Caring for your timber products

Caring for your Plank hand-brushed timber furniture
Caring for your Reclaimed timber furniture
Caring for your finished timber products
Caring for your solid timber furniture

We love using natural materials. It defines each and every piece, making them not only individual in appearance, but in behaviour as well. All timber products move or ‘breathe’ throughout its lifetime, especially in the Queensland climate. The heat, humidity, air conditioning and heating are harsh on timber products.

At HB&Co. our products are carefully designed and chosen to counter ‘breathing’, to ensure it does not affect your furniture. Design features and handcrafting techniques such as float joinery on table tops, floating panels in doors and drawer bottoms and not ‘hard fixing’ legs to frames ensures the functionality of our product will not be compromised.

All HB&Co.’s own product is made from plantation, rough sawn, kiln dried timber. The kiln drying process dries the timber evenly and in a controlled environment, limiting fluctuations in moisture content. Other ranges in our catalogue are reclaimed or recycled timber products. This means the timber has had potentially decades to acclimatise to its surroundings. But no amount of acclimatisation or climate controlled drying will fully prepare the timber for our homes. We expect a lot from our furniture and rightly so. But if we want our timber furniture to perform to the best of its ability for years to come it must be well looked after. Luckily it’s not hard.

Caring for your Plank hand-brushed timber furniture

Every piece in our Plank range is meticulously dressed by hand-brushing the solid blackwood timber panels along the grain to give it a more rugged quality. Our craftspeople spend hours on each piece, brushing it with a steel wire brush to give it the aesthetic appeal that defines it. This means that Plank has its own unique care requirements. To keep your Plank furniture in top condition we’ve put together the following tips:

Do:
• Use a water based cleaning agent
• Use natural oil, such as linseed oil, every three months to replenish and protect the wood
• Wipe spills immediately with a soft, absorbent cloth
• Have a humidifier, open bowl of water or vase with water in the room to keep moisture in the air

Don’t:
• Clean Plank products with silicone or bleach
• Place hot items directly on the surface
• Place cold or wet items directly on surfaces
• Position it in direct sunlight
• Place furniture in line of air conditioners or heater vents
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Caring for your Reclaimed timber furniture

Reclaimed woods have been doing their job for decades, but this doesn’t mean that the ‘breathing’ has stopped. When any piece of furniture is introduced to a new environment it goes through a period of acclimatisation. The first three cycles of seasons (years to you and me) are the hardest. Timber from colder places like China and Northern India will take on some moisture, while timbers from South East Asia will find our heating and air conditioning especially harsh. Our Reclaimed timber range uses several different timbers – elm, oak, teak or pine. Even though they’re different timbers the care requirements are still the same. Below are some easy ways to ease your furniture into its new home.

Do:
• Use a water based cleaning agent
• Use a natural beeswax to buff the surface every three months
• Wipe spills immediately with a soft, absorbent cloth
• Have a humidifier, open bowl of water or vase with water in the room to keep moisture in the air

Don’t:
• Clean products with silicone or bleach
• Place hot items directly on the surface
• Place cold or wet items directly on surfaces
• Position in direct sunlight
• Place furniture in line of air conditioners or heater ventsTop

Caring for your finished timber products

Do:
• Regularly clean the surface with water based cleaning agents and a soft, lint-free cloth
• Dust before cleaning to avoid scratching or scuffing
• Use a natural polish like beeswax to restore lustre (only if required and be sure to use sparingly). And yes, dust before polishing
• Wipe spills immediately with a soft, absorbent cloth
• Have a humidifier, open bowl of water or vase with water in the room to keep moisture in the air

Don’t:
• Clean products with silicone or bleach
• Place hot items directly on the surface
• Place cold or wet items directly on surfaces
• Position in direct sunlight
• Place furniture in line of air conditioners or heater vents


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Caring for your solid timber furniture

Solid timber needs to be polished regularly to maintain optimum condition. Polishing cleans and nourishes the wood and protects and highlights the patina of the timber grain.

When polishing do not use silicones or silicone based sprays or waxes, use wax or recommended cleaners. When polishing work into the grain and buff the surface immediately. If you’re not sure on what types of fillers, waxes and polishes, please get in touch with us.

Hot things on timber surfaces

As a general rule, too hot to hold is too hot to put on the surface of your table. Avoid placing any heated cups or other similar things on your table surface! If you have damage your table with water the lacquer will generally protect the timber. Make sure you remove any water as soon as possible. Caring for painted timber finishes

It’s best to clean surfaces regularly with a dust cloth or duster to remove dust and debris. Always avoid using liquids or harsh chemicals or silicones. Removing dust is essential to the care of timber as collection of dust absorbs and holds moisture on humid days and general damp weather, causing timber to expand or even crack.

Caring for painted timber finishes

It’s best to clean surfaces regularly with a dust cloth or duster to remove dust and debris. Always avoid using liquids or harsh chemicals or silicones. Removing dust is essential to the care of timber as collection of dust absorbs and holds moisture on humid days and general damp weather, causing timber to expand or even crack.
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