Product TLC

Our furniture is made by craftsmen whose aim is to produce gorgeous numbers which we'd be happy to have in our own homes.

Each item is handcrafted using traditional furniture-making techniques, a great deal of skill and a whole lot of love. Finishing by hand ensures each piece is truly unique and individual, so here are some top tips for keeping them that way (and ensuring any warrantees we offer are not invalidated through improper use):

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Woods

With a bit of love, you can keep your Loaf wood pieces looking gorgeous forever. Here's one or two tips for looking after it…

Keeping it tip-top

  • Wood needs a regular rub-down and dust off with a nice soft cloth. Occasional wiping with a mild, wood-friendly detergent solution makes it feel a little more loved too. Dry with a lint-free cloth.
  • Changes in atmospheric temperature and humidity make all timber expand a little. So you might find drawer movement gets a bit stiff. Get them running nice and smoothly again by rubbing a little candle wax on the drawer runners.
  • Each piece of wood has its own unique grain pattern, which means you can sometimes get a slight variation in colour, shading and grain between different products and within the same product. Small splits are a normal feature to all natural wood furniture and will only add to the character of the piece!

Things to avoid...

  • Using polish containing silicone as it can spoil the finish over time.
  • Direct sunlight or heat which can stain, discolour, crack or warp it.
  • Dragging furniture across the floor. It will cause damage to the joints, not to mention your floor and your lower back!
  • Leaning backwards on two legs of a chair or stool. It may weaken joints - and is apparently bad manners (though we've never quite understood why).

Cleaning it up

Remove spills from your wooden product straight away using a clean, damp cloth and then dry immediately with a lint-free rag. Job done.

Bone

Each piece is painstakingly laid by hand so every bone inlay table top is unique and full of character. Here's a few tips to keep it looking blinkin' lovely…

Keeping it tip-top

  • Unlike wood, bone will have a natural tendency to yellow over time. To counter this, place your bone inlay beauty where there is sufficient and even sunlight.
  • Keep it looking bright and breezy by giving it a polish from time to time with some colourless natural beeswax.

Cleaning it up

  • Remove spills from your bone product straight away using a clean, damp cloth and then dry immediately with a lint-free rag. Easy.
  • Bone is a touch on the sensitive side so stay clear of any off-the-shelf cleaning products.

Metal legs

Keeping it tip-top

Our top tip: stay clear of metal polishes. They'll damage its protective coating and spoil its good looks.

Cleaning it up

  • Give it a wipe with clean cloth and buff with a lint-free rag if needed.
  • Make sure to avoid using metal polishing cloths that might have been impregnated with any of those metal polishing compounds we're trying to stay clear from.

Metal table tops

If you've ordered a product with one of our metal finishes, then here's a few tips for giving it a bit of love. Note that zinc is a soft metal so it will earn the odd mark or dent over time. But distressed is what we're going for here so happy days!

Keeping it tip-top

  • Our metal table tops are all finished with a light wax but you can smother it in a light layer of clear wax (we like Briwax) every now and then to lock in the lustre.
  • Watermarks and stains from acidic food can be permanent so you might want to invest in a few fancy coasters and placemats.

Things to avoid...

Strong sunlight or heat sources: our metal products are cool customers and can warp at high temperatures... which would take the 'distressed chic' thing much too far!

Cleaning it up

Clean your metal lovely with a nice clean cloth and some gentle detergent (avoid yucky chloride-based ones and metal polishes).