GlobeWest’s furniture uses high quality wood veneer for some surfaces. Wood veneer is a thin layer, less than 2mm thick, of wood that is applied over particle board, MDF or plywood. Wood and veneer are natural materials and therefore will display natural variations in their grain and colour.
Benefits of Timber Veneer
There are many benefits to timber veneer; namely that it utilises the best, most interesting logs that may otherwise be unsuitable for furniture in their solid form. Veneer can be a more structurally stable option to solid timber in some applications, such as significant changes in temperature which can cause solid wood to crack. Veneer allows for designs that are sleeker, that would often not be possible utilising solid wood. It is also impervious to conditions that effect solid wood such as warping, splitting or seasonal movement.
How to clean Timber Veneer
- Regular cleaning is highly recommended to maintain the product. To dust, we recommend using a microfiber cloth for wood furniture, as this will not damage the surface.
- For deeper cleaning, wipe the surface of your timber with a clean, damp cloth in the direction of the natural grain, then dry with a soft clean cloth to prevent spotting. Do not use a wet/soaking cloth as this will result in streaking.
- If you choose to polish your veneer with a product/solvent, you should always try it out first on a small, inconspicuous area to trial how your veneer will react.
- The surface of your furniture should not come in contact with hot and/or moist/wet containers/materials. We always recommend using coasters, place mats, tablecloths and table runners to protect furniture surfaces from heat and stains. Take extra care to protect your surfaces from candles and heated objects.
- If possible, keep furniture away from any area with a high concentrate of sun to ensure the veneer does not fade or split. Do not apply undue pressure by writing on a veneer table as this can leave impression marks.
- Please note that liquids that contain alcohol, such as nail polish, etc., cannot be removed.
Two-Pack and Painted Surfaces
- Do not clean painted timber with alcohol, ammonia-based and/or harsh chemicals as this may cloud the surface and/or remove the paint finish.
- Clean your painted surface with a dust cloth or feather duster to remove dust and debris.
- Should you use a damp cloth for cleaning, ensure that the cloth is not soaked and the surface is dried with a clean dry cloth immediately after wiping.
- Do not hit the painted finish with a vacuum cleaner or other heavy items as this will chip the finish.
- Avoid using paper towel on acrylic surfaces.