How to prevent Wood Furniture

Just like wood floors, hardwood furniture should also be cleaned and cared for. It can prolong the life of the furniture as long as cleaning is done properly. Extending the life of furniture can save tons of money as one will not have to replace anything.

There are several factors as to why wood furniture gets damaged and ways on how to prevent them.

Heat and Humidity
·       Furniture sets that are crafted from wood is carefully dried up. Doing so will retain the wood's moisture so that the furniture can adapt by either shrinking or expanding, depending on the humidity level of home.
·       However, if one is not having an air conditioner or dehumidifier, furniture may absorb too much moisture in the air and it may expand too much. This may cause furniture doors and drawers to stick, making it hard to open.
·       Remember, constant and abrupt changes to the humidity can cause damage to the furniture.

To prevent damage, one needs to remember the following:
·       Use a dehumidifier in the winter and an air conditioner in the summer.
·       Avoid placing them in direct sunlight. If it cannot be helped, be sure that there are curtains on the windows to protect the furniture.
·       Do not place them near places where there is a lot of heat, such as the fireplace and radiators.

Cleaning of Furniture
·       Before applying any cleaning solutions, check or contact manufacturer for any recommendations, proper ways of cleaning, and such because every furniture product and its finish is different.
·       Also, do not use strong chemicals like alcohol to clean the surface. They can harm the finish of your furniture sets.
·       Repairing small damage can easily be done by oneself. But before doing it, test cleaning chemicals and such to areas that are hidden or not easily seen. This is to know whether or not it can damage the finish or surface.

Tips on Repairing and Cleaning of furniture:

·       To repair them, one simply needs to use a shoe polish, a crayon, or a felt tipped marker.
·       The color must be the same as your furniture.
Rings and Water Marks
·       To remove them, one can use mayonnaise or white toothpaste.
·       Rub it on the affected area, and then wipe it dry.
·       After that, wax or polish it.
Milk and Alcohol
·       One can use liquid or paste wax on the stain.
·       Rub it on the affected area, and then wipe it dry.
·       After that, one can wax or polish it.
Cigarette Burns
·       If the burn is shallow, one can use a steel pad but rub them lightly.
·       After use the same method in removing scratches. However, deep burn marks cannot be repaired through this method.
·       To remove deep burn marks, scrape it using a utility knife or razor blade.
·       After it either uses a wood-type body filler, shellac stick, or wax.

Wax and Gum
·       Use an ice cube wrapped with a cloth on the surface of the affected area.
·       When the wax or gum hardens, scrape it off gently.
·       After that, one can wax or polish it.
·       Remember, if there is a liquid spill; wipe it immediately to avoid any inconvenience.
·       Wood has always been the preferred material when making furniture products. However, many customers fail to recognize good wood furniture from the not so good ones. This article, however, hopes to help inform you on how to make good decisions when buying wood furniture.

For the members of the society who are socially active, home decoration is included in their top priorities. Moreover, patrons of furniture items have gone through marked changes in their perception. Because of the different changes in furniture choices, people can now choose from among the best. And among the choices of furniture, wood furniture is considered as the top choice of the experts of furniture items. It is said that the pride of having a priceless and excellent piece of wooden furniture is addictive and unmatched.

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