Moisture and heat can cause severe damage. Moisture will cause the wood to swell and separate the finish from the surface. This type of damage is characterized by a white appearance on the affected areas. If liquids are spilled on the furniture, dry all surfaces immediately. Avoid contact with hot objects as these will melt the finish. If an object is too hot to hold in your hand, it is too hot to come in contact with the finish. This kind of damage is not easily repaired and may require a professional to restore to the original condition.
Products containing acetates can destroy the finish. Common household products include lighter fluid, nail polish remover, alcohol, and more. Avoid surface contact with any of these items.
Placing objects with an abrasive bottom will scratch the finish if slid across the surface. Protect the surface with fabric coverings or apply felt protectors to the bottom of the objects.