Reclaimed wood has been used to create many things. It is popularly used for both residential homeowners and businesses to meet today’s ever-growing need for sustainable and eco-friendly furniture and products.
So what exactly is reclaimed furniture and where does it come from? Reclaimed furniture is made from old timber that has been previously used in the construction of a building or structure. Any wood that is recycled from the demolition or disassembly of a structure is considered reclaimed wood. This is different from salvaged lumber, which is wood that has never been used in any construction but may have been sitting idle in storage for years and years.
Why Is Reclaimed Wood Better?
Using reclaimed timber has many wonderful advantages over that of new wood. It reduces the demand for newly-harvested wood, helping prevent deforestation and reduce the burden on the landfills.
It’s durable and more stable
Old timber is more durable and stable than the wood grown today. It is usually denser because tree rings are closer together from a slower growth period, stronger, and lasts longer than new growth wood.
It has its own history
It gives your furniture a history and a story to tell. It would be more interesting and appreciated to know the history or origin of the wood.
Character of the old timber
In today’s market where everything is mass produced, owning a piece of reclaimed furniture gives it character and a uniqueness no-one can replicate. Every piece is different and cannot be mimicked giving you your own piece of art and one-of-a-kind product. Aging also brings out the color and hue in the wood.
How To Care And Maintain Your Reclaimed Wood Furniture
Keep Out Of Direct Sunlight
Put your reclaimed furniture to a safe location. Too much direct sunlight can cause discoloration, warping, and other wood damage.
Cleaning regularly helps keep reclaimed wood from looking dull, getting scratched, and other damage. Dust furniture at least once a week with a soft cloth that is slightly damp. Cotton or microfiber clothes work well.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Never use harsh chemicals to clean your reclaimed wood. Avoid most wood-cleaners, especially if they’re ammonia-based. Instead, invest in a high-quality furniture polish designed for solid wood. We recommend cleaning products Feast Watson Furniture Polish (for Outdoor) and Furniture Maintenance (for Indoor) . Another option is Aussie Furniture Care who have a range of Timber Furniture Care products to help longevity of your furniture.
Move Furniture Carefully
It is also important to take care when moving your reclaimed furniture and lift the items rather than dragging them to prevent damaging the joints as well as saving your flooring from scratches.
Keep Away From Heat
Keep the temperature as stable as possible and don’t place the furniture near a heating or cooling vent. Quick temperature changes can cause wood to shrink, split, dry-out, and swell. Also, make sure there’s always a hot pad on the table before you place a hot item there, even for coffee cups.
Reclaimed wood furniture is environmentally-friendly. It gives new life to wood salvaged from barns, constructions, warehouses and other sources that would otherwise go to waste.
Make sure upfront that you'll be getting wood that's been properly treated. It is safer to purchase reclaimed wood that has been checked by the professionals or finished furniture made from reclaimed wood.