How to care for your items…

Kitchen Utensils

Your utensils are coated in a custom beeswax and flaxseed oil blend which gives a food safe protective coating, to make this coating (and your utensil) last longer, follow the guidelines below:

  • Don’t wash in the dishwasher, it only takes seconds to wash in warm soapy water by hand and will make any wood product last longer.
  • Do not soak – Instead wash by hand, hand dry with a tea towel and let your utensil completely dry by air before putting away.
  • To re-season your wooden spoon rub a light coating of any butchers block product or food grade mineral oil, Walnut, Coconut, Flaxseed or even canola oil onto your spoon or spatula with a paper towel, wipe off any excess and leave to dry before using or applying a second coat.
  • With a good coating of oil/wax you should not have any issues but if your spoons do absorb any stain or odours, try cleaning with vinegar or baking soda. After cleaning let dry for at least 24 hours and then re-coat with oil as above.
Furniture & Homewares

Properly cared for, solid wood furniture and homeware from Tóki will last a lifetime and beyond. The following guidelines will help ensure longevity:

  • Try not to position your furniture item in an area that is in full and direct sunlight, UV light will deteriorate the finish more rapidly. In saying this, most areas of the house that receive periodic direct sunlight will not be a problem.
  • For general periodic cleaning, dust removal, etc. A wipe with a damp cloth and a dry with a buffing cloth is generally all that’s necessary
  • Spills and stains should be cleaned immediately, moisture left sitting on furniture surfaces will eventually penetrate the finished surface and damage or stain the timber beneath. Use a damp cloth and if necessary, a quality eco (not harsh) cleaner, once dry the finish can be polished and protected with a natural furniture polish or a product like Pledge.
  • Over time, polishing will be necessary to restore the lustre of the original finish, a natural furniture polish is best for this.
  • With all cleaning, wiping, dusting, etc. Make sure to wipe in the direction of the timber’s grain.
  • If your furniture is scratched, scuffed and needs more than just a polish, generally sanding back to bare wood is not necessary at all; a quick sand with 400g sandpaper to give some ‘bite’ to the surface and multiple thin coats of Briwax Danish Oil will restore the finish to like new. This is a service that I can provide if it is practical to return the item to me for this work.
  • It should go without saying but do not place hot or damp objects directly on timber surfaces. Also be careful not to place unglazed ceramics on timber surfaces, be sure to use coasters.
  • If drawers that run on wooden slides become stiff, remove the drawer from the furniture carcass, wipe the inside of the furniture with a cloth (damp if necessary but make sure to dry before re-fitting). On the drawer itself, rub a small amount of wax furniture polish or hard wax onto the drawer runner surface, polish this off with a rag – It should be a minimal coating and should feel very smooth to the touch, not gunky and sticky as it can if the wax coating is excessive. Re-fit the drawer and you should be good to go.

If you have any other questions about the care of your furniture, please don’t hesitate to contact me.