Just because your furniture is beautiful doesn't mean it wasn't built to use!
We use high-quality materials, along with attention to detail, so your Martelo and Mo piece of furniture will withstand the test of time.
Follow our simple steps, and your furniture will last. You may even pass it down to a lucky family member you like.
THE NATURE OF THE WOOD
Wood is a natural material with different grain details, colours and finishes. Martelo and Mo's belief is always to honour the integrity of the materials we use, especially our timber.
Our products showcase the individual character, featuring variations in colour and texture, alongside 'blocking' and 'bow-tie joints', which fill in cracks and holes with another piece of wood to allow for effective use of each timber piece rather than letting it be discarded.
Daylight matures wood. Uneven exposure to sunlight could result in colour differences which are very difficult to remove. If your piece of furniture is placed in direct sunlight, you should avoid leaving anything permanently on the surface for the first eight weeks to give a wood chance to initially mature.
Moist and humid conditions can raise the grain and make the surface feel rough; this happens when the wood absorbs the water, causing the wood grain to swell.
It is advisable for water never to be left to stand on the surface of your wooden furniture as the uneven release of moisture could cause wood to warp and split. Wipe dry any large spills immediately.
While the finishes are resistant to moderate heat from plates and mugs, this will degrade the finish faster and mark the surface; we recommend using coasters and placemats. Intense heat (e.g. hot pans) may burn the wood itself and burn marks can be challenging to remove.
We don’t recommend placing your furniture too close to heat sources like radiators, wood burners etc. Strong heat sources or changes to the relative air humidity can cause uneven dry areas in the wood, resulting in cracking or openings at the joints.
Wood will naturally shift slightly, especially in warm climates and environments where temperatures frequently change from hot to cold or vice versa. Make sure you carefully choose your piece's placement and keep it out of direct sunlight to avoid discolouration.
We use hard wax Oil by Osmo, which is extremely tough and hardwearing.
It is also water and dirt resistant. If you encounter any damage to your Martelo and Mo piece, don't hesitate to ask us for advice.
Wipe your timber piece down with a soft, dry cloth (preferably microfiber) to remove dust and dirt.
Do not use abrasive chemical cleaning liquids, polishes, sprays, sponges or scourers to clean the surface. They may cause permanent damage.
Martelo and Mo recommend using Osmo Liquid Wax Cleaner. Please make sure you follow the instructions very carefully, and always check any product before applying – when in doubt, a damp cloth will do the trick!
If a spill occurs, just wipe it up with a damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth to remove excess moisture. You should always immediately wipe off anything that could stain coffee, red wine and vinegar. If left, the surface may need refinishing to remove the stain. Should this be the case, we would recommend consulting a specialist or contacting us directly for further advice.
Take care when placing any items that may have a rough underside as they may scratch the surface.
Please avoid handling any liquids containing alcohol or harsh chemicals near your piece as their damage is severe to reverse.
All wooden parts (except any plywood drawers) may need re-oiling, depending on the usage.
If you wish to refresh your piece we recommend Osmo Maintenance Oil, which will revive dull or matt surfaces without the need for sanding or renovation work
OILING STEP BY STEP
- Clean thoroughly with a damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt then leave to dry.
- Stir the oil thoroughly before and during application.
- Less is more! Layers should be thin; there should never be any pools or drips of oil.
- Don't pour the oil onto the table. You always want full control of the amount applied, applying small amounts using the cloth or sponge will prevent over-oiling the table, which could damage it.
- Ensure the coat covers the entire surface, always check for drip marks down the edges. Wipe away any drips.
- Rub the oil into the grain to get the finish into all the nooks and crannies. Then wipe the table in the direction of the grain to finish.
- Stir, stir and keep stirring that pot of oil.
- Never apply hard wax oil to parts which are not solid wood (e.g. plywood, steel or fixings).
- Always use the same brand and colour your piece was initially finished in, finish the final layer with a clear (matt, satin or gloss) layer. If you are unsure of the colour of your finish, then get in touch.
- Apply your oil sparingly using either a clean, lint-free white cloth or a finishing sponge. Never pour the oil onto the surface.
- Once the entire surface has been lightly coated in a thin and even layer, wipe the grain direction's surface.
- Allow 8-10 hours for the Osmo Oil to dry in a warm, dry well-ventilated room.
- Once dry repeat this process, adding up to two more coats. Caution! Oily cloths and sponges can spontaneously ignite, they must be kept and disposed of inside an airtight metal or glass container.
- Always follow manufacturers guideline how to use their products.
SCRATCHES & MARKS
Sometimes furniture gets damaged. Fix light scratches and marks before any reapplication of oil. These can be removed by lightly sanding the area in the grain's direction using a sanding sponge or fine sandpaper (180 grit or higher).
Finish using 240 grit sandpaper still in the direction of the grain.
Clean away any dust thoroughly before refinishing using the oiling process steps above.