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May 12

Best way to care for wooden furniture

Posted by   Tips & Idea's

Over the years, your classic furniture starts to look old. Like any other household item, furniture looks worn after years of daily use. If you are confused about caring for wooden furniture, here are some great ways to preserve the beauty of your pieces!

Dusting

Dusting furniture on a daily basis is the key to excluding airborne coats that build up in the filmy layer and can result in a scratched surface. Clean, dry, soft cloths or feathers will effectively remove dust. However, to avoid dust in the air, where it floats to the surface of the furniture, it’s good to moisten the piece of cloth slightly.

Classic feather cloth
A feather cloth can quickly remove dust from damaged, delicate surfaces, such as mirrors, silk lampshades, picture frames and art, and sensitive components.

Treated fabric
Soft, non-scrape fabrics pick up dirt to blow dust. Use them in place of silicone sprays, which are not recommended for fine wood furniture.

Lambswool duster
They contain lanolin, which attracts dust and sticks to cleaning tools. They are also effective for blowing away dust from the patterned or curved areas where regular cloth cannot reach. The long handle makes them ideal for hard-to-reach areas, including light fixtures, ceiling, and fans.

Soft, lint-free cloth
Clean cotton T-shirts are usually used. Slightly moisten them to help trap dust.

Terry towels
Use a clean and dry towel to remove any moisture that can be washed off with a damp cloth.

Cleaning

Never use all-in-one cleaning sprays unless your furniture has a plastic cover, such as the kind used on children’s furniture and kitchen tables.
You’ll regularly want to avoid cleaning wood with water. However, sticky spots may require to be treated with detergent and water. Steps: Dip the cloth in mild soap dissolved in water, wring the cloth nearly dry, and wipe the area. Rinse and quickly dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Oil polishes, cleaners, and furniture oils
They preserve the wood by making the area more slippery; they do not offer a solid protecting layer. Products that contain a large percentage of oil make the surface smear, showing fingerprints.

Avoid polishing with pure olive oil, which smells and attracts dust. Most commercial sprays and liquid furniture polishes include silicone oil, which gives some protection.

Apply wax or polish
This protects the manufacturer’s from scratches and helps reduce surface wear.
Wax provides a long-lasting and hard finish protection. Liquid wax is easy to use but leaves a thin coating. It needs to be applied more often than usual paste wax.
Always apply wax in light coats while rubbing the surface with grain. And wipe it with a soft cloth.

The routine of cleaning and care

  • Clean with a commercial cleaning product almost every year. Work with grains and follow product instructions carefully.
  • Alter as needed, using commercial products for cleaning.
  • Feed as a monthly routine using an orange oil or wax to prevent dryness and cracking.

Deep cleaning

As a first step in removing the layers of grime, use oily soap and water. Rinse and dry thoroughly. If the finish still looks dirty, lightly clean it with steel wool dipped in a cleaning product. Some products in the form of milk were developed to dissolve solvent-based and oil-based residues. Do not use a mixture of boiled linseed oil, turpentine, or white vinegar. Museum guards say these items darken the wood and attract dust and coating. Instead, apply clear paste wax.

Polishing hardware
Remove the hardware from the piece of furniture. Clean with metal or brass cleaner and buff. Reattach when completely dry.

Scratch the surface
If the top of the wooden furniture is damaged a little, apply paste wax or use a felt tip touch-up pen.

To treat deep scratches that are found in wood, use a wood filler or color filler wax stick available at hardware and stores. Match the color of your piece as closely as possible by applying several thin layers instead of one thick layer.

Immediate repair
One reason why wooden furniture can last so long is that most damage is easy to repair. Anything made of cheap materials breaks easily, and anything made of cloth loses its luster once the material explodes. In contrast, hardwood furniture is strong and can withstand most mishaps.
The biggest challenge in furniture repair is what to use that gets rid of the damage without ending it. Wood repair kits are available online and in stores or you can do it yourself using:

  • Pumice, a light abrasive that can sand or smooth the deteriorating surface.
  • An excellent alternative to turpentine, mineral spirits.
  • Flaxseed oil is stable to create a shiny surface.
Leather care

Leather upholstery should be cleaned regularly and wiped with a slightly damp cloth. Never use wax, polish, or oil cleanser. A leather conditioner will be recommended to keep your leather fresh and radiant. Using a soft cloth to rub the leather after cleaning it increases the shine.

Ink stain

Removing ink stains from solid wood furniture can be difficult, but not impossible. To get rid of the ink, mix baking soda and water. Put the mixture on top of the stain. Wipe with a damp cloth. Treated surfaces will do better with a mix of water and dishwashing liquid. Check a small area before treating the entire scar – you don’t want to remove any stain and damage in the process.