How to take care of plywood furniture
How to take care of plywood furniture
How to care for our plywood furniture?
Today a few words about how to care for plywood furniture but let’s start with the plywood itself because we have already heard a bit about it. Along the way we have encountered many opinions, or assessments, that plywood is a waste material and plywood furniture is not durable, poor and why would anyone want to design furniture made of such material? We also noticed that plywood is often treated as inferior to chipboard, MDF etc. Is plywood really so weak? Does it make sense to design plywood furniture? It’s time to refute the empty words of people claiming that plywood furniture is good for nothing.
Plywood and furniture
Plywood is, in short, an odd number of layers of compressed wood. Layers are arranged alternately and crosswise and their gluing gives us two types of plywood: exterior and interior.
Technical parameters indicate that plywood has great potential. First of all, plywood is more durable than wood-derived materials and flexible so it can be bent. The alternating layers of wood in the plywood give it a unique look. Plywood furniture is therefore durable, and thanks to the possibility of bending, you can create interesting shapes (soon in our collection there will be furniture with bent plywood :)).
What oils do we use to impregnate our furniture?
For the production of our furniture we use exterior plywood, which we protect with matte oils. We pay a lot of attention to the quality of the protection because we are aware that the better the form of impregnation, the longer the furniture will remain intact. At the moment, we offer the following color options for plywood furniture – acacia, oak, ebony, teak, white transparent, cognac and transparent. The oils we use meet the following standards:
1. EN 71.3 – the coating is safe for children’s toys
2. DIN 53160 – coating resistant to sweat and saliva.
3. DIN 68861.1A – coating resistant to stains from drinks. Category 1A
gives the highest resistance. In addition, the oil is completely safe for humans, animals and plants
and is approved for contact with food.
Why do we protect the plywood furniture with oil?
The main reason is the aesthetic value, matte oil perfectly fits our tastes. The second reason is the ease of repeated and point oiling of the furniture in the case of a small damage without having to re-protect
the whole piece. Thanks to the oil protection, the wood can breathe freely and it does not
flake or crack.
How to care for oiled plywood furniture?
Despite many assurances about oil resistance given by the manufacturer, it is necessary to pay attention to the proper use and cleaning of oil-protected plywood furniture. Do not leave wet stains from beverages, etc. on oiled surfaces. Once the liquid has been spilled, it should be wiped with a dry and soft cloth. Rough rags and sponges must not be used because they can damage the coating (not mention
any sharp tools, scrapers, etc.). To clean the stains, use a wetted soft cloth. Mechanical damage to oiled plywood Like any other material, plywood is also susceptible to mechanical damage. When the surface of the plywood and the oil applied to it is slightly damaged (a small piece of wood without major dents or scratches), one must again go through the process of grinding and oiling; fortunately, we can focus only on the damage. It is best to use paper with high gradation of 300+ and gently grind the place of damage until it is removed. Then apply a layer of oil, preferably with a soft cloth, which will again protect the damaged area. In the case of major damage, everything depends on its size but the
protecting process looks the same. If we have a deeper cavity, deep scratches, then they should be covered with a filler (apply a bit extra and then grind the excess) and after drying it protect it with oil.