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Material & maintenance guide

Oiled Wood
All of our furniture is made from the finest North American hardwoods. Unless otherwise noted, we finish each piece with a proprietary mix of oil and wax until the optimum amount of protection and sheen is achieved.
To a greater extent than lacquering, oiling is our preferred method of finishing because it leaves wooden surfaces with a more natural look and feel. It provides a good amount of surface protection while bringing out the wood’s inherent beauty.

It does, however, require a greater amount of care and maintenance than lacquered surfaces. We don’t necessarily believe this is a bad thing. It creates more interaction with the furniture and fosters a greater sense of appreciation for the handmade quality of our products.

For daily care, dust with a soft dry cloth. Cleaning can be done using a soft cloth wrung in lukewarm water following the wood grain and dried immediately with a soft cloth following the wood grains. For more severe cleaning soap specifically developed for oiled wood can be used. Our preferred product is called Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner.

Oiled furniture, namely tabletops, will slightly dry out over time and we recommend applying a maintenance oil as needed. Our preferred product is called Osmo Maintenance Oil.

As a general rule, always use trivets for hot items and coasters and placemats for dishware. Avoid use of cleaning detergents and abrasive cleaning agents as they may damage the surface of the oiled wood. Avoid placing wooden furniture in direct sunlight, excessive heat, or humidity.
Lacquered Wood
Lacquered wood offers a stronger surface compared to oiled wood that is easier to clean and requires minimal maintenance.
For daily care, it is recommended to dust the furniture with a soft cloth. Lacquered and stained wood can be cleaned with a soft cloth wrung in a mild solution of lukewarm water and an ammonia-free detergent. Always follow the wood grains and always dry with a soft dry cloth immediately after cleaning.

As a general rule, always use trivets for hot items and coasters and placemats for dishware. Avoid use of cleaning detergents and abrasive cleaning agents as they may damage the surface of the oiled wood. Avoid placing wooden furniture in direct sunlight,
excessive heat or humidity.
Leather
All leather used in Stillmade furniture comes from vegetable tanned full-grain hides by specialty regional tanneries and finished in-house with a natural mix of oils and wax. Each hide has its own unique set of natural characteristics (stretch marks, scarring, etc.).
For daily cleaning, use a barely damp rag and wipe into the
leather followed by a dry rag to pick up any excess water.
Metal
We collaborate with industry leading machinists and fabricators to produce our custom hardware and metal components.
Waxed brass is intended to patina beautifully over time. It should be cleaned by dusting with a dry/soft cloth. Please refrain from using any liquid or chemical cleaning solutions as they will affect the finish. Polished brass surfaces can be re-polished using a polishing cream.

Stainless steel hardware requires no maintenance and has the highest resistance to corrosion among metal hardware.
Gold Leaf
Utilizing 16 karat pale yellow gold, we’ve developed our signature gilded designs, which have a protective varnish top coat so as to not deteriorate and discolor over time.
Gilded Stillmade products use genuine gold leaf applied to a wood composite substrate and finished with a varnish designed specifically for gilding. Still, gilded products should be handled with extreme care. For general cleaning, use a dry rag to dust the surface. Refrain from using any cleaning products other than water as they can permanently damage the finish.

There is no customizing gold leaf options.
Stone
We source most of our stone internationally. Although each slab is hand selected, no two slabs are the same. Each piece will have its own unique grain and beauty. Our travertine is filled, honed and sealed.
It is strongly recommended always to use a trivet and/or coasters and to not place glasses or cups with liquids directly onto the surface. Avoid the use of any polish, ammonia-based detergent, and abrasives as these may permanently damage the finish. As a natural material, travertine is sensitive to liquids and if not removed immediately, spilled liquids will leave a permanent stain. For daily care and cleaning it is recommended to use either a warm damp rag, stone cleaner, or mild detergent. Always wipe dry after cleaning.

It is recommended to re-seal the table once a year.
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