The first thing is to always protect your furniture from water, cold and hot drinks, plates and pots. It is easy if you have thick place-mats, coaster easily available, especially for kids and guests.
There are 2 things you may want always to have at home:
- Danish oil(we like medium walnut for most of the pieces; it will not change the wood color but will enhance it). It will be enough for years and years to come. Alternatively, you can use Teak oil (for indoor furniture).
- Very fine steel wool (0000)
You will also need a soft cotton cloth (old tee shirt is our favorite) and gloves (similar to those that medical nurses use). Please do not use any store-bought cleaners, like Pledge and similar; save your money and your furniture.
If Kijiji sellers say their furniture is made of solid teak, it just does not make it true… Buyer beware.
This is a common misconception, fueled even more with sellers on popular classifieds as Kijiji or Craiglist claiming their MCM furniture is made of solid teak (or rosewood or walnut). In fact, however, almost all high-end Danish furniture (not including chairs, legs, handles, and frames) is made with teak or rosewood veneer placed over less expensive wood like pine or plywood or particle board.