Once you’ve purchased your wood furniture the task of maintaining and caring for it often seems overwhelming. Because wood is a natural product it can last longer than other types of material. However, to keep it looking great over its lifespan it’s important to ensure you take a few precautionary steps in order to preserve it.
To keep the integrity of your furniture place it out of the sun. The temperature of the summer sun coming through a window can cook the finishes on the wood, fading and destroying them over time. It drys out and shrinks the wood, which can cause cracks. Don’t place your wooden furniture near heating units or vents. Dry heat will cause the wood to dry and shrink, leaving cracks.
Dusting is a must to keep your furniture clean and free from dust. Dusting wooden furniture once daily or at least 2-3 times in a week is a good idea. Use a rag cloth, a feather duster or a brush to safely remove the dirt. While a feather duster will clean large surfaces it can get into the corners and crevices this can be done with a brush or a cloth.
Soap and water mustn’t be used on a regular basis as it can stain and damage the wood use soap and water sparingly to get rid of hard stains. Clean immediately with a dry cloth to avoid staining.
Commercial cleaners contain powerful ingredients that can help clean your wooden furniture and leave it with a clean sheen. However, the disadvantage of these cleaners is that they can contain chemicals. Thus use them sparingly, in an open space and keep away from skin and children.
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