Vacuum with a soft brush or wipe with slightly damp cloth. Do not use harsh chemicals. Avoid harsh soaps and chemicals. Sponge with a mild solution of water and soap (dish washing liquid). This soapy solution will give the surface a patina in the old fashioned way. Over time the wood will absorb more of the soap making the furniture repellent to marks and staining.These care suggestions however may not be considered as a guarantee against stains. The stain on the wood is not a sealant and will not protect the wood against moisture.