With proper care of the wood surfaces and finishes, your office furniture will provide elegance and convenience for years. Please reference these easy-to-follow "best practices" whenever you have a question.
- Clean all surfaces frequently with a soft cloth dampened with warm water, moving the cloth with the grain. (Do not use furniture polish, solvents or any wax or oil base products.) Never use paper towels.
- Immediately remove any liquids that come into contact with wood surfaces with blotting action.
- Lift objects to move them, never pull them across the finished surface.
- Avoid exposure of furniture to extremes of heat and cold, or to wide humidity variances.
- For an additional safeguard, use a protective desk pad. This single item could ensure a lasting finish by protecting your furniture from possible damage caused by pens and sharp objects.
- Do not leave plastic, vinyl or rubber items on finished wood surfaces. Sustained contact may cause deterioration of the finish due to possible chemical reaction between the plastic, vinyl or rubber and the catalyzed lacquer finish.
- If using a protective glass top, place spacer pads under the glass top to allow the wood to breathe.
- Avoid exposure of furniture to strong sunlight. The wood underneath the finish may change color from prolonged exposure to sunlight.
- Avoid exposure of furniture to harsh solvents (nail polish remover, acetates, etc.), as it will cause finish deterioration.
In order to decrease the chances of surface scratches, consider a glass top. Glass tops should be 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch thick and tempered for scratch and shatter resistance.
Since glass does not ship well, it is best to work with a local glass company. Invite them to your office so they can trace the shape of the glass onto tracing paper. A reputable glass company will customize plate glass to match your surface shape and bevel the edges. They will also apply small stand-offs to one side of the glass so that the glass surface is elevated above the wood surface, which will allow the wood to breath and stablize during temperature, humidity and barometric pressure changes.