Taking care of furniture to make it last
PROPER CARE FOR OUR COPPER FURNITURE
At Copper Instincts, we seal all of our copper with clear paste wax (copper should never be sealed with lacquer). To preserve the finish and to keep the copper sealed and protected against spills and oxidation, a thin coat of clear paste wax should be applied to the copper every few weeks, or as needed (when water no longer beads upon the surface). We like clear Briwax best, but Johnson’s, Minwax, or any other clear paste wax is fine.
The procedure is as follows:
First, apply a very thin coat of any commercially available furniture or wood floor paste wax; let dry for five to ten minutes. Then, you should buff to a glossy sheen using a clean, dry cotton cloth. Each additional thin coat of wax makes the copper look richer and more beautiful.
What do I do if my copper furniture becomes scratched or stained? For the most part, nothing!
Why? Copper is an amazing material that tends to heal itself over time with exposure to moisture in the air. Remember that the color tones in Copper Instincts’ copper are fired directly into the copper. If the copper gets scratched or stained it’s only the micro surface that’s been affected, and the wax sealer probably was removed as well.
The best thing to do is leave the affected area alone and let it be exposed to the air until the copper begins to regain its original color (just like how a shiny copper penny turns brown). The amount of time required for this process varies, but it is typically on the order of a few weeks. Once the affected area has healed itself and the original color tones have recovered, the copper should be sealed again with paste wax to preserve and protect the finish. Though the scratch will not technically be removed, it will not be visible once it turns back to the original color.
PROPER CARE OF OUR WOOD FURNITURE
We use oil based stains and seal with a clear coat lacquer finish before it leaves the shop. If the dark brown wood stain gets a nick or a scratch, Briwax brand paste wax (available in the dark brown color tone at most high-end hardware stores, any woodworking store, and some furniture stores) can be applied to cover it. Just wipe it on and buff it off and you are done. Easy!
PROPER CARE OF OUR IRON FURNITURE
Dust it periodically. Wax it if desired. Enjoy!