Wooden furniture are expensive even when you’re building a budget home, furniture should last generations. In order to maintain their beauty and durability, they will always require appropriate care. Just as you care for your personal clothing, furniture need just as much care.
Protect your wooden furniture
Most commercial polishes and sprays contain silicone oil which ensures the freshness and shinny finish of the wooden surface and also offer some protection. Make sure not to use too much on the wood as it might cause build up that combines with dirt to create a dull and sticky feel. Make sure not to use this product with a wax protection as the combination will result in another terrible mess.
Frequent dusting prevents airborne particles from scratching the wood surface. This is because airborne particles can build a film later which will scratch the surface. Make sure to use soft cloth like cotton, T-shirts, cloth diapers or micor fibre to avoid damage. This is one of the best way to take care of your furniture.
Keep your wood clean
If you ever thought dusting your furniture means keeping it clean, you’re wrong. Cleaning your furniture involves the use of water that contains mild detergent in a cloth. In a situation where you have a spot that is heavily soiled or sticky, dip your clothes in the water which contains the detergent, wring it out as much as possible and gently wipe the area. Make sure to follow up with a rinse from a damp cloth containing just water, then immediately wipe with a soft dry cloth.
Re-oil dry wood
If furniture has been stored and becomes extremely dry, you need to re-oil it. Make sure to apply your furniture oil and let it absorb or soak into the wood for about 15 minutes. If you’re going to apply a protective coating, let your furniture set for at least 24 hours before proceeding.
Beware of the Elements
Sunlight, heat and other environmental factors can affect your fine wood. Make sure not to place valuable furniture in front of uncovered windows, vents and fireplaces, as the light and heat can damage and fade the wood. If rain falls on your furniture, you will have a problem as well.
Treat wear and tear
Wooden furniture do sustain injuries irrespective of care given to them. If such happens, make sure to use liquid polishes like Old English Scratch Cover. This polish hides abrasions, restoring the wood’s inherent beauty.
Enobong Alfred is an intern at Jabborro PR, promotional managers of the Akwa Ibom Estates brand.