Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Caring for Your Wooden Furniture

Taking the time to care for your wooden furniture is always worthwhile. Not only does it maintain the appearance of the furniture, it also increases its longevity, meaning your furniture lasts for many more years! Wooden furniture is a timeless style after all, whether you have a classic oak antique or a rustic grey corona grey furniture collection, giving even more reason to give it the love and care it deserves!

Of course, caring for wooden furniture can be quite challenging. While the wood offers stylish and versatile aesthetic for any bedroom, damage can begin to accumulate without proper maintenance, leading to unsightly wooden furniture covered in stains, scratches, and cracks.  

To avoid any lasting damage and ensure your wooden furniture remains beautiful for many years, check out these tips for maintaining your furniture!

Quickly Clean Up Spillages

Liquids are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to damaging wooden furniture, so always act fast whenever you spill something on a table or bedside cabinet! The liquids soak into the wood quite quickly and lead to severe stains that are very difficult to remove without sanding and varnishing, which is something we all want to avoid!

This applies to coffee or tea rings that have appeared on the surface of the wood, which are easy to ignore but doing so may result in a notable ring stain!

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Not everyone realises that their wooden furniture is susceptible to damage from sunlight, which causes the colour to diminish over time. This can be especially annoying when you have painted wooden furniture, although even the natural wooden tones lose their vibrancy when overexposed to sunlight.

Therefore, you want to avoid lacing your wooden furniture in direct sunlight otherwise it may end up fading or bleaching. While losing some of the colour of your furniture may not seem too bad, especially with natural wood styles, remember that it can lead to mismatching furniture is some parts are not exposed as others – take note if you have a dining room set!

Know the Right Cleaning Materials

Maintaining wooden furniture isn’t rocket science – just a few standard household cleaning materials are more than enough for the task!

For example, even just cleaning away spillages and other mess with a damp cloth should be more than enough to keep the surface looking good. For tougher stains, try using a small amount of liquid soap.

Regular dusting is also recommended to help maintain the wood, while using the occasional wood polish is also a great idea. Be mindful of cleaning materials that have harsh chemicals as these are likely to damage the surface of the wood.

Again, water is usually enough for cleaning away marks, providing you don’t use too much of it (keep the cloth slightly damp) while mild wood polishes provide added protection. Also, always wipe the surface with a dry cloth after cleaning.  

Protect the Surface

A simple yet effective way of maintaining your wooden furniture is by adding extra layers to the surface that act as a protective buffer. For instance, you could add a tablecloth to your dining room table, add cushions to chairs, and use coasters and place mats on coffee tables.