Moon Valley Rustics Care & Maintenance Guidelines
Moon Valley’s linseed oil-based stain has a uniform color consistency, seals out moisture, protects against mildew and blocks the damaging effects of ultra-violet light. It also penetrates the wood in order to help prevent discoloration. In order to maintain the stained items, it is recommended to wash and dry the areas then re-apply a coat of stain. Moon Valley supplies their stain in quart cans which can be purchased from your local dealer.
Varnished Moon Valley furniture has two coats of specially formulated marine grade spar varnish to provide high gloss appearance while adding further durability against moisture penetration. It is recommended that the finish be maintained once each year. Finish maintenance starts with a light sanding using a medium-grit sandpaper (100 to 120-grit) or steel wool. Be sure that the surface is clean and completely dry before applying fresh varnish. Next apply a coat of the fresh Moon Valley varnish, usually by brushing. Let dry as needed and repeat again for extra protection against weathering. Moon Valley supplies the specially formulated varnish in quart cans which can be purchased from your local dealer.
Moon Valley products are made from white cedar. Cedar is naturally more resistant to weather decay and insect damage than other types of wood, so you can simply leave it as is. Over time, it will turn a silvery-gray color which gives it a rustic, aged look. However, there are finishing options such as using a water sealer, varnish, stain, or paint based on customer preference. Before undertaking any of these options, please refer to our website for suggested finishing steps.
Cracking or Checking of the Logs
You may notice some cracking or checking of the logs on your furniture, which is completely natural and necessary for cedar left in log form. This does not compromise the integrity or strength of the product in any way. Many times, it enhances the natural rustic beauty of the furniture. For more information on cracking and checking, please visit our website (www.moonvalleyrustic.com).
If it is not possible for you to store the furniture indoors for the winter, simply stand or lean your picnic table (preferably on blocks) against your house or garage. This will help lessen the effects of weathering by not allowing snow or water to accumulate on the flat surfaces of the furniture. Do not cover with plastic or place the table upside down on the ground, as this will trap moisture against surfaces and cause damage. If you choose to cover the furniture, be sure that the cover is breathable and allows for proper air ventilation.
Although your furniture has been constructed for greater strength and stability, it should be checked periodically for looseness or wear. Regularly inspect joints, bolts, and hooks and hardware if necessary. These items can be purchased from your local dealer, or by using the below contact information.