Sometimes, buyers are seen to be showing interest in unfinished wood furniture and later polish it prior to using it in their house. But if you are buying those Oak Furniture which are fully finished then also you are required to take care of them and maintain them properly. Wood is definitely one natural product and has special requirement if you are thinking of retaining its value for a pretty long time. When you are using central heating, your wood furniture will run through the risk of fast drying up and thus it will end in splitting. Now if you are thinking to avoid splitting then the best way is to make use of beeswax or something similar for polishing the same, thus nourishing the wood on usual basis.
When you are dealing in unfinished wood fixtures be rest assured, your fixtures will darken in shade over time unless you keep on cleaning them, also you need to give special attention to maintain its external sheen. Some will suggest on using vinegar some will go for other wood shining products. But before using anything be careful about the surface resistance.