Handy Tips On How To Care For Wooden Furniture
Are you the proud owner of wooden furniture from The Furniture Source? Are you planning on upgrading your home decor? Even furniture made of the best quality wood needs specific care and maintenance to ensure that it will last a lifetime. Wood is susceptible to scratches, abrasions, and wear and tear in the course of regular use. It is therefore important to take good care of wooden furniture. We have put together some handy tips on the care of wooden furniture, its maintenance, and protection.
Don't wait for dust bunnies to visit your home! Your wooden furniture needs regular dusting to prevent airborne particles and dust from damaging it. Even a thin layer of grime can scratch the surface and destroy the natural sheen of your furniture. Use a soft, dry, non-fluffy cloth to dust. Rough materials can cause scratches. In case you need a deeper clean, use a damp cloth or sponge and a solution of gentle soap to retain the natural wood finish. Avoid all-purpose cleaners as they can cause damage. Wipe damp surfaces dry with a soft dry towel. A regular wipe-down will go a long way toward keeping your wooden furniture looking as good as new.
Avoid Exposure To The Elements
The care of wooden furniture also includes protecting it from the elements. Direct sunlight and rain can fade, warp, and damage your prized pieces. Be mindful of where you place your furniture. Keep it away from fireplaces, heating vents, and windows that bring in harsh sunlight.
Stains happen despite your best efforts to prevent them, especially when rambunctious children and guests are around. Clean stains as quickly as possible to prevent liquid from penetrating the wood. The most common type of stain is the white rings or watermarks that form due to the condensation on glasses. If it has just happened, wipe it using a damp cloth. For an older mark, apply a paste of white toothpaste and baking soda. Rub till the stain is gone, then wipe and buff with a dry cloth. For darker rings or spots, gently blot the stain with cotton or a cloth soaked in vinegar. Mayonnaise works on crayon marks. Allow it to stand for a couple of minutes before rubbing clean with a damp cloth and then buffing dry. For stubborn stains, you may have to gently rub them down with extra fine sandpaper while working in the direction of the wood grain.
Protect the wood
Prevention is better than cure so it is always better to give your wooden furniture a protective coat right from the start. Contact our store to get information on the protection most suitable for your product. The care of wooden furniture can include using wax-based finishing treatments that seal the pores and form a protective layer against moisture. Commercial polishes and sprays are other alternatives that offer protection and a shiny finish. These products, however, should be used sparingly and buffed well to avoid a buildup that can combine with dirt and create a sticky film. Water-based top coats are also a viable option for furniture like dining tables that will be most exposed to oil, grease, and fat stains. Keep in mind that this form of treatment may likely darken the finish of your furniture.
Care of Wooden Furniture
Good care of your furniture involves protecting it from heat, cold, and staining by using coasters, placemats, and tablecloths on it. Avoid placing hot food containers directly on a table without a trivet or a potholder to protect your wood finish. Take care of minor nicks and scratches with liquid polish to restore the finish of the wood. Keep your wood smelling fresh by dusting a little baking powder on it if it begins to smell musty. This absorbs any unpleasant odors that your furniture may be giving out. A piece of charcoal can also remove odor in musty drawers. Re-oil or re-wax your piece of furniture if you notice that it has become too dry.
When purchasing wooden furniture be sure to ask for specific cleaning and care instructions.
The care of wooden furniture isn't hard or time-consuming if done regularly. The reward however is beautiful-looking furniture that graces your home. Do you have any household tips that could help in the care of wooden furniture? Share them in the comments section below. We'd love to hear them!