CURING AND DURABILITY
When you receive your furniture, the finish is 80% cured. While it is hard, protective, and ready to use, 3 to 4 weeks are needed for the final natural hardening of the surface to occur. For the first 3 to 4 weeks in your home, avoid heat and moisture to the surface.
You may observe the natural movement of wood in your furniture. Remember, this is a natural product, not plastic. For example, a table top will show a small gap at certain time of the year, and then it will close back up.
ABRASION & SCRATCHING
Catalyzed varnish is tough, but not bulletproof. Scratches and dents will happen during daily use, but take precautions to avoid this. Do not slide items across furniture, but lift and move them instead. Dishes or cups that have a rough bottom will scratch the surface. Put soft, protective pads underneath vases and decorative items. Keep your furniture free of dust particles, which can be abrasive. This is a durable varnish, but even the toughest automobile finish will scratch with abrasion.
SPILLS & WATER RINGS
Blot up spills immediately. The surface finish provides a tight web with high protection against spills that would ruin a normal varnish finish. However, moisture for an extended period of time can cause slight discoloration that in most cases will disappear with time.
Avoid placing extremely hot items on the surface, especially in the first 3 to 4 weeks in your home. Never take anything directly out of a microwave or oven and put directly on your furniture. The average heat out of a microwave is 211°F. Catalyzed varnish is tested to withstand temperatures up to 140°F.
The natural darkening of wood will be especially visible if your furniture is a natural or light color. Rotate place mats and accessories to prevent uneven aging when exposed to natural sunlight. Remember to rotate table leaves as well. Table leaves that are always stored away from sunlight will not age the same as the rest of your table.
PRODUCTS TO AVOID
Please do not clean or polish your wood furniture, cabinetry, or flooring with products containing silicone, wax, or ammonia. These additives will damage varnish with repeated use. Wax buildup on varnished wood will react to moisture, heat, and solvents causing hazing or blushing that would not typically occur on a clean surface. Silicone will prevent varnished wood from ever being refinished in the future. Repeated use of ammonia to any finish will make it soft and sticky.