Your new Mavis furniture

Living and getting on with your new MAVIS furniture...

We think that wood is both wonderful and living. Smell, softness, naturalness and authenticity. You get all this as part of the "deal" with wood. However, a product manufactured in wood needs a little understanding and care to enable it to last a long time. Here is a bit of good advice from us...

 

Some general advice:

  • Before you begin to use the piece of furniture, we recommend that you wipe all the surfaces with a light damp cloth. Bear in mind that certain materials can release fluff. It's better to use a microfibre cloth.
  • Most surfaces are sealed with clear lacquer, pigmented lacquer or stain, but are more or less sensitive to solvents. We therefore recommend that you use only a mild soap solution or colourless soap along with a properly squeezed-out cloth.
  • You should place any hot items on a protective pad, otherwise you could get burn marks on your furniture.
  • If you have a sensitive floor and the furniture is intended to stand on the floor, it could be a good thing to use furniture pads for the product or stand it on a mat.
  • Wipe up any spillages immediately.
  • Clear, stained and painted wood surfaces age over time and change colour.
  • We recommend that you regularly check screws and fastenings and adjust or tighten them if necessary. For that reason, you should save any instructions or recommendations.
  • Damp can occur when you first unpack the product. That is because the surfaces harden after packaging. Damp disappears quicker if you wipe all surfaces with a damp cloth. It could be a good idea to let drawers air for twenty-four hours before use. - Dark patches from metals (like pencil marks) can occur on lacquered surfaces, for example from jewellery, keys, bits or zips. The marks can be easily removed with an ordinary colourless eraser.
  • Be careful when you move your furniture around. Dragging it across the floor can damage both your floor and the fastenings in the product.

 

Oiled oak (solid or as a veneer)

Our oak products are manufactured with great care and sensitivity to give you furniture that you will be satisfied with for many years.

  • All our oak comes from European forests applying responsible forestry (see FSC under "environment").
  • The surfaces are oiled with linseed oil to bring out the colours and the structure of the oak. Different colours and grains in the wood are natural and make each piece of furniture unique.

 

A few words about wood

Wood is a living material. That means that there will be variations in both tone and patterns. Those variations are natural and normal, though we always try to match up colours as far as possible. Knots also form a natural part of the product. There aren't many trees that grow with no branches, are there? The knots we choose to include don't affect the durability of the product, but give the furniture a more interesting, unique look.

 

Maintenance of an oiled piece of furniture

An oiled piece of furniture likes entertainment. Perhaps not the same Friday film as you and I, but a drop of linseed oil once a year will help the surface retain its beautiful depth and make it more resistant to stains.

  • If you think the wood is beginning to look a little dry in some places, we recommend that you apply a thin layer of linseed oil and wipe off any excess oil according to the instructions. You should oil your furniture once a month for the first three months. You can find linseed oil in most paint stores or DIY stores. Carefully follow the instructions and be aware of the risk of fire.
  • When you unpack your oak furniture, pay attention to the following: it can take a few days before all the oil has soaked into the wood or dried out. We recommend that you be a bit careful with clothes and bedclothes at the beginning, to avoid getting oil on them.
  • Sometimes, larger parts such as the tops or sides of a product look lighter and drier when you get the product home. That's because solid and lacquered parts soak up oil differently. Apply a thin layer of linseed oil as above.
  • Smaller stains can be removed using fine-grain sandpaper (400 grain). Always apply oil afterwards according to the above instructions.

 

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