Tips to make your wooden furniture live happily ever after

Tips to make your wooden furniture live happily ever after

Keeping your wooden furniture looking as good as new requires maintenance; just polishing the wood won’t cut it.


We tend to spend a ton of money buying beautiful wooden furniture, but very rarely do we actually treat it like a precious long-term investment. In an era of quick fixes and quicker replacements, it’s still possible to keep your wooden furniture looking as good as new for years to come. The key is taking the effort to maintain it the right way.

First off, 3 Things You Must Never Forget:

At the outset, there are 3 facts about wooden furniture that definitely need mentioning. You can refer to these as if they were the commandments themselves for wooden furniture. The longevity of your furniture depends on it (Clearly we take wooden furniture pretty seriously)

- Water left to puddle or stand can dull or mark the finish of your furniture and extreme exposure can even warp the wood.

- Dirt, dust and grit can dull and scratch your furniture.

- The Sun's UV rays can cause discoloration over time.

Now, that you’re aware of those 3 basic principles, let’s get down to the list of Dos and Don’ts.

Do:

Following the tips below will give your wooden furniture the right kind of care it needs, to be able to retain its original luster for several years. What’s more, they’re really simple tips that you can execute by yourself without any external intervention at all.

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- Wipe up spills immediately using a soft, dry cloth. Start at the edges of the spill and work towards the center. You can also use coasters, pads or runners to protect against water spills and rings.

- Dust as often as you get the time using a soft, lint-free cloth.

- Limit your furniture’s exposure to sunlight using curtains, blinds and drapes.

- Maintain the temperature at 21-23 degree Celsius and the relative humidity at 50-55% at your home.

Don’t:

That done, now let’s get to the things you should avoid doing at all costs, in order to keep your wooden furniture from undergoing an early onset of wear and tear. The last thing you want is to do something you think is harmless but which causes damage to your furniture. So, yes, avoid doing these things and your furniture will have a really good chance of growing old with you.

- Use cloths or mops that are dripping with water to clean your furniture, as it should not get wet or soaked.

- Try to feed your furniture. No matter what the advertisements say, wood cannot be fed or nourished or enriched with polishes or oils.

- Place wood furniture near heating units or vents because the dry heat will cause cracks.

- Use a duster that could scratch the surface of your wooden furniture.

By keeping all these tips in mind you could very easily preserve the condition of your wooden furniture for many a year.

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