Pine Stair Parts

Scandinavian Redwood

Pinus sylvestris (also known as Scotts Pine)

Pine Stair Parts

 

General description

 

The heartwood is pale reddish brown in colour and resinous. Annual rings are clearly defined by contrasting light and dark zones. Pine can be stained, painted or polished to achieve an attractive finish.

 

Pine is a traditional material used for stair parts production and will, like many other timbers, vary in grain and colour from piece to piece.

 

Over a period of time, depending upon the intensity of the exposure to daylight, the colour of the pine will mellow i.e. become darker, this often happens in an erratic manner causing some pieces to appear lighter than others. This effect is natural and not as a result of the manufacturing process. Problems can arise if an object is left on the wood's surface for an extended period of time, as this will inhibit the colour change of the timber below and may result in a patch of lighter wood that will take longer to mellow. The mellowing of pine occurs rapidly for the first 2 years and then appears to slow until it eventually reaches full "maturity".

 

Characteristics of wood

 

Pine stair parts may change shape due to variations in humidity and temperature causing the wood to swell or shrink, resulting in unevenness and minor cracking.

 

Knots are completely natural and are not considered to be a defect.

 

Sapwood (which is the part of the tree which transports nutrients) appears as light streaks or areas. It is completely natural in pine and is not considered to be a defect.

 

General care

 

Regardless of whether the stair part is oiled, soap treated or lacquered, it can become scratched if treated carelessly and caution must be taken regarding grime, grease and liquids.

 

Your pine stair parts will benefit from a limited amount of maintenance to keep them in prime condition.

 

Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or heat sources.

 

Stair parts should be treated with wax polish immediately upon receipt and repeat applications applied every three months to protect and nourish the wood.

 

DO NOT Use household cleaning products, solvents or cleaners intended for materials other than wood, as they are liable to damage the finish.

 

Removing everyday dirt

 

Using very fine wire wool, NOT SANDPAPER UNLESS THE STAIR PART IS ALREADY VARNISHED - lightly rub the stair part in the direction of the grain of the timber. This will remove any grime and debris that may have built up on the surface.

 

Treating accidental stains

 

Any spills, hot or cold, should be wiped up immediately with a damp cloth, using a blotting rather than a wiping action. DO NOT apply excessive pressure to the stained area.

 

Treating dents, scratches and marks

 

Stair parts which have been scratched, marked or indented can in some cases be repaired by placing a cloth soaked in hot water on the damaged area until the wood fibres rise up. This result can also be achieved by placing the tip of a hot iron on a damp cotton cloth and pressing over the area. Always allow the area to dry, then sand with very fine grained sandpaper. Veneered or lacquered stair parts cannot be repaired in this manner.

 

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