care for your tom faulkner furniture
Our team of skilled craftsmen combine traditional and modern techniques, producing work of the very highest quality, and every piece of furniture is made to order.
All furniture should be treated with the utmost care to prevent damage, but throughout the collection we use a wide range of materials and finishes, each of which needs to be cared for in a different way.
Our solid wood table tops are made of oak, walnut or elm that has been treated with Osmo Polyx Oil. This is a hard wax/oil that provides a good level of protection from everyday spills and stains. Particular care should be taken in the first 4 weeks after delivery whilst the wax fully hardens – you will need to use coasters and place mats to protect the wood during this time. Once the wax oil has hardened, coasters and place mats aren’t necessary. However, very hot dishes and saucepans (from the oven) should always be put on a mat. To clean the top on a daily basis use a damp cloth and then wipe dry with a clean cloth. Wipe off anything that will stain straight away, eg red wine, balsamic vinegar, oil, tea, coffee, alcohol, etc.
There will naturally be variations in the colour and grain of the timber in your table and as you use the table it will develop its own unique patina to tell its story.
Steel is normally painted or patinated. It should require very little maintenance, but for every day cleaning use a damp cloth, and a mild detergent if necessary.
Black patina steel tops are treated with a two part lacquer, making them very hard wearing. Clean using a soft, damp cloth. For polished stainless steel use a duster, or to remove finger marks etc. use Tom Faulkner glass cleaner with a soft paper towel or soft cloth. Clean ‘with the grain’. Never use a cream or anything oil based.
We treat our marble table-tops with a sealant which provides a level of protection from spills and stains. For every day cleaning use a soft cloth or if necessary a damp cloth with a mild detergent. Never use cleaning products that contain abrasives, acids, or bleach. Always wipe off anything that might stain like red wine, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, oil, tea, or coffee straight away. We recommend using coasters under glasses and cups.
On our dining chairs we mostly use a semi-aniline leather, which is perfect for daily use. To clean use a soft cloth. On our Berlin easy chairs we use an English bridle leather. This will pick up signs of use as time goes by. You should not be concerned about this – the leather will age gracefully, and will become full of character. For every day cleaning use a soft cloth, and from time to time a small amount of leather conditioner may be applied.
bronze and brass
Our bronze and brass is either brushed, polished, or patinated, and might be lacquered, depending on the product.
Aged and mottled tops have five layers of wax applied to them, they have no protective coat as such, so they need to be treated with care. Clean with a damp cloth.
Polished and dull polished tops have a nano lacquer applied to them which provides some level of protection, but they also need to be treated with care. For every day cleaning use a duster or a damp cloth. Do not use any cleaning products. Any water or fluid on a bronze table top should be wiped up and not left to sit.
Tom Faulkner glass cleaner is perfect for cleaning glass and mirrors. Use with a soft paper towel. Please note that although glass is very hard, it will scratch if not treated with care. However, it will not be marked by hot plates. We do recommend using table mats and coasters.