Wooden furniture is elegant and adds a sophisticated look to your home. The wooden furniture is usually very durable and is available in various styles to match the taste of the customers. Almost all kinds of wood can be used to build furniture. Some woods are used more due to their beauty, durability and workability. Most commonly used wood for furniture were walnut, oak, rosewood, mahogany in older times. But now the wood has become expensive and scarcer so mostly furniture is made up of ash, pine, gum and other inexpensive woods are used for internal hidden parts of furniture too.
With the increase in furniture houses and prices and people buying them, it has also become important to learn how to maintain the beauty and durability of the furniture bought. Here are a few tips which not only help in keeping furniture clean but also will make them more durable along with adding a clean look to the house as well. For cleaning the furniture what we usually do can be continued that is cleaning with mild soap water. Using a cleaning brush can help in an overall cleaning reaching the corners too. After cleaning dry off the furniture with soft cloth.
A soft paste wax can be used to keep the finish of the coffee tables furniture intact. Just need to apply a thin coat and keep it up for few minutes. Lightly buffing with brush few times is essential and you can see a beautiful shine which will last for few months at least.Keep the furniture protected from the sun light is necessary. Keeping in direct sunlight is a big no. The reason is that the warmth of the sunlight will cook finishes, destroying it over time and making the look fades. It can dry the wood from inside and also shrink it as well if kept in direct sunlight for long and eventually cause cracks.
Avoid keeping wooden furniture especially tables near the heating vents or heaters. Dry heat can cause shrinkage and cracks in wood. Try using a humidifier if season is very dry to increase the moisture level. The humidity levels in home should be around 45 ideally. Any lower could crack the wood and higher can swell it even. For a very quick touch up if any little crack or scratches appear you can use similar colour shoe polish. Carefully using matching colour strip first will help hiding the little cracks or scratches better.Always try and keep the tables and chairs within reach of kids covered.Wood cannot be improved with polishes or oils. Many shops advertise about different kinds of oils which will make the wood shine, don’t fall for them as wood cannot be nourished. Once the finishing is done the wood is already preserved. Nothing can penetrate and help wood shine better.
Often we keep the mug of coffee, hot vessels or anything very hot directly on table top and there a hazy ring or spot appears later. There are several ways to solve this very common problem. The simple method is to rub and clean with soft cloth dipped in water. Something like toothpaste can be used and mixing it with baking soda or cooking oil. This will help remove the stain easily. Another method is put a cloth on spot and iron for a little while keeping iron temperature to medium setting only. Keep the heat well distributed and check whether the spot is removed or not frequently.
While buying any kind of furniture, always keep in mind to check the back, underside and inside as well as drawers if any. Many times these areas are not well painted and polished as do look shabby. Try not to purchase such kind of furniture then.Trying to restore an old set of furniture is a good idea but needs professional advice sometimes as well. Table is the main furniture which gets dirtier look easily. And if kids are at home it is even difficult to manage it. If you have watermark rings on table, which are quite common if kids use it, try removing them using lemon or mayonnaise and rubbing them off.These little tips and tricks will certainly make the wooden furniture happy especially the tables either small or big. Just keep practicing these and keep furniture clean, beautiful and durable.