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Care + Maintenance

Cleaning

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

 

Maintenance

Wood needs to be oiled periodically not just to maintain its luster but to keep it protected. Overtime, the finish will fade and may need a fresh application. At this point you may use the wood oil of your choice or contact studio@kalonstudios.com for recommendations.

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 rag. Let soak for 20 minutes, wipe off excess and reapply if necessary. After oiling, allow 24 hours to dry before use.

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 220 grit sandpaper. Before applying oil finish, make sure surface is perfectly clean and free of dust, dirt and other foreign materials. Apply finish with rag. Let soak for 20 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.  Typically cures to full hardness in 3 weeks. Dried surface can be buffed by hand or machine.

Recommended Oil/Wax Finish

Kalon Studios recommends AFM Safecoat Naturals Oil Wax Finish. This is an organic plant-based premium hardener and sealer for woods. Alternatively Bioshield and Livos make a good wax finish.

Upholstery Care

GENERAL MAINTENANCE
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.

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 center.

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 colors to avoid creating light marks that can be caused by color 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.