Fronts in smoked oak / sawn cut smoked oak are treated with a dark beeswax and fronts in natural oak veneer / sawn cut natural oak are treated with a natural light beeswax. The beeswax penetrates the wood and stays as a protective layer on the surface, and penetrates slowly into the wood over time. The fronts can be treated with wax when needed, and before applying additional treatment the veneer should be cleaned with soapy water. Wood is a natural material, where no two pieces of wood are alike and therefore no two completely identical doors. Wood is constantly changing, which means that the structure and the color will change over time, and the biggest changes will happen in the beginning. Wood reacts to humidity. During summer, wood expands and here it can happen that larger areas may be slightly arch. In winter, wood contracts again. When the wood is working, expands and contracts, it may cause shakes, which are small cracks between the grains. These are harmless and can be treated with the wax. To ensure the longest possible life of kitchen doors made from wood veneer, it is important that they are continuously nurtured and maintained. Below, we have gathered some care instructions and maintenance tips for you to apply at home to ensure that you can enjoy your kitchen doors for several years.
Waxed veneer doors: Daily cleaning must be done by wiping with a soft, lint-free cloth with lukewarm or hot water. Wiping must be done in the direction of the grain and never use abrasive detergents or similar products for cleaning. Besides the daily cleaning, waxed wood veneer doors are cared for and maintained with Guardian wax (natural or dark beeswax) a few times a year. For thorough cleaning use Guardian Wood Cleaner followed by a thin layer of wax.
- Daily cleaning with damp cloth.
- For stubborn stains recommended Guardian Spatulas
- If the woodgrains "rise" (become rough) sand it lightly with fine sandpaper - never use steel wool
- Treatment, cleaning or sanding must always be done in the direction of the wood grain
- Avoid exposure to heat and humidity, as this can cause stains
- Should never permanently be covered with air tight materials for extended periods of time
- Treatment should be done on both sides.