Wood

More detailed information on the maintenance of your wooden bert plantagie table or cabinet can be found below.

Tables

All wooden tables of the bert plantagie collection are executed in high-quality solid wood. Extending tables are the exception. These tables are furnished with a “3-layer-panel”. The multiplex core is finished with a thin table top of solid wood. The reason for this is that these types of table tops do not expand or shrink, therefore minimising the chance of a malfunctioning extension system.

Characteristics premium quality
Natural characteristics that occur in wood such as excrescences, colour and structural discrepancies and little black spots can and may occur to some extent. Open faults and knotholes may be present at the bottom of the tables. Those characteristics are no reason for complaint.

Characteristics knotted quality
Wood in knotted quality is also known as rustic wood. This type of wood is a representation of the wayward character of nature: the spot where the branching of the wood used to be or began growing. The knotholes and cracks are filled with black stone paste, which makes these flaws more visible therefore giving the table a more modern look and feel. Our knotted quality table tops may contain knotholes, cracks, little open scarcities, dark-coloured resin ducts and slightly varying colour patterns. Since the wood is still expanding over time, little capillary cracks may form around the edges of the knotholes. That is due to the fact that the filled knotholes do not expand.

Cabinets

The solid wooden cabinet collection by bert plantagie is partly executed in solid wood with some high-quality veneer elements to ensure a distinct wood structure. Most cabinets are also available in veneer only.

General information
The wood we use is of high quality and originates in Europe. Only cherry* and walnut wood come from North America. Our wooden products have a high level of craftsmanship and an authentic look and feel. The bert plantagie wood collection consists of the following types of wood: oak, walnut, cherry, ash and beech. All wood types can get a clear oil or varnish finish. Oak and walnut are available in two different qualities: premium or knotted. The knotted version is a more robust (and cheaper) than the premium version. For cabinets we only use premium wood.
* cherry wood used for our model Bono comes from Europe.

Do you like stained wood? Our bert plantagie oak and ash wood can also be executed in various wood stain colours. A layer of clear varnish is added to all wood stain colours. Since the wood around the knotholes keeps expanding after the product is finished, capillary cracks will form on the table top. This is why we will only finish oak wood in knotted quality with light wood stain colours.

You have to understand that wood is a natural product. Trees are never identical. This is why differences in colour and structure between the wood sample or the showroom model at your local dealer or any other piece of bert plantagie furniture made of solid wood can and may exist. This also applies to the number of wooden panels used on your table top. Each piece of furniture is unique and has its very own character. That is what bert plantagie stands for and gives your table an exclusive look. When choosing a wooden bert plantagie product finished with a wood stain colour please keep in mind that the colour may differ from the one you see on the colour sample. Each section of wood is unique and reacts differently when it is exposed to wood stain colours. The bottom side of tables and inside of cabinets can and may differ in terms of colour and structure with regard to the visible parts of your piece of furniture.

Wood reacts to environmental factors such as cold/hot climates and the degree of humidity it is exposed to. Especially in the winter your wooden furniture suffers and might expand or shrink and little cracks might form. Cracks might also form around the knotholes of a knotted quality table top. This is due to the fact that the wood still expands whereas the filled knotholes do not. This feature is linked to the nature of real wood and therefore no reason for complaint. The ideal degree of humidity for wooden furniture is between 45 and 60%. By using a hygrometer you can keep track of the level of humidity in your house. We recommend you to pay extra attention to the degree of humidity if you live in a newly built house. Those houses tend to be more dry due to the good insulation. By exposure to sunlight the wood will gain its definite colour. Depending on the amount of day- or sunlight this process will take some time (6 months up to 1 year). Do not put any hot object on the wood directly. This will leave marks on the table that cannot be removed.

Bert Plantagie wood is finished with varnish or oil. Each finish must be treated differently:

Maintenance tips oiled products
An oil finish on your wooden pieces of furniture keeps the natural look and feel of the wood intact. It does, however, make your furniture more sensitive to moisture and stains opposed to a product finished with varnish. Spilled fluids should be removed immediately. Little scratches and stains can be treated with a scouring pad (available in our online shop). Gently chafe along the speck. Add a new layer of oil after that. Never use any sharp or scouring agents.

Clear oiled wood
walnut oil | cherry oil | oak oil | ash heartwood oil | beech heartwood oil
Do not use cleaning agents for daily care. Wipe your table or cabinet down with a slightly damp cloth and use a dry towel to remove any excess moisture. Depending on appearance and usage, you should treat the wood with clear structure oil 2-40 VK a few times a year. This product is available in our online shop. Use structure oil according to the instructions in the manual. If your newly delivered table looks coarse (which might be due to the change in environment and degree of humidity) you should immediately treat your table with structure oil.

Blond/bianco oiled wood
walnut blond oil | oak blond oil | ash heartwood blond oil
Do not use cleaning agents for daily care. Wipe your table or cabinet down with a slightly damp cloth and use a dry towel to remove any excess moisture. Depending on appearance and usage, you should treat the wood with structure oil 2-30 VK white 40 a few times a year. This product is available in our online shop. Use structure oil according to the instructions in the manual. If your newly delivered table looks coarse (which might be due to the change in environment and degree of humidity) you should immediately treat your table with structure oil.

Sandblasted wood with grey-white oil
Do not use cleaning agents for daily care. Wipe your table or cabinet down with a slightly damp cloth and use a dry towel to remove any excess moisture. Depending on appearance and usage, you should treat the wood with urethane oil grey-white a few times a year. This product is available in our online shop. Use urethane oil according to the instructions in the manual. If your newly delivered table looks coarse (which might be due to the change in environment and degree of humidity) you should immediately treat your table with urethane oil.

Mafi tiger oak clear oil | blond oil (out of collection)
Tiger oak is European oak wood which was treated thermally. The wood is placed in a kettle and electrified until it reaches a temperature of 90°C and the desired cracks form. This results in a discolouration of the wood turning it brown. The cracks are filled with black or white putty. That is why the wood is called tiger oak. Little capillary cracks will remain visible and cannot be filled. The wood may contain significant cracks and knotholes that will be filled. This gives the product the desired look and feel (and therefore no reason for complaint!).
Depending on appearance and usage, you should treat your wood with structure oil 2-40 VK for Mafi tiger oak oil and with structure oil 2-30 VK white for Mafi tiger oak blond oil a few times a year. These products are available in our online shop.

Maintenance tips varnish and wood stains

Varnished or stained wood
clear varnish on all wood types | oak white wash varnish | oak smoked grey varnish | oak foggy varnish | oak basalt varnish | oak volluto varnish | beech heartwood varnish | ash heartwood varnish | ash heartwood blond varnish | walnut blond varnish
Do not use cleaning agents for daily care. Wipe your table or cabinet down with a slightly damp cloth and use a dry towel to remove any excess moisture. The varnish reaches its maximal hardness after two months. Therefore you have to take good care of your piece of furniture in the first months. Coffee, wine stains and others should immediately be removed using a (diluted) rinsing agent and water. Never use wax or any type of scouring agent on your varnished or stained wood.

Air humidifier
To ensure that your home has the right degree of humidity, we recommend using an air humidifier. Wooden furniture has the tendency to dry out if the surrounding air does not have a high enough level of humidity. This is especially true for the colder months of the year when you tend to use the heater more frequently. As a result cracks can form on your furniture. An air humidifier provides a healthy climate for you and your wooden pieces of furniture and can help minimize the risk of cracks. Furthermore it prevents dry skin and irritation of your eyes and airways.