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You've got a new, one of a kind, piece.  It's important to know how to take care of it to ensure it last for years to come.  Fortunately, care for your unique piece is quit simple and the same general rules apply no matter what your custom made piece is.

The biggest threats to any woodwork is sunlight, chemicals, extreme temperatures, water, and normal wear and tear.

  • Sunlight:

    • Wood will naturally age over time meaning its color can fade or enhance.  Sunlight will accelerate this process so it is important to keep your piece away from direct sunlight and rotate decorations frequently to prevent uneven discoloration.  

    • Anything with an oil based finish will tend to "yellow" regardless and sunlight will accelerate the process.  

    • At Bolt Woodworks we prefer to use natural, environmentally friendly, finishes.​  However, from time to time or upon special requests, we may use other types of finishes.

  • Chemicals and cleaning:

    • Spills happen along with the need to tidy up.  The natural reaction is to reach for a cleaner​.  Try to avoid cleaners and simply use a damp cloth for most of your cleaning needs. Chemicals may damage the finish and may not be easily repairable.

  • Extreme temperatures and water:

    • Extreme heat, cold, and standing water can damage your woods finish leaving white cloudy patches or other discoloring.  These are not easily repairable but easily avoidable.  Use coasters, pot holders, oven mitts, or other forms of protection when enjoying beverages and placing other hot or cold items on your work of art.

  • Normal wear and tear:

    • By all means, use and enjoy your custom piece as they are made to last.  Follow the above guidelines to promote the longevity of your one of a kind piece.  Sometimes, normal wear and tear only enhances the look of a wood.

Over time you may decide to add additional protection to your wood or refinish it.  Depending on the finish used, we can walk you through the appropriate steps required.  If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.

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