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How do you care for camphorwood?

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Camphorwood requires weekly dusting and prompt washing of stains and dirt to keep it in good condition and protect it from scratches or permanent stains. Maintenance also includes waxing the wood twice a year to prevent the wood from damage due to dryness.

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Dust camphorwood with a dry microfiber cloth to avoid scratches. If the wood requires cleaning to remove dirt or stains, wash the wood immediately with a wood soap mixture of two capfuls of wood soap to 1 gallon of water. Wet a microfiber cloth in the solution and gently wash the wood to remove dirt and stains. When finished, wipe the wood with a microfiber cloth dampened only with water. Dry the wood with a clean cloth and allow it some time to air dry. When the wood is dry, rub wood wax thoroughly over the wood. Let the wax absorb into the wood for 10 minutes, then remove any excess wax with a clean, dry cloth.

When storing camphorwood outdoors, keep it in a shaded area out of direct sunlight and under a rain-proof cover to prevent weather-related damage. When used indoors, keep it away from direct heat, such as fireplaces or radiators.

Camphorwood grows naturally in parts of Asia and Australia. It is a popular outdoor furniture because of its durable nature and because it naturally repels insects.

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