Furniture Care: Wood
Posted On September 19, 2011
Wood may be one of the easiest furniture categories to maintain, but just like any furniture items it does require some simple care and maintenance. By following the below tips you can help insure the life of your wood furniture.
Direct sunlight may darken wood furniture. Carefully consider the placement of wood pieces in relation to sun exposed areas. Curtains can also help to redirect sunlight.
Wood expands and contracts with humidity & temperature changes so it's normal for drawers, doors, legs, and table leaves to tighten in the summer and loosen in winter but you can help reduce these effects by placing your furniture away from highly humid or dry areas, such as directly next to air vents.
Using coasters, tablecloths, or place mats when dining will help you avoid scratches, dings, and water rings. Place trivets under all serving dishes to keep heat from damaging the finish.
Cleaning & Care.
Wipe spills immediately. Tough sticky spots may require a small bit of hand dish soap, just be sure to rinse clean with a damp cloth and dry any excessive moisture.
Do not use harsh chemicals and abrasives. Avoid wax based cleaners and polishes as they may leave a residue over time. Clean with a lint free, lightly water-dampened cloth.
A good furniture polish can be applied 2 to 3 times a year. Make sure the product is compatible with the finish.
Dust regularly with a soft, dry cloth.