How to Maintain a Charles Barr Finish

Any piece of furniture should be dusted on a regular basis; ours is no different. Using a soft clean cloth always wipe in the direction of the grain and avoid circular rotating movements.

To remove any greasy marks use a soft cloth lightly dampened with warm water mixed with a little vinegar or mild detergent such as washing up liquid. Apply the solution wiping in the direction of the grain and after wiping using a clean dry cloth lightly buff up the surface, again wiping in the direction of the grain.

For stubborn marks substitute the water solution with white spirit or turpentine and apply in the same way as above before buffing with a clean soft cloth. It should be noted that if the white spirit / turpentine solution is used to often you will need to re wax the surfaces being cleaned.

Waxing Your Furniture

PLEASE NOTE UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANY SILICONES OR SILICONE IMPREGNATED CLOTHS BE USED IN ANY OF THESE CLEANING OR WAXING PROCESSES. If applied they can leave a silicone film that will cloud the finish and in turn prevent general repairs being carried out easily.

The final finishing process involves completely waxing your piece of furniture by hand therefore all Charles Barr furniture that leaves our factory will not need to be waxed for at least twelve to eighteen months. When new wax is applied, a non silicone furniture wax should be used very sparingly.

Apply any wax using a soft clean cloth again wiping in the direction of the grain. A second clean cloth should then be used to remove any excess wax and to buff the surface.