If you own or are planning to buy solid hardwood furniture, you’re in for a big investment. So it makes sense to do all you can to preserve the value of your furniture. Let’s take a look at how to care for your hardwood furniture so you can protect your investment.
Taking Care of Your Hardwood Furniture
Unlike synthetic materials like plastic and vinyl, wood is a natural substance. So wood is vulnerable to other natural elements, such as chemicals, and natural forces, such as heat and UV light. This means if you take poor care of your furniture, it might begin to look worn and lackluster in a shorter time than it should. Caring for your furniture is going to make it look beautiful for generations to come.
Cleaning Wood Furniture
The first step in caring for your hardwood furniture is cleaning it. To clean wood furniture pieces, use a damp cloth and mild dish detergent. Simply mix a small amount of dish soap with water and use the cloth to gently clean the surface of the furniture. Avoid using too much water, as this can damage the wood.
To remove dust from your hardwood furniture, use a soft dry cloth or a microfiber cloth. This will help prevent scratches on the surface of the wood. Dust your furniture regularly to keep it looking its best. If you opt for using furniture polish, use it sparingly because it tends to build a film on top of the finish that’s already on the furniture. With that said, a good annual cleaning will help protect the finish of your solid wood pieces.
Removing Water Rings
Water rings are a common problem with hardwood furniture. If you have a water ring on your furniture, don’t panic! To remove it, mix equal parts of baking soda and water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the water ring and let it sit for a few hours. Then, wipe it away with a clean cloth.
Furniture polishes can help protect and shine your hardwood furniture. However, it’s important to choose the right polish for your furniture. Avoid using polishes that contain silicone, as this can damage the finish of your furniture. Instead, choose a polish specifically made for hardwood furniture. Apply the polish with a soft cloth, and then remove any excess wax with a clean cloth.
Caring for Solid Wood Furniture
Solid wood furniture is a beautiful and durable piece of furniture. To keep it looking its best, it’s important to avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures and humidity. If you have solid wood furniture, be sure to place it away from direct sunlight and heating sources.
Scratches can occur on the surface of your hardwood furniture over time. As a general rule, cover the areas of hardwood furniture which you repeatedly use, such as on your dining table, coffee table, end table, and nightstand. For example, on the dining table, you might wish to use a tablecloth and/or placemats. Similarly, position felt pads under your lamps on your end tables and nightstands. Also, use coasters to protect the finish from watermarks. Avoid placing heavy objects directly on the furniture, as this can scratch the surface.
Cleaning and caring for your hardwood furniture is important to maintain its natural beauty and longevity. By following these simple steps, you can keep your hardwood furniture looking its best for years to come. So, take action today and give your hardwood furniture the care it deserves!
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Weaver Furniture Sales in Shipshewana, Indiana, leads the way in supplying Amish-crafted, custom-made, solid hardwood furniture to customers across the United States. The top Amish artisans in the Midwest painstakingly handcraft each piece of furniture from Weaver. And the Amish builders use quality hardwoods like cherry, maple, and oak. So it’s little wonder the pieces are so beautiful, sturdy, and long-lasting. In fact, with proper care, the furniture you buy from Weaver should last for generations to come.