It is during spring that most households will bring out their elegant wooden furniture to enjoy the long elaborate garden parties in their backyards.
Wooden furniture of higher quality can last a lifetime being passed down generation to generation. That’s why we are seeing many conservation and restoration of wooden furniture. But still, even the most durable wooden furnishing is susceptible to chips, scratches, warping, and other forms of damages.
When buying a piece of furniture for your living room, customers are urged to ask their sellers for the specific set of instructions meant for that kind of furniture. Like the last time I was at Solid Wood Dining Table Singapore, the attendant gave me a detailed explanation on how to do some simple routine maintenance and care on the new wooden dining table I had just bought.
Luckily, the steps are relatively easy to perform, On that note, below are some tips on how to take care of your furniture to keep them looking new for generations to come.
Furniture requires frequent dusting in order for them to remain in tip top condition. Dusting every now and then removes air deposits that have built-up and settled on the surface which could eventually cause scratches.
Some of the apparatus you could use to dust include feather dusters and clean, dry, soft wiping cloth. However, to avoid the dust particles from flying freely into the air, use a slightly damp clean cloth when dusting.
Dusting alone is never enough to keep your furniture looking the best. Avoid using all-purpose cleaners as they may cause some damage to the wood and ruin the wooden dining table. If there are remnants of stains, gently wipe them away. If the stains are heavily soiled, dip a cloth in a mild dish-washing detergent, wring it, and gently work it over the spot until the spots are gone. After that, rinse the area and immediately wipe with a dry cloth that is also soft. It is necessary to have all wooden furniture cleaned regularly, though a periodic deep cleaning is also required.
- Do not mistreat furniture
One of the most effective ways to take care of your wooden furniture is through the use of coasters. Coasters help prevent heat damage and water mark formation on the wooden dining table’s surface brought about by placing hot mugs or cups on them.
Furthermore when placing hot plates on the tables, make sure to use a trivet or potholder to avoid direct contact with the wooden surface. You can also place decorative mats on the tables to protect them from accidental spills and scratches.
- Protect against environmental damage.
As much as we love the summer, excessive sunlight can be damaging element on our precious wooden furniture. The best solution is to position furniture away from areas where they would be exposed to high intensity of sunshine. Some places that are not wood friendly include uncovered windows, near the fireplace, or close to the vent.
The light would either fade or damage the wood over the years. Not only will the UV rays discolour the wood, but in extreme cases, can cause irreparable cracking.
Regular oiling or waxing your wooden furniture gives it a smooth lustrous finish. However, most commercially bought sprays and polishes contain bad chemicals such as petroleum distillates and silicone oil. When applied excessively, the protective layer combines with dust and other particles to create a dull and sticky film.
The best way to combat this is to buff well when spraying and never mix these protective products with a wax protectant because it will also result in the gooey mess we want to avoid in the first place.