Mango wood tends to have a subtler grain than Sheesham or Acacia wood which means it will blend harmoniously with existing furniture in your home; the less highly polished, softer finish means that the detailing can come to the fore. Our beautiful Orissa range takes full advantage of this feature with its distinctive yet intricate hand-carved flower and chevron detailing. Check out some fantastic further reductions on Orissa furniture as our Sale continues with some great deals.
Mango wood is a truly sustainable hardwood as it is first grown for fruit and as it gets older and larger and stops producing fruit, the timber is then used to make furniture. Mango trees are very fast growing and will reach around 80 – 100ft in height and about 3-4 ft. in diameter in about 20 years. After they have reached their full height the tree stops producing or produces a lot less fruit and so is then used for timber. After the trees have been cut down, new trees are planted to ensure that the cycle continues making this tropical timber truly sustainable.
Mango Wood Production
Both our Mango ranges are produced by our main supplier in Jodhpur, India. We visit this supplier twice a year so we are able to maintain quality, ensure production is of a certain level and monitor working conditions. Due to our relationship with our supplier we are able to ensure that all timber is sourced correctly and that all furniture is produced to the fair trade standard we expect.
Mango Wood Care
Mango wood should be cared for and treated for in the same way as our Sheesham wood. We recommend the use of Mylands Antique Mahogany Wax this will add both lustre of the wood, feed the timber and keep the colour strong. We recommend waxing your furniture at least once a year but to really maintain lustre we recommend it is done twice and sometimes more if it is used a lot. To watch Simon wax a table simply click here.
To get the best finish from your wax follow these easy steps
- Apply the wax with a soft cloth in a circular motion
- Make sure that there is enough wax on the wood but not too much that it leaves streaks – this is really important
- Leave the wax for 20 to 30 minutes so it hardens off
- Finally buff off - first with a shoe brush going with the grain and then with a soft cloth again going with the grain
- To get into hard to reach places like in the carvings of Orissa – use an inch thick disposable paint brush and cut the bristle length down by about a third, this makes the bristle stiffer and easier to use. Then you can apply the wax into hard to reach places with the cut off brush.
Ring marks and other marks are easily removed by using the Mylands Antique Mahogany Wax and some fine wire wool. For a step by step guide please watch our helpful video guide from Simon, one of our Directors, to watch the video simply click here. We always recommend the use of coasters as the furniture doesn’t have a sealed finish.