3 Ways to Care for Your Marri Furniture
When you invest in Marri furniture, you could be buying a piece that will become a treasured heirloom for many years to come. Any piece of natural timber furniture will require some occasional care and attention to keep it in excellent condition. Sadly, many people don’t know how to clean and maintain real timber, and they resort to using off the shelf silicon dusting and polishing products. In this article, we will look at three simple ways that you can take care of your Marri timber furniture.
1. Simple General Cleaning
When you carry out a simple, general day to day cleaning on your timber furniture, there is no need to resort to using spray on dusting and polishing products. These “cleaners” may give you quick shine, but they actually attract dust and make your furniture dirtier over time. Avoid using any abrasive cleaning products on your furniture because they will scratch the surface. The best method is to use a slightly damp clean soft cotton cloth to clean the furniture surfaces. The use a soft, clean, and dry cotton cloth to dry the surface of any remaining moisture and buff it to a shine.
2. Take Care with Spills
If you happen to spill a mug of coffee or a glass of red wine on your natural timber furniture you need to act quickly. Clean the spill with a slightly damp cloth and buff it dry again as shown above. The extent of any lasting damage will depend on how quickly you clean the spill and the finish. An oil finish will penetrate the surface of the wood, and this will make it less resilient to spills and heat damage. A polyurethane finish builds up on the surface to create a protective layer that fills the grain, and this is very resistant to stains and scratches.
3. Understand Your Finish
How you approach the maintenance needs of your timber furniture will depend a great deal on the type of finish that was applied to the surface.
An oil based finish will age gracefully, the timber is penetrated to protect against staining and moisture damage. As a natural product, timber needs to be nourished from time to time to bring the finish back. Applying a thin coat of natural oil with a clean, soft cotton cloth once or twice per year will allow the timber to breathe. Then beeswax can be applied and buffed to bring out the grain and the shine.
A lacquer finish will always look as great as it did when it came out of the workshop. This is a zero maintenance finish for those that don’t have the time or inclination to oil and wax their timber furniture. The lacquer is sprayed onto the timber to provide a protective layer over the surface of the wood.
Both finishes have their pros and cons, and it’s important to understand these before you choose your finish.
If you’re interested in Marri timber furniture, get in touch with us here at Jarrimber and take a look at our selection.