1. Dust regularly
2. Do not re-oil
In addition to wood cleaning, being mindful of where you put your furniture, and what you put on and around it, can prolong its appearance & durability.
Being an organic product, timber furniture is susceptible to its surrounding conditions. Spikes in temperature and humidity means the timber can expand or contract given the circumstance.
Making sure the piece stays mostly dry is important. When wood gets too wet, it can peel, fade, and even warp, seep the piece out of the elements are much as possible (i.e. rain, wind, fog & frost). Pot plants should have a dish under them as not to let water sit on the surface for long periods of time.
Keeping a wooden piece out of direct sunlight will keep it from fading too. To reduce UV damage, it’s advisable to put it in an area with shade if outdoors, and somewhere where a curtain or blind can be drawn if indoors.
If you’ve got a dining table, coffee table or side table, scratches & scuff marks can occur as the surface is constantly used. The best way to protect the top is with a tablecloth.
Do not put hot pots or pans on a timber surface either. Coasters, placemats & heatproof trivets will provide a good barrier between the two. Just remember to avoid products that have rubber or vinyl backings that will sit directly on the wood, as the heat can react and ruin the finish.