Wood furniture can be gorgeous and contribute to an elegant, traditional style. However, it’s important to care for this furniture properly. Wood is easily manipulated by the elements and easily discolored. Once you have wooden furniture in your home, start caring for it properly right away to get the most use out of it as possible.
Items Not to Clean Wood With:
- all-purpose cleaners
- pure olive oil
Prevent Excessive Moisture
Wood generally contains a certain level of moisture already. Additional moisture can significantly deform the piece of furniture. Therefore, don’t store wooden furniture in overly humid places, such as the attic in the summer. Also, use covers to prevent sweat getting on a chair. Also, use coasters on wooden tables and surfaces. Wood maintains best in conditions of 50 – 55% humidity. Abrupt change in humidity is especially damaging to wooden furniture.
Prevent Exposure to Heat
Heat and sun exposure can strip wooden furniture of its once beautiful color. It can also deform the piece or affect its structural integrity. Keep your wooden furniture away from heaters, ovens, and fireplaces. Also, avoid leaving the window open if wooden furniture is in front of it during a sunny day. The perfect heat for wood is 21-22o Celsius.
Apply a Finish
One of the best ways to protect your furniture is to apply a wax or polish. However, never combine the two! Wax is more difficult to apply. However, its effects last longer. If you choose polish, be sure not to use too much.
There are a number of different finishes that might be on your wooden furniture when you receive it:
A clear finish can be shellac, lacquer, or varnish. It’s important to establish which type of finish you have before treating your furniture. When cleaning, be sure to avoid using alcohol-based products on any finish containing shellac.
Dust often. Slightly dampening the cloth can prevent the dust and other particles from being transferred to the air. However, be careful not to wet the wood too much. Not dusting can leave small scratches in your furniture. It can also allow grease to build up.
Constant dusting can significantly reduce your cleaning requirements. However, proper cleaning requires more. When grease and oil build up on the furniture, it’s best to wipe the furniture with No. 0000 steel wool and a combination of liquid detergent and water. Do not saturate the wood or pour the detergent directly onto the furniture. Also, be sure to dry the piece of furniture immediately with a washcloth.
Wood can breed mildew. When this happens, it is best to use a vinegar and water mixture. Use one part vinegar to two parts water. After letting the solution sit (only for 3-5 minutes), the furniture can be wiped down.
Wood must be handled carefully when put into storage or moved. Things should never be stored on top of wood furniture. Also, it’s important to cover the wood furniture properly. Do not use bubble wrap or plastic wrap, because it will suffocate the wood.
Learning how to care for wooden furniture properly can keep the antique wooden furniture you own looking classic and elegant without looking misshapen and discolored. Your furniture should be something that you can proudly use and display. For more information, contacting a custom woodworking company, like A B Cushing Mills Ltd, can also provide you with additional tips for caring for your furniture.