Dining furniture care guide

Congratulations! You’ve chosen the perfect dining table and chairs, dining set, or dining room cabinet. Keep it looking like new by following the straightforward recommendations in this guide.
Simply view the section that applies to the type of furniture you’ve purchased – wood; glass; lacquered, veneer and high gloss; or stone and travertine. If your dining chairs are upholstered in either leather or fabric, take a look at our Upholstery care guide.


Cleaning tips

As most wood is absorbent, it’s important to dust your wood furniture often to prevent particles from building up and becoming ingrained in the surface layer. Furniture should be wiped clean with a damp cloth then dried using a soft, lint-free duster. Avoid sprays and silicone wipes and polishes as these can leave marks and residues, and abrasive cleaners as these may scratch your wood furniture.

Cleaning waxed wood

Polish waxed wood furniture, following the direction of the grain, every three months with good quality natural beeswax. Use a soft duster to buff up and retain the natural look of your furniture, and avoid abrasive cleaners, wipes and sprays.

Cleaning oiled wood

When wood is oiled, it needs to be cared for following manufacturer’s instructions.

What you should know

As wood is a natural product, it is normal to have knots that may be filled.

No two pieces of veneer or solid timber are the same and will vary in shade. All timber surfaces will change colour and mellow over time. New furniture will initially vary in shade from any items purchased earlier.

Special instructions

Regulate room temperature
Make sure the air in your room is not too humid or too dry; keep the room temperature regulated. Wooden furniture exchanges moisture with the air and will shrink and expand depending on air humidity. Avoid placing your dining furniture in direct sun, near a radiator or close to a direct source of heat as wood is not heat-resistant or heat-proof.

Protect surfaces from heat and spills
We recommend using coasters and placemats at all times. Never put hot plates, dishes and cups from the oven or microwave straight onto your wooden dining table or cabinet. Let them cool down and then place on trivets, tablecloths or mats.

Keep light levels low
Wood furniture can change colour if it’s exposed to continuous light, so keep your dining furniture in low light areas, if possible, and make sure that any lamps or ornaments don’t sit in one place for too long. You may want to keep the curtains drawn when the room is not in use.

Leave extending tables extended
If you can, leave your dining table fully extended or make sure that its extending leaves are exposed to similar light levels to avoid colour differences between them and the rest of the table top. In fact, extending dining tables should be left extended for the first few months to avoid an uneven appearance.

Add accidental damage cover

While everything at Furniture Village comes with a 10 year quality guarantee, It's worth asking about our 5 year Guardsman Furniture Protection for dining furniture. This worthwhile insurance plan will cover your new dining furniture against any accidental damage.

Be safe

Never move or carry an extending table while the extension leaves are in use – always return the table to its unextended position first. And remember that inserting or removing the extra leaves of an extending table is a two-person job.

To prevent injury and property damage from unexpected tipping of furniture, we highly recommend installation of anti-tip kits, if supplied with your furniture and for any piece of furniture over 600mm in height. As hardware may loosen overtime, periodically check that all connections are tight, and re-tighten as necessary.

The Furniture Village 10-year structural guarantee

At Furniture Village, every single item we sell is built to last and fit to withstand everyday life. That’s why all our sofas and beds, and all dining and bedroom furniture comes with our free 10-year structural guarantee. So you can buy with confidence – and enjoy your furniture for years to come.
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We are here to help

If you have any questions or concerns about your new furniture, please contact your local Furniture Village store for help and advice.