5 Simple Tips to Take Care of Your Wooden Furniture
Good furniture can last a lifetime. But, no matter how high quality it is, it is still susceptible to abrasion, wear, and tear due to constant use.
Hence, it is crucial to know how to take care of your wooden furniture as much as possible.
You can follow the specific cleaning instructions that the manufacturer will give you.
Aside from following the cleaning manual, you can also practice the tips below.
You can ensure that your wooden furniture can age gracefully with these pointers.
1. Be Careful of Extreme Temperatures
Set your natural wood coffee table away from extremely hot and cold objects. Doing so can help you keep your furniture look good as new.
Extreme temperatures tend to leave an impression that may change the furniture’s original texture.
If you have to place it near extreme temperatures, make sure to limit the exposure. Do not expose it for too long since this can contract or expand the wood.
2. Do Not Expose to Outside Elements
Wooden furniture can decay if it is constantly exposed to natural elements. These include rain and sunlight.
Natural elements, like heat and light, damage the quality of the furniture.
This is why you need to keep it away from direct sunlight, vents, and fireplaces.
3. Dust Surfaces Regularly
It is recommended to make a habit of dusting your wooden furniture on a regular basis.
Dust and dirt can damage and scratch the surfaces of your furnishings. They also destroy the natural sheen of your wooden furniture.
Neglecting to dust your furniture also makes it look dirty. You wouldn’t like your guests to see them layering up on your table.
You can use a soft cloth to dust your furniture from time to time. Refrain from using rough fabrics to dust off the surfaces. These materials can scratch the surfaces of your furnishings.
4. Treat Your Furniture Right
Careless handling and environmental situations are the two leading causes of damage to wooden furniture.
Remember to use a coaster whenever you place any hot or cold beverages on wooden tables. Never place them on the surface without putting anything under them.
Place decorative placemats or tablecloths on top of the surface. These cloths can protect the furniture surface from stains.
5. Get Rid of Stains
Despite your best efforts, your wood furniture may still get stained. No matter what type of dirty stain you have, you need to clean it as fast as possible. The longer the stain is on the surface, the harder it will be to remove.
To remove white rings from wet mugs:
- Use a paste made of toothpaste and baking soda.
- Rub the paste into the stain until the spill is completely gone.
- Give the surface a wipe and buff with a soft, dry cloth.
To get rid of dark spots from water damage, you can try using vinegar. Soak a cloth with the liquid and blot the stain with care.
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To deal with crayon marks, you can wipe them with mayonnaise and let them rest for a couple of minutes.
Then, rub the surface clean with a damp cloth before you buff it with a dry fabric.
But, be careful when using different substances to get rid of stains.
If you received a cleaning manual with your furniture, consult it first before trying other solutions.
Taking care of your wood furniture is an easy job. It also does not take too much of your time.
It is a low-effort task that can reward you with a home filled with beautiful wooden decor.
Do you have any additional tips to take care of your wooden furniture?
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.