Solid timber furniture can make some of the most appealing interiors for your home, provided you take proper care of the furniture pieces. Wood is a natural material and is more prone to chips, scratches, and other damages than other materials like plastic and metal. Unique timber furniture needs regular cleaning, refinishing, dusting, and more.
Here is a guide to caring for and cleaning your beloved timber furniture, whether it’s a wooden bed frame, wooden coffee table, or a wooden TV unit.
- Don’t mistreat furniture
You should always avoid heat and ring damage to your timber furniture. We recommend using coasters when setting mugs and glasses on wood tables. You should also not place hot foods directly on the table’s surface without using a potholder or trivet. You can incorporate decorative tablecloths or placemats to protect your solid timber dining table from drink spills or food.
- Avoid environmental damage
Heat, sunlight, and other environmental factors can wreak havoc on your unique timber furniture. You should never place any valuable furniture near uncovered windows, fireplaces, or vents. Direct light and heat can cause damage and result in fading the wood.
- Dust frequently
Dusting as a regular chore might seem frustrating for you, but it is one of the best ways to care for your solid wood furniture. Airborne particles result in building a filmy layer on the timber’s surface that can lead to scratches. Frequent dusting keeps dust building at bay. To dust timber furniture, you should always use soft cloths like cloth diapers, microfiber cloth or clean, cotton t-shirts to avoid damage. For the hard-to-reach places go for Lambswool dusters.
- Keep it clean
Dusting is not enough in some cases, and you’ll see that it is necessary to regularly clean your timber furniture. However, you should never use all-purpose cleaners that will cause damage to the finish. If you want to clean any sticky or heavily soiled spot, all you need to do is mix a mild dish wash with water and dip a cloth to clean. Wring the water out as much as possible and wipe the area gently. You must follow up rinsing with a damp cloth dipped only in water and wipe off immediately with a dry cloth.
- Protect the timber
Most commercial sprays and polishes contain petroleum distillates or silicone oil to offer a shiny and fresh finish to your solid timber furniture. It also provides some protection to the wood. However, you should not use too much product to cause build-up that will combine with dirt and create a sticky and dull film. Ensure to rub well when you use products to avoid the formation of build-up. You should never use products with a wax protectant as the combination will result in another sticky mess.
Taking proper care of your unique timber furniture is not time consuming or hard. The reward you get as a result of proper maintenance is a home filled with beautiful timber furniture pieces that look as good as the day you bought them.