Wed. Jan 19th, 2022

Ten Tips to Care for Wood Furniture

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Wood furniture is durable and can be passed down through generations. Even the best quality wood can still be damaged if it is not properly managed.

It’s a good idea for furniture buyers to request specific care and cleaning instructions. Here are 10 ways to preserve wood furniture for generations.

1. Do not mistreat furniture

Avoid heat damage and rings by using coasters whenever you place glasses or mugs on wooden tables. Never place hot food directly onto them without a trivet/potholder. To protect your dining area table from spillages, use decorative placemats and a tablecloth.

2. Avoid environmental damage

You’re fine wood can be damaged by heat, sunlight and other environmental factors. Avoid placing valuable furniture near open windows, vents, or fireplaces. Heat and light can cause wood to deteriorate and become brittle.

3. Dust often

Although dusting is not something that people enjoy, it is an essential part of the furniture. Dust particles from the air can leave a filmy coating on wood, scratch the surface. This buildup can be prevented by frequent dusting. Always use a soft cloth such as cotton T-shirts or cloth diapers to avoid damage. Because they attract and hold dust, lambswool dusters work well for intricate carvings or difficult to reach places.

4. Keep your wood clean

Sometimes, dusting alone is not enough. You may need to clean your wood furniture. All-purpose cleaners can damage the finish. Use mild dish detergent to clean a sticky or heavily soiled area. Use a towel to wring out the excess water and then gently wipe the area. Follow up with a quick rinse with water and then wipe the area with a soft, dry cloth.

5. Protect your wood

Many commercial sprays and polishes use silicone oil or petroleum distillates to give your wood a shiny, new finish. You should not use too much product as it can lead to buildup and dirt, creating a sticky, dull film. To avoid buildup, buff your skin well and don’t use wax protectants with these products. This will cause a sticky mess.

6. Treat Wear and Tear

Wood furniture can be damaged even with the best of care. For minor scratches and nicks, use Old English Scratchcover. This liquid polish conceals scratches and restores wood’s natural beauty.

You may have to do something more drastic if the damage is too severe to be repaired with polishes and touch up sticks. You can give your furniture a new lease of life by painting it. You can also save time by painting instead of sanding. This is something you cannot do if your furniture is re-stain.

7. Re-Oil Dry Wood

You may have to re-oil furniture that has been stored. Start by cleaning the furniture with Murphy’s Oil Soap or another suitable cleaner. Next, prepare the surface using #0000 steel wool. Always work with the grain. After oiling your wood, liberally let it sit for 15 minutes. If you plan to protect your furniture, allow it to sit for at most 24 hours.

8. Re-Wax when necessary

Some furniture may have a wax protective coat depending on its finish. These furniture pieces may need to be re-waxed as they age. To remove any residue:

  1. Prepare the surface using #0000 steel wool.
  2. Spread a thin layer of wax on the surface.
  3. Use light pressure to follow the grain. The wax should not sit for longer than 20 minutes.
  4. Use a Scotch Brite pad to remove any excess wax.
  5. Buff the surface with a soft cloth until it feels smooth.

9. Keep Wood Smelling Fresh

Older pieces can develop an unpleasant odour if they have been stored. To freshen up older pieces, you can use baking soda and place charcoal in drawers to absorb odours. To get rid of the unpleasant stench, you can leave your furniture outside on a sunny day.

10. Get rid of tough stains

Sometimes, it happens despite your best efforts and a lot of effort. Your beautiful wood furniture will get stained. It doesn’t matter what type of stain it is; it’s important to get it out as soon as possible. The longer it sits, the more difficult it will be to remove.

  • Apply equal parts baking soda and white toothpaste to whiten wet glasses. It should be applied to the stain until it is gone. Next, rub the stain into the furniture with a clean cloth.
  • Try gently wiping out dark spots caused by water damage with a cloth soaked with vinegar.
  • Apply mayonnaise to the crayon marks. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before wiping clean with a damp cloth.

It’s not difficult or time-consuming to take good care of your wood furniture. The reward will be a home that looks and feels just as great as it did the day you bought it.

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