Just because your furniture is beautiful doesn't mean it wasn't built to use!

 

We use high-quality materials and 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.

 

Lagoa Dining Table, Live Edge American Walnut Dining Table by Martelo and Mo


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 our materials, 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. 

 

SUN/UV LIGHT 

 

Daylight matures wood. Uneven exposure to sunlight could result in colour differences which are very difficult to remove. If your 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. 


HUMIDITY/MOISTURE 

 

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. 

 

Water should never 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. 


HEAT 

 

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, 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. 


TREATMENT

 

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.

CLEANING 

 

Wipe your timber piece down with a soft, dry cloth (preferably microfibre) 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 Wash and Care or Osmo Spray Cleaner to clean your furniture and accessories. Please 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, 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 recommend consulting a specialist or contacting us directly for further advice. 


Take care when placing any items with 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.

RE-OILING 

 

Depending on the usage, all wooden parts (except any plywood drawers) may need re-oiling. 

 

If you wish to refresh your piece, we recommend Osmo Maintenance Oil, which will revive dull or matt surfaces without 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 complete 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; 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 that 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 transparent (matt, satin or gloss) layer. If you are unsure of the colour of your finish, then get in touch

  • Apply your oil sparingly using 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' guidelines on 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. 

 

CHOPPING BOARDS

 

We treated your board with two coats of natural olive oil, and it's ready to be used.

CARING FOR YOUR BOARD:


Hand wash your chopping board with a dishwashing liquid and lukewarm water. This board is not suitable for dishwashers. It is advisable that water never be left to stand on the surface as the uneven release of moisture could cause wood to warp and split. We also recommend pat drying your board after washing it.

AFTERCARE:


The frequency of applying the oil depends on how often you use it and how quickly it will wear off. For example, if you notice a build-up of knife marks and the oil is washing away, that would be an excellent time to give it a light sand and re-apply the oil.

SANDING:


We recommend using 180 grid sanding paper to get rid of any marks. Sand your board until you see the knife marks going away.
Wipe any dust with a clean, dry cloth. Re-apply the oil using a lint-free cloth or a sponge; make sure to cover all the surfaces, nooks and crannies.
Allow the oil to sink into the grain for a few minutes before wiping off the excess with a clean, dry cloth.

Your board will be as good as new.