Avoid Direct Prolonged Sunlight
Keep distressed wood products in a safe location, away from direct sunlight. Too much sun exposure can cause discoloration, warping, and other wood damage.
Use coasters to protect the surface.
Use a humidifier in winter months. If the item is in a damp room consider using a dehumidifier.
Dust once a week with a microfiber, cotton, or lint-free cloth. Remove any dust from the wood with a soft, dry cloth.
Avoid Harsh Cleaners
Never use harsh chemicals to clean your reclaimed wood. This includes avoiding your common wood-cleaners, especially silicone or ammonia based.
Fill a bowl or container with lukewarm water and add 1 teaspoon of neutral-pH soap. Use a soft, clean cloth or sponge to wipe down the wood surface.
For any intricate carvings, use cotton swabs dipped in warm water to clean and a dry cotton swap to dry out.
About once a month apply microcrystalline wax in a thin, even coat using a brush with short, natural bristles. Polish the wax to a full gloss.