Caring For Your Wooden Furniture
Having invested time and money into a stylish new piece of furniture to enhance the look of your home, it is important to carry out regular maintenance to ensure it remains in excellent condition for many years to come. Here at Unique Bedrooms, we want to make sure you get the most out of your wooden furniture, which is why we have compiled a list of handy tips so you can care for your wardrobe, table or desk in the most effective way possible.
Typically, dusting is a key part of any homeowner’s cleaning routine, so don’t forget to dust furniture once a week using soft cloth and, while doing so, buff up the surface to restore its finish. Regular dusting removes collections of airborne particles which can scratch the surface. A top tip is to use a slightly damp cloth to avoid scattering the dust into the air.
To enhance the finish of your wood, use a minimal amount of warm water and mild dish soap to clean sticky spots on the surface so you do not cause any damage to your piece of furniture. Use an old toothbrush for those areas proving to be difficult to access and wipe the dirt off the surface with soft cloths or paper towels until they appear clean. Then, dry off any excess moisture with a soft cloth.
Unless your furniture has a plastic coating similar to those used on kitchen tables, NEVER use all-purpose cleaning sprays or solutions as these can be too harsh for the wooden surface which, in turn, can cause serious damage.
After thoroughly cleaning your piece of wooden furniture, the best way to protect the finish is to apply a thin coat of good-quality soft wax as directed on the label. Wait five minutes and buff lightly with a soft brush or cloth before waiting a further 30 to 60 minutes and buff/brush again using more force. Soon enough the wooden surface will have a beautiful shine which will have your guests asking for your secret!
Wax provides a durable, long-lasting finish that doesn’t smear or show fingerprints, as opposed to oil polishes, cleaners and furniture oils which only protect the wood by making the surface more slippery; they do not offer a hard protective layer and can attract a great deal of dust.
If you have noticed scratches on the surface of your wooden furniture, the ideal treatment is to apply paste wax, or you could even use the suitable colour shoe polish. For deeper scratches, use wood filler or a coloured filler wax stick available at local home improvement stores and match the colour as closely as possible to ensure it complements your piece of furniture seamlessly.
Keep your furniture out of direct sunlight as otherwise it can ruin the finish of your wooden piece of furniture, causing it to fade, dry out and crack over time. Furthermore, do not place wooden furniture near heating units or vents as the dry heat will cause the wood to dry out and shrink leaving cracks. A humidifier will increase the moisture level in the drier months.
Our experts here at Unique Bedroom are dedicated to helping you create your dream bedroom using the finest materials available. Our highly skilled carpenters provide meticulous care and attention to detail with every aspect of your design, ensuring a durable and long-lasting investment. For further information simply give us a call or contact us online today.