Known for its remarkable density and colouration, Indian rosewood has become synonymous with luxury furniture. Wood furniture is a living article, and just like our skin, it requires love and care. The rarity of Indian rosewood makes proper care a critical factor, particularly in older furniture made from lumber. The reason why Indian rosewood is popular across the globe is its naturally occurring wood grain. The wood grain resembles the flowing vein patterns similar to granite and marble, making Indian rosewood a preferred and an attractive choice for furniture. In the United Kingdom, Indian rosewood furniture is quite in demand. Since they are expensive, homeowners need to know the cleaning procedures and proper regular maintenance routines to preserve the beauty of their Indian rosewood furniture forever.
Indian rosewood is sensitive to the surrounding environment. The lumber expands and contracts with changes in the humidity levels. Your quality wooden coffee tables made from rosewood may contain tongue and groove joinery, allowing for the natural movement of the wood without compromising the durability or finish of the furniture. If the lumber isn’t properly kiln-dried during processing, the furniture may end up with a rippled appearance in its finish. This is caused due to shrinkage during humidity changes. Indian rosewood is also referred to as Sheesham, which is known for its smooth, mirror-like appearance. So check the furniture’s finish before buying one – it will have unique irregularities in the grain that makes it more inclined to move with seasonal changes.
Placement and Storage
You are advised not to store your rosewood furniture in the basement since basements have high humidity. Moreover, refrain from placing your Indian rosewood furniture next to any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, heaters, or radiators. Dryness and the excessive heat can lead to crack and split. Moreover, keeping the rosewood furniture under direct sunlight may cause fading of its natural colours. In order to prevent the formation of dark spots underneath, you can sporadically move the accessories placed on the surface of the furniture.
Keep it Clean
Lacquer is used to provide finish to the Indian rosewood furniture. It helps protect the wood from moisture and heat and produces as high-gloss sheen. Use a dry, soft cloth to remove dust, or you can first wipe the surface with a dampened cloth and then use a dry cloth to remove any moisture left. While lacquer is moisture resistant, liquid spills can damage the finish if not removed immediately.
Always use coasters for your Indian coffee table to prevent moisture rings from hot and cold drinks. Excessive heat can damage the finish as well. Refrain from using silicone-based and multipurpose cleaners.
Refurbishing and Restoring
Every once or twice a year, apply a coat of furniture oil to your Indian rosewood furniture. Use a soft, clean cloth to rub the oil over the wood surface, working with the grain. Do not use too much oil, as it can form a greasy layer on the wood surface. If your furniture is already treated with lacquer, do not use furniture oil.
If you have any queries regarding the maintenance of your Indian furniture or any other furniture, feel free to ask us.