Furniture Care and Maintenance: How to Clean Wooden Furniture Finishes

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Most of the furniture is designed to last for years. But even so, it requires cleaning and maintenance every once in awhile. Keeping your dry wood furniture is a true task, for it requires dedication and commitment.

If you want your furniture to stay shiny and strong for the next several (to dozen) years, here is a list of things you should do.

Keep in mind that each task should be repeated every day, or at least several times a week.

Take care of dust

Even though you may not see it, dust is all over the place. It can fill the smallest of holes and collect quickly on almost any surface, especially the wooden one, which is like a natural habitat for dust. To ensure that your dry wood furniture remains shiny, keep dusting it every day. The process should be thorough and done with a soft, preferably cotton cloth. It should be dry, to preserve the oil and lacquer finishes. If the cloth is wet, it can damage the wood over time, so make sure that it is completely dry.

Spills are very dangerous

Most people don’t pay attention to spills, be it coffee, juice or water. Each of these spills can create a permanent stain on your wooden surface, as well as damage it on a sublevel. Try cleaning spills as soon as they happen. Also, use coasters to prevent water drips. If the glass is wet or moist, it will affect the wood and cause potential problems. Remember to keep the wet and hot stuff away from your wooden furniture, especially the table.

Watch for scratches

In most cases, scratches are an inevitable downside of every wooden floor. If you have wooden furniture directly on it, moving it around from time to time or pulling the chair closer to the table will scratch the floor and leave a mark. Lift your chair and move it closer to the table instead of pulling it. If you want to protect your floor from potential damage, cover it with rugs. Another way of protecting your wooden floor and furniture is by using Koenig Polish spray, designed especially for wooden surfaces. But in the end, it all comes down to being careful, and doing your best to try and protect your furniture, as much as possible.

 Watch out for humidity

One of the very few problems that occur in rare situations are the humidity related problems. Namely, it is known that water and wood don’t really get along, and in this particular case, if you have wooden furniture, you should try and protect it from humidity. Watch for an increase in humidity in your home, and try and keep the level around 40 to 45%. Lower humidity could cause the wood to crack while higher humidity causes swelling. This basically means leaving the air conditioner on throughout the entire summer and using a humidifier during cold winter days. It is a lot of work, but if you want your floor and furniture to shine, you have to take good care of it.

Wax it!

Besides the constant care and dusting, your furniture requires waxing every once in a while, in order to preserve its shine. Every finish can be waxed, and even brightened by special oils and products. Make sure you check the furniture for the signs of wear every month and apply wax as soon as you notice them.

Taking care of furniture is, in some way, like taking care of your child: it requires constant care, proper “nutrition” and treatment, and you have to be gentle with it. Apply the above listed suggestions and your furniture and the wooden floor will shine brightly.

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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