Take good care of your precious wooden furniture as they add warmth and verve to your home. They also last a long time, making them important heirloom pieces. A simple swipe of a rag to clear dust and grime off the wooden surface may not be enough to lend long-term care to your beautiful home furnishings. Here are five other wooden furniture care tips you will find useful.
Covering your fine wooden furniture with basic protective fabric can extend its life. Coasters, hot pads, placemats, runners, tablecloths, and table pads are effective at ensuring that the wooden finish and the furniture piece itself remain unblemished.
When you arrange warm dishes on your wooden tabletop, always use hot pads underneath the serving dishes. Coasters and placemats, on the other hand, prevent moisture from ruining the delicate wooden surface. Table cloths and pads shield your furniture from damaging ultraviolet rays that can fade the finish and bleach the wood.
Even the simplest act of writing with a ballpoint pen can scratch the surface, so always have a protective pad handy when you write on a wooden surface. Scratches can also result from sliding items across the furniture surface. Thus, slip felt underneath items like lamps and vases when you arrange them on top of your wooden furniture.
After getting hold of high-quality wooden furnishings from sites such as Multiyork, protect your investment by arranging furniture in areas away from direct heat or sunlight. Wooden furniture placed near non-tinted windows is prone to deterioration. If you should position wooden furniture near a window, minimize its heat and light exposure by using curtains and drapes.
Lighting candles on wooden surfaces can also result in damage. Always use a candle stand or tray to catch the dripping wax.
When you spill common household solvents, such as nail polish and polish removers, on an unprotected wooden surface, blot right away to soak up the spilled substance. Do not wipe so that you do not spread the solvent and cause further damage.
Basic Cleaning and Polishing Techniques
Regular dusting prevents grease and grime buildup on your fine wooden pieces at home. Use slightly dampened lint-free cloth that is soft enough to avoid scratches. Dry cloth may abrade the surface, so moisten the rag to soften it a little while it picks up dust and dirt deposits on your wooden furniture.
After dusting, apply good-quality furniture polish. Read the product label and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Wood finishes are infallible ways to protect wooden furniture. They vary in types and protective strengths. Finishes are plasticized films that impart glow to solid wood, emphasize the beautiful grain of the wood, discourage the formation of mildew, and prevent moisture from seeping in.
Wood finishes range from traditional acrylic or nitrocellulose lacquers to high-performing polyester resins. The ones that last the longest are epoxy resin finishes, which are glossy, thick, and transparent.
Take note also that wood reacts to changes in humidity and temperature. It contracts and expands depending on the type of wood. But all in all, wooden furniture that is coated with any type of finish is far more durable and long-wearing than a bare one.
Leah Woodward is a wooden furniture fanatic. When she’s not shopping for it, she’s writing about it online.