Glossy and Gleaming: Tips To Keep Your Wooden Furniture In Tip Top Shape
So you’ve got your beautiful, custom timber furniture after careful consideration and work with your local furniture maker. What’s next? Your furniture can only look its best as time goes by with the proper care and maintenance. Do you know how to maintain your new wooden furniture to keep it glossy and gleaming over the years? It’s actually quite easy to do so, as long as you keep a few things in mind and keep to a good maintenance routine!
Simple Maintenance is Key
When it comes to maintaining furniture pieces like wooden dining tables, chairs, and the like, the most important thing to remember is that wooden furniture should be kept far away from any moisture as much as possible. This is because prolonged contact with moisture can cause your wooden furniture to warp and get damaged. In this regard, your cleaning and maintenance should be geared towards ensuring that all surfaces are not only cleansed and sanitised properly, but are kept dry as you go.
Be mindful of how you use your furniture. Taking care of wooden dining tables, coffee tables, and other living surfaces starts with being vigilant of what you set on top of it. Water glasses, especially those left out long enough for condensation to occur, can imprint upon your wooden surfaces an unsightly water stain. You can protect your custom timber furniture from preventable stains by means of placing coasters, placemats, table runners, and the like, especially if you are planning on using such surfaces for food and drink.
Aside from this, a good, simple routine can really make the difference for the longevity of the finish of your furniture. This entails the usage of soft cloths to wipe away dust build-up on your furniture. For spills or stains, you can use plain soap and a damp cloth to remove stubborn dirt and marks, but always make sure to have a dry cloth to wick away moisture straight afterward to help protect against moisture damage.
Some swear by the usage of cleaning products such as Pledge – while these may seem like they do the job, be mindful of the ingredients! Cleaning products like Pledge contain silicone, which can build up on the surfaces of your furniture and make it difficult for you down the line if you decide to have your furniture refinished, or if you need to do spot repairs for scratches or gouges in the wood. This is because the application of silicone creates a slick surface tension that repels any product applied over it, and makes it difficult to apply new finishes as necessary without additional materials used. Instead, keep it simple – ask your local furniture maker what cleaning and maintenance procedures they would recommend, as they would know best how to maintain their products in the most efficient ways. It doesn’t have to be expensive, or time-consuming, as long as you remember these tips.