||reserving the warmth and beauty of solid hardwood furniture
Thank you for choosing the Keystone Collections™. We are confident
that, with proper care, our furniture will provide a lifetime of service.
In both the manufacturing and finishing of our furniture, we try to
bring forth the character and beauty of the wood. When working with
hardwood lumber, it is expected that there will be variations in the
color and grain. These variations make it impossible to guarantee an
exact match in finish between two pieces of furniture, even though
identical finishing processes are applied. These characteristic qualities
give solid wood furniture itís unique charm.
Hardwoods are a natural fiber. Because most solid woods are
open grained, your solid wood furniture will breathe, expand and contract
with temperature and humidity changes even after protective
finishes have been applied. Care needs to be taken to control the furnitureís
Your selection of furniture
from the Keystone Collections™
will provide you with some of
the finest quality
furniture available today. Your
choice of this furniture will
add "the warmth and beauty
of solid hardwood" to your
home furnishings. Made
in America. By American
Craftsmen. With American
Hardwoods. Since 1986.
Recommended Care Instructions
Extra Care for the First Two Months
The premium finishes that protect your furniture require 30-60 days to achieve full cure for maximum protection of the wood. During this time, use caution to protect the finish so hot materials (anything too hot to touch with your hand) are not placed directly on the surface of the furniture, avoid the use of table pads and place mats, and refrain from placing heavy objects on the furniture. In time, the finish will achieve its full protective properties, but it needs tender care for the first two months so your investment can last a lifetime.
Control the Environment
Your furniture responds to changes in temperature and humidity
by expanding and contracting. Keep the indoor relative
humidity in the 35 to 45 percent range to minimize
these effects. Ultraviolet light from the sun and fluorescent
fixtures can cause chemical changes in the wood and/or finish. Avoid placing
furniture in an area where the sun will shine directly on it. Keep furniture
away from direct sources of heating and cooling. Avoid storing furniture
in an attic or cellar type environment.
Effects of the Environment
If the humidity moves out of the ideal range, solid wood table
tops could expand or contract, causing a gap in the center or
at the ends where the two halves meet. Uncontrolled humidity
conditions can also cause splits or cracks in the grain pattern
and joints of the wood panels. These symptoms are the result of an uncontrolled
environment and are not considered defective. If the environment is not
controlled, these conditions should be appreciated as an inherent characteristic
of solid wood.
Avoid Dry Dusting / Wiping
Dust and other normally occurring materials in a house contain
tiny abrasive particles, much like fine sandpaper. When removed
with a dry cloth, they abrade the finish and cause tiny scratches.
The result in time is a changed appearance,
most used areas. Prevent this problem by using a cloth dampened
or a mild detergent. The moistened cloth picks up and holds the dust so it is
less likely to scratch the finish.
Care of Glass
To clean glass, spray household glass cleaner directly on rag and wipe lightly.
Protect the Finish
Our products are finished with a premium grade finish
which is applied to all our furniture. This conversion varnish
is hard, tough and resistant to chips, nicks and scratching.
It is also resistant to the following household chemicals:
- Household Ammonia
Oil Base Paint
Latex Emulsion Paint
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Grease (cooking fat)
Nail Polish Remover
Do not place hot items of 165 degrees F or more directly on the surface of your furniture. If the item is too hot to hold in your hand, it's too hot to place on your furniture.
Keep it Clean
Immediately wiping up spills and splashes with a moistened
cloth obviously keeps furniture clean; but more importantly,
you can easily avoid burdensome cleaning and finish abuse by
not allowing the spill to set up or harden. For most routine
cleaning, a soft cloth together with warm, soapy water will do the trick. The
use of well-formulated cleaning products without abrasives can be effective
for those tougher cleaning tasks. If using these products, a follow-up with the
warm, soapy water and soft cloth will help extensively.
Avoid polishes that contain silicone or ammonia. Lemon oil
or similar polishes may be helpful in caring for your furniture.
It can be waxed annually. Be careful to completely clean off
old wax before applying a new coat.