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Creative Elegance Welcome to CEWEB
 
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Durability and Care of Finishes:
 
General Information:  There are many steps involved in producing a fine finish. Stains, sealers, toners and topcoats are applied to protect and enhance the natural woods used. Although Creative Elegance is using a high performance conversion varnish top coat, all furniture finishes are somewhat fragile and require proper care to insure a beautiful, long-lasting appearance. Chipping, cracking, scratches and discoloration are possible if not treated properly. All points making contact with finished surfaces should have felt applied to them to protect the finish. Some rubber or plastic pads and surfaces such as those found on the bottom of telephones, radios and clocks may discolor the finish if put into direct contact with it. While fairly rare, this phenomenon is inherent in all furniture finishes and does not reflect adversely on the quality of the product. Do not allow direct or harsh sunlight to shine on your finished piece, as possible fading or discoloration may occur.  Large and frequent humidity shifts are also not good for any furniture and should be avoided.

Cleaning:
Cleaning should be done with a slightly damp soft cloth. Since the wood is sealed with finish it is not necessary to use products that “moisten” or “oil” the surface. The occasional use of a high grade furniture polish / cleaner will enhance the appearance of your furniture and maintain its factory fresh beauty.  Avoid products containing wax or other chemicals that leave a film or residue. Creative Elegance recommends "Pledge Lemon Clean" (formerly called “Natural Beauty” furniture polish by Pledge).  The mfg. is SC Johnson and is part of their commercial line and is available at Home Depot and other home improvement stores. Polishes of any type should not be used for the first 90 days to allow finish to properly cure.

*IMPORTANT * - In all cases, do not leave damp residue on the finish. Dry completely, as standing moisture can damage the finish. 


General Touch up Materials and Techniques: 
Touch ups and repairs are usually best left up to professional and the following "Tips" are provided as a service.  In general, keep touch ups as small as possible- To much is worse than not enough.  Always test and practice on a sample chip or area on the furniture that will not show.

Soft Fill Stick:  A fill stick can be used to fill a knick or void in a wood joint. It is not ideal for flat areas as it may rub off if the surface is exposed to use or contact.

Stain Pen:  The stain pen has a spring loaded pump action to bring the material up to the tip. Shake well before using to guarantee a good mix of color. This type of touch up can be used in most cases and doesn’t require a lot of experience. Always work up touch up slowly and let area dry before adding additional coats to darken the color.

Bottled Stain (for brushing):  Sometimes it is best to apply stain to an area by using a brush. In this case make sure the material is mixed thoroughly as stain tends to settle to the bottom of the bottle. Using a clean fine brush, carefully apply a very thin coat of material to the affected area. It may take several coats to get the color dark enough to match the surrounding area. If this is the case be sure to let each coat dry at least five minutes before applying subsequent coats.  Use acetone for cleaning brushes but do not apply to finished surfaces as it will affect the finish adversely.

Masking Tape:  If it is necessary to use masking table to cover areas not getting touch up material please use paint grade tape. This usually comes in a blue color rather then the normal tan color. Only leave masking tape in place until touched up area is dry. Leaving tape on a finished surface for an extended period of time may affect the finish.