Oil treated wood are darker than soap treated wood. Oil treatment creates a soft glow that brings out the contrast in grain and structure of the wood. Oil treated wood age beautifully. As the surface becomes more treated through every day use and proper care, it will grow more resistant to dirt, turns darker over time and reach a rich patina, enhancing their character and warmth. To maintain the longevity and appearance of each piece, oil treated wood should be maintained once a year with special vegetable oil based products. Clean the surface first before applying oil refresher products. Do not soak in water. Dirt can be cleaned using a light, damp cloth by wiping softly and not scrubbing hard against the wood. Ensure any excess water is wiped off using a soft microfiber cloth. It is important to avoid placing abrasive objects on timber. Coloured liquids can also cause very deep spots. Please note that incorrect use of the care instructions is not covered by the warranty. If unsure, seek a professional to maintain the furniture.