Hooked on Hooks’ racks of hooks are intended for indoor, household use. Dry outbuildings, such as barns and garages, that are not subject to extremes of temperature and humidity might also be acceptable environments.
Wood is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs water and moisture from the environment in which it is placed. For this reason, I do not recommend positioning your rack directly over a radiator or close to any direct source of heat. This could cause the wood to dry out, possibly leading to warping or splitting.
Kiln-dried wood is more resistant to hygroscopy – air-dried wood may be more vulnerable, depending on how long it has been left to season. The majority of wood used for Hooked on Hooks’ racks is reclaimed, which means it has probably been around for many years, negating concerns over how it will respond to moisture and temperatures.
Plinths made from reclaimed wood may have such markings as cracks, scuffs, knot holes, dents, old nail holes etc – which are all 'natural' characteristics typical of Hooked on Hooks’ racks.
Different finishes require different sorts of maintenance. The individual tag attached to your new rack will tell you what sort of finish has been applied – beeswax and hard wax oils are probably the most common. Beeswax - easy to apply, easy to revive – can usually be revived by buffing with a soft, lint-free cloth and/or soft bristled brush. Further applications of beeswax should result in an as-new finish, if desired. Hard wax oil - designed for floors as well as furniture - is extremely hard-wearing and should last for many years. Most cleaning-reviving can be achieved with a very slightly damp lint-free cloth.
Most of the hooks used on Hooked on Hooks’ racks are maintenance-free. Refer to the individual tag attached to your rack to see the type of hook you have.
Cast Iron or Steel
Most reproduction hooks are powder coated – ‘to last forever’ – and require no maintenance. Older hooks, especially when placed in a damp environment, may attract surface rust. This is usually easily removed with a cloth, or fine wire wool. The surface can then be refinished or brought back to ‘new’ using ordinary beeswax polish.
Brass or Copper
Most Hooked on Hooks’ brass hooks are not lacquered and will gradually take on a dark patina with time. If, of course, you prefer your brass polished, use a normal brass cleaning product, taking care not to allow the polishing agent to come into contact with the wood.