Product Care

Ethnicraft Solid Timber


How to care for your Ethnicraft Solid Timber furniture. 
For Ethnicraft, the beauty of natural materials lies in its peculiarities and imperfections. 
Variations in the wood grain and color, knots, medullary rays and other natural characteristics are inherent. 
These are far from flaws, but an intricate part of its character. 
Ethnicraft believe that these imperfections contribute to the charm of their products.


General Care

  • Dust regularly with a microfibre cloth.
  • For light cleaning, wipe the surface with a clean, damp cloth. Always work in the direction of the grain. Dry thoroughly with a microfiber cloth to prevent spotting.
  • Timber is naturally porous and all spills should be cleaned immediately. Blot the spill with a lightly damp cloth, then dry thoroughly.
  • The surface of your furniture should not come in contact with hot or moist/wet containers and materials. Use coasters, place mats, trivets, tablecloths and table runners to protect furniture surfaces from heat, stains and objects with abrasive finishes that may scratch your furniture.
  • Do not let spills settle on the surface as the moisture from spills and sweating from cold liquids can be quickly absorbed and mark the surface.
  • Do not leave objects in the same position on surfaces over long periods of time to prevent permanent discolouration.

Focused Care

Along with general care and maintenance guidelines, different finishes across the Ethnicraft Solid Timber range have unique characteristics and care requirements that should be considered. Please follow these additional guidelines to ensure the longevity of your outdoor teak furniture.

Oiled Oak
  • Ethnicraft oiled oak furniture is finished with a pigmented hardwax oil. This gives the furniture its natural color and forms a protective coating that acts as a repellent against common substances, but is no foolproof guarantee against stains. In case of a spill, remove it immediately.
  • For more information, read the full Ethnicraft Oiled Oak care instructions here.
Varnished Oak & Mahogany
  • Ethnicraft Varnished Oak & Mahogany furniture has a good protection against stains; however even with this preventive and extensive treatment, spills should be removed immediately.
  • For more information, read the full Ethnicraft Varnished Oak care instructions here.
Natural Teak
  • Ethnicraft's Natural Teak furniture comes without any finish or protective treatment. The wood is merely polished, allowing the natural oils to rise to the surface. The high density of teak has the advantage that stains do not penetrate the wood as easily. Even with these characteristics, spills should be removed immediately.
  • To help prevent the transfer of natural oils, use floor protectors under your furniture, avoid contact with other external surfaces where possible and use drawer or shelf liners in internal compartments.
  • For more information, read the full Ethnicraft Natural Teak care instructions here.
Varnished Teak
  • Your Ethnicraft teak furniture is finished with a varnish. This finish gives the furniture its desired colour and offers a good protection against stains; however even with this extensive treatment, spills should be removed immediately.
  • For more information, read the full Ethnicraft Varnished Teak care instructions here.


Important Considerations

  • Recommended humidity in the room: between 40% and 60%.
  • Ideal room temperature: 21°C during the day, not below 14°C at night.
  • To prevent color differences: do not place your furniture in direct sunlight, move objects placed on the furniture from time to time and open your extendable table on a regular basis.
  • Avoid exposure to extreme conditions: do not place furniture near heating sources or air-conditioned spaces
  • Do not drag the furniture along the floor, always lift the furniture when moving.
  • Always ensure water and solutions used to clean the floor do not come in contact with the furniture's base, as it might leave permanent marks.

Usage Guidelines

  • Push-to-Open hardware is fitted on some furniture pieces in our range. It is important to engage the hardware evenly to ensure smooth operation. Place two hands on each side of the drawer/door when opening and closing to ensure an even amount of pressure is applied. Misuse may cause the mechanism to jam or the runner to disengage and become damaged. This will not be covered by warranty.
  • Furniture with hutch doors will use a Pneumatic (gas-lift) hinge and excessive force should not be used opening or closing. Hutch doors are not weight-bearing and should not be lent, kneeled or stood-on. Applying excessive force or weight may result in damage to the hardware and will not be covered by warranty.
  • Do not open multiple drawers and doors on a furniture item at the same time. This can create a tipping hazard by moving the centre of gravity forward and making the furniture item unstable. To reduce the risk of tipping, install a wall tether to secure the furniture item.


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