Wood is a product of nature and therefore acts in ways beyond human control. All hardwood has variations in colour and grain. These wood characteristics put their own unique touch to each piece of solid wood furniture. No two pieces will ever be exactly the same. Art by nature.
Because most hardwoods are open grained, solid wood furniture will expand and contract with changes in humidity and temperature even after protective finishes have been applied. Indoor humidity should be kept in the 35% to 40% range to minimize these effects. Additionally, direct sunlight and fluorescent fixtures that contain ultra violet rays can cause chemical changes in the wood and finish and should be avoided. Furniture should also be kept away from direct sources of heating and cooling and should not be stored in an attic or basement.
Cleaning your heirloom couldn't be any easier. The best possible cleaning for your solid wood Amish furniture is warm tap water. Wipe it down and dry it off, step back and admire. Some finishers recommend adding a bit of mild detergent but harsh soaps or anything with abrasives should of course be avoided. Polishing and waxing products on the market are not necessary and anything containing silicone should be avoided. Silicone interacts with the existing finish in a way that makes it almost impossible to refinish should there ever be a need to do so.
When cared for properly your Amish furniture will be a piece of timeless beauty to be enjoyed and treasured for generations.