Perhaps there is something primal in human nature, returning us to our roots. When it comes to furniture, its aesthetics and functionality, wood pieces are second to none. Regardless of the theme or location, it is nearly impossible to think of a scenario in which splendid wood furniture wouldn’t fit just perfectly. The greatest drawback of the aforementioned wood furniture is that it is not as easy to maintain. Here are some tips on how to care for a wood furniture inside or outside of your home.
Keeping it Safe
Now, wood is almost certainly the most common furniture material there is. This means that the industry of products for its care is quite developed, as well, but in most cases, we can accomplish more by simply being careful than by applying countless layers of protective substances. The simple truth is that overexposure and intensive sunlight are quite detrimental to your wood furniture. If your outdoor pieces are made of wood, this can be a real issue, so you should do your best to diminish the effect of these two factors.
Storing It Away
As some of you will probably say, the sun is as it is and there is nothing you can do about it, but this attitude is as wrong as it gets when it comes to furniture. In a recent conversation with people at designer furniture store Robert Plumb, it was brought to my attention that probably the most effective way of keeping your wood furniture safe is by covering it when you are not using it. During inclement weather, this won’t suffice, but most of the time this method of furniture protection will be more than adequate.
Another crucial factor for maintaining your wooden furniture lies in cleaning it regularly. As we already mentioned, when it comes to the simple visual beauty, wood is second to none and beauty has its price. Stains and cigar smoke have especially negative effect on your wood furniture. This means that it must be cleaned twice as often and with twice the vigilance. Use a simple homemade water and soap solution for maintaining your wood surfaces clean and you won’t have anything to worry about.
Furthermore, when it comes to wood as an extremely porous material, dusting it every now and then is more than necessary. Because of its nature, wood is more susceptible to the harmful aspects of dust. However, by being alert all the time and dusting your furniture on a regular basis there should be no problems whatsoever. One thing must be noted, older furniture (or even an antique) requires a bit more careful approach. This is why it would be best if you talked to an expert before taking any steps here. If you do have an antique piece of furniture the last thing you want is to damage it while dusting.
Polishing and Waxing
Now don’t get me wrong, keeping your furniture away from harmful factors is an essential step, however it is not self-sufficient. Unfortunately time takes its toll and even if you are the most careful person on the planet, your wood will age. It’s just the way things are. On the other hand, effects of this aging process can be significantly diminished by occasionally polishing and waxing your furniture. This simple action won’t take much of your time, but can make your wood furniture almost age-proof.
Even though some would complain that this is simply too much of an effort, when it comes to maintaining your home’s dazzling beauty, how much effort is too much. By constantly caring for your wood furniture, this chore will quickly turn into a habit. In just several months, you’ll start doing it even subconsciously and it will become quite natural to you. What’s more, the chances are that your wooden furniture will look better than it has ever looked before.