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5 Tips For Taking Care Of Wooden Furniture

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Wooden furniture can add to the décor of your home. However, furniture that is made of wood must be properly taken care of in order for it to continue looking new year after year. In order to properly take care of wooden furniture, you must learn how to clean wooden furniture with different finishes. You also need to know the correct way to remove dirt and grime.

Hard Lacquer And Waxy Finish

Wooden furniture that has a hard lacquer finish or a waxy finish should be dusted with a soft, dry cloth. This kind of finish is easy to clean and does not need any kind of furniture polish to be maintained.

Oiled Furniture

Over time, oiled furniture may become dry. You can combat this dryness by re-oiling the furniture from time to time. You can use a furniture polish that contains silicone oil for this purpose.

Metal Finish

Wooden furniture that has an embossed metal finish need to be maintained with a light furniture polish to keep them looking their best. Use a soft, dry cloth to apply the polish to the furniture.

Sun And Heat Damage

No matter what type of finish your wooden furniture has in order to keep them looking new and to prevent the wood from fading, drying out or shrinking, you should keep them out of the sun. Try to close drapes or curtains when the sun gets extra hot if your furniture is in the path of direct sunlight. You should also keep wooden furniture away from heating vents as well as heating units.

Removing Grime

If you have not been maintaining your wooden furniture and dust or grime has accumulated then you need to use a liquid detergent that is very mild to clean the furniture. Mix the detergent with some lukewarm water and use it to gently clean the surface of your wooden furniture. Rinse off the detergent with a cloth that is slightly damp and then wipe the furniture again with a soft cloth. Bear the following safety tips in mind when cleaning furniture with water and soap.

  1. Water should always be applied lightly.
  2. Never allow water to stand on the surface of wooden furniture.
  3. Avoid abrasive cleaners.
  4. Never use products that are acid based, because these will strip the furniture.

Taking care of your wooden furniture in the correct way will keep it all looking new for a very long time.