Natural Wood Home Furniture and Home Decor
A note from the manufacturer of our beautiful wood products.
All of our products come from the Chiang Mai area in northern Thailand, where skilled craftsmen create these one-of-a-kind pieces with the simplest of tools. What these craftsmen accomplish is extraordinary. Many of the items resemble a piece of art as much as a piece of furniture!
To top it off, all of our products are made from sustainable wood grown specifically for the woodcarving and furniture making industry (monkey pod, teak and mango wood) or recycled wood from old structures. That means our pieces are Eco-friendly as well as stunning works of Thai art!
by: Napton Teaks
It’s always nice to buy a wonderful piece of furniture and to see it taking pride of place in your home, but if you don’t look after it well, then you could find that it no longer looks as great as it once did. Most good furniture is made from solid wood, and there are several ways you can make sure that your furniture is as beautiful in 20 years’ time as it was when you bought it.
Although some woods, such as teak, are very durable and are not affected by changes in temperature, most indoor furniture can be damaged by over-exposure to certain elements. Ideally, you shouldn’t place your furniture next to radiators, open fires or other sources of extreme heat. Whilst the water content of the wood adjusts over time to small changes in humidity, it will suffer if subjected to sudden heat. Also try to keep your good furniture away from direct sunlight, which can damage the colour of the wood. You don’t need to keep moving your furniture – just draw the curtains or blinds when the sun is strong.
Most solid wood furnishings don’t need constant polishing. You will probably receive details about caring for your furniture when you buy it and it is always advisable to follow this guide when it comes to cleaning. As long as your furniture is not urethane-finished, you can also wax it, although you don’t need to do this more than once or twice a year. For dining tables, or surfaces where you may be placing hot items, make sure you are using heat resistant mats. You can get thick mats custom-made to fit your table, which protects the surface from daily dirt and environmental damage as well as providing heat protection.
3. Spills and stains
Water from flower vases, a glass of wine knocked over at dinner, scratches from the cat – all these hazards and more are found in our everyday use of furniture. Always use mats when you are putting anything down on the surface and wipe up spills as soon as possible, referring to your care instructions for removing water rings or wood stains.
by: Megan Cherry
Products for caring for your wood furniture abound. If you don't believe me, just take a look in your local supermarket or discount store and you'll see many polishes and waxes available to choose from. Whether you are trying to care for a dining room table or an ornate wooden cuckoo clock, you are confronted with so many choices it may be difficult to come to a decision. Every product claims that they protect your wood better than the next product. In reality, most of them will remove dust and clean the surface, but they won't do much else.
Using a polish or a wax may provide a certain amount of protection against scratches and scrapes to your furniture, however they really don't give you any lasting protection like a quality wood finish would. They really don't improve the durability of an old finish or revive it, either. In fact, the only real difference between a polish and a wax is that polish will leave a thin liquid film on the surface when you wipe down your wood, and wax will leave a thin film of solid wax on the surface. The liquid will eventually evaporate, while the wax will not.
Wax has been used since the very beginning of written history on wood items that needed to be protected, both as a finish on bare wood and to protect a finish that has been applied to wood. Wax is solid at room temperature, but a solvent can be mixed in to help the wax dissolve and create a softer product that is easier to apply to your wood. The solvent will evaporate out eventually, leaving a nice solid layer of wax on the surface. Some people prefer to use mineral spirits as a solvent with their wax, but be sure you read the instructions on the wax you've chosen first. Some say you need to use turpentine or toluene instead. Turpentine will add a smell to the wax that you may find irritating, and using toluene can be tricky because it evaporates very quickly. Solvents will affect your drying time, so if you need a longer drying time, mineral spirits may be the solvent you should choose. If you want it to dry quickly, opt for the toluene.
Polishes, on the other hand, are very different from waxes. They are a liquid that may include a very small quantity of oil or wax. Polishes usually completely evaporate over a period of time, so in the long run it is less protective than wax. You can divide polish into two different categories depending on which solvents they use in their formula. First, you will find petroleum-based solvents. Petroleum or oil-based solvents evaporate much more slowly and are similar to mineral spirits. The other type of solvent used in polish is an emulsion of water and oil-based solvents. This type is excellent for cleaning, since the water will remove water-soluble dirt, while the oil removes oil-soluble dirt. In the end, you'll need to choose the kind of polish that suits the job you want it to do.