Maintaining Your Zebrawood Furniture

If you’re in search of a unique wood for household furniture, zebrawood is an excellent choice. The exotic wood from the African tropical forests consists of alternate dark and brown stripes, which creates a uniquely attractive pattern. Dark stripes normally range from brown to black. The light stripes range from soft yellow to cream. The wood is also known as zingana. It is one of the most resilient for furniture purposes, due to its heavy and hard nature. The wood has a remarkably high resistance to termites and various insects, which adds to durability. Nonetheless, you want to be certain that your investment remains in good condition. Below are guidelines to help you maintain your exotic furniture.

General Cleaning

It is best to dust your furniture frequently. This prevents build-up of dust, which can be difficult to clean once it accumulates in the crevices of the wood. Use a dry tack cloth to dust the furniture. You may also want to use a vacuum, with the dust brush attachment, to clear dust from your zingana furniture. Dust your furniture 2 to 3 times a week to help keep it clean.

Limit Water Application

Use minimal water when you clean your exotic furniture. Excessive moisture invites damage to the wood. Avoid wet cloths. If you must use water to clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth. Use a dry tack cloth to dry the surface faster. It is a good idea to use a dehumidifier in the room during the summer to regulate moisture, especially if you live in a humid area. Keep the humidity consistently between 30 and 40 percent. During the winter, you can use a humidifier. When the humidity levels fluctuate frequently, it causes the wood to warp and deform.

Protect from Sunlight

Although zebrawood is an exotic wood species from the tropics, you need to take steps to protect from direct sunlight. Frequent or prolonged exposure to sunlight will cause the wood color to fade. The wood will also dry and begin to crack. It is a good idea to keep your exotic furniture away from direct heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces and air ducts. It may be necessary to draw your curtains occasionally or close the blinds, to limit infiltration of direct sunlight into the room.


Zingana requires a polyurethane finish. This should be applied after you’ve sanded the furniture. Sandpaper helps to get rid of dirt and blemishes on the furniture. Wipe the furniture with a tack cloth. Be sure to brush a sanding sealer over the furniture and let it dry before you apply varnish. Sand the furniture with 280-grit sandpaper after the first coat of varnish has dried. Clear the debris with a tack cloth and repeat varnish application followed by sander action 2 to 3 times. This gives your exotic furniture higher protection. Do not sand the final coat of varnish. Apply varnish onto your furniture every 12 to 18 months.

Avoid Waxes

It is best not to apply wax on urethane-finished furniture. Wax encourages build-up of dust and dirt rather than repel it. This is a challenge to clean on zebrawood furniture because of the crevices.