test any cleaning method in an inconspicuous area.

Several light applications of a cleaning agent are less harmful than a single concentrated application. Repeat stain treatment several times if necessary.

Never use heat to clean textiles. Heat can set stains.

Do not use agents containing bleach. These agents my cause discoloration over time.

Do not over saturate the textile or let water pool in seams.

HEAVY SOILING OR STAINING

Because the piece is solid wood, you also have the option of lightly sanding prior to oiling to restore it to its original condition. The piece will look brand new.

Patch where necessary, and sand surfaces with 400/600/800 grit sandpaper depends on how is the condition of the scratches. Before applying oil finish, make sure surface is perfectly clean and free of dust, dirt and other foreign materials. Apply finish with cloth. Let soak for 10 minutes, wipe off excess and reapply if necessary.

Drying conditions will vary greatly depending on application techniques and weather conditions. Allow 24 hours to dry before use.

 

RECOMMENDED OIL/WAX FINISH

LITOOC recommends all-natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly premium hardener and sealer for woods. You may use the wood oil of your choice or contact info@litooc.com for recommendations.

 

UPHOLSTERY HEAVY SOILING OR STAINING

Soak up any excess moisture immediately.

For oil and water-based stains, use a clean, soft, white cloth, a natural sponge, or a nylon, soft-bristle brush with a water-free dry cleaning solvent. Brush the stain with light, quick strokes. Avoid a scrubbing motion and work from the edge of the stain toward the centre.

For insoluble stains (e.g. chewing gum, candle wax, etc.), use a plastic bag filled with ice to rub the stain until the substance becomes brittle. Use a clean, dull, flat knife to gently remove the substance.

Extra care should be taken when cleaning dark colours to avoid creating light marks that can be caused by colours transfer.

Avoid excess rubbing to prevent discoloration and damage to the face of the material. Do not saturate the surface.

Allow the textile to dry thoroughly and vacuum before using.

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