Caring For Your Wood Furniture
You’ve finally got that solid American grown oak wood bedroom set of your dreams. The high quality is apparent in the way it enhances your home. Made with color-matched lumber from superior regions of the United States and a finish done by hand, your new wood furniture is a sight to behold.
Now that you’ve invested in such a perfect piece of solid wood furniture make sure you know how to care for it properly. Maintenance of hardwood furniture shouldn’t take a lot of effort, but there are steps you should take to avoid wear and damage to the beauty of your furniture.
Sometimes wear can come from things that are seemingly out of your hands. Like heat and humidity. You can’t change Mother Nature, but you can make sure changes in the weather don’t damage your wood furniture.
Try to avoid drastic changes in humidity by keeping a humidifier. Also, avoid long exposure to direct sunlight or heat sources to prevent drying and fading.
Sometimes you can cause damage unintentionally. You’d be surprised but a lot of damage happens during cleaning. You do want to dust to rid wood furniture of dust particles that can be abrasive, but you want to do it the right way. You don’t need expensive products to clean your wood furniture. In fact, it doesn’t take much to protect and enhance your wood furniture.
A simple soft cloth like a baby diaper or an old t-shirt can be used to dust your wood furniture without damaging it. Lightly moisten the cloth with a few drops of water, but be sure not to get it so wet that it leaves wetness on the furniture. The moisture in the cloth will help dust particles adhere to the cloth better.
Never use a dry cloth as that can cause tiny scratches in the wood. When you are dusting be sure to dust along the pattern of the grain. Dust underneath objects like lamps or candles by picking them up rather than sliding them across the wood surface. You may want to occasionally wax or polish your wood furniture as well.
To prevent stains and other damage from normal use, make sure to use coasters or pads. Under accessories like lamps always use felt to prevent scratches. And when writing on a wood surface use a pad underneath paper so you don’t leave indentations in the wood from your pen.
Solvents, alcohol, nail polish or polish remover, and similar substances should be kept away from your furniture. Spilling these items can cause a damaging reaction with the wood or finish.
You’re furniture is beautiful and a fine investment. Treat it as such. Make sure it lasts for years to come by taking proper care of your wood furniture.