Care Instructions

Care

No amount of oil can be added to a piece of furniture to prevent it from drying out if the relative humidity remains below 30% for an extended period of time. The pre-catalyzed lacquer Mobili uses does not require any special care we recommend dry dusting with micro fiber cloth or feather duster to clean your furniture. Slightly moistening cloth to help hold dust. I do not recommend lemon oil because it tends to remain wet and collect dust. Drying oils labeled as “Danish Oil” contain linseed or tung oil which can be built into a finish but contain little protection against moisture. Silicone polishes create a film that is difficult to remove and hampers future efforts at re-finishing. Of course, if you prefer, I can finish your piece, as you would like. Please feel free to talk to me about this decision.

Light

Light, in particular direct sunlight, can be very damaging to wood and finishes. The finishes mobile uses contain a ultra violet (UV) block but it can only slow down the negative effects of bleaching and drying of wood and finish caused by direct sunlight. Modern windows also use UV block, which can help, but the Furniture Conservationist of Historic and Artistic Works recommend keeping valuable pieces out of any direct sunlight, utilizing blinds or curtains to block direct sunlight.

Relative Humidity

Humidity should be maintained between 40%-60% in your home. Obviously, this will vary from time to time but extended periods of very high humidity or very low humidity will cause problems for drawers, doors, solid wood panels and finish. Avoid storing fine furniture in attics, basements, near fireplaces, wood stoves or heating vents. Relative humidity can be monitored with inexpensive thermometers and hygrometers available at a hardware or electronics store. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can be used to keep your home within a range that will protect your investment.