5 Tips for Taking Care of Wood Furniture

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Having furniture you picked out and can enjoy around your home is one of the little luxuries of being an adult. Decorating your own space with furniture that brings you both joy and comfort helps make your space feel like a home. In the most comfortable and stylish of homes, homeowners have furniture that is both comfortable as well as aesthetically pleasing. 

Using wooden furniture as both staple and accent pieces is ideal to make a home feel inviting. Wooden furniture provides an inviting feeling to a space with both a rustic and classical look. Furniture made of wood is also beneficial to have around your home for both the durability and longevity that the material provides. After you have decorated your home with pieces of wooden furniture you love, it is important to provide maintenance to the pieces to keep them looking their best.

Tip #1: Add Accessories for Protection

When an adult asked you to use a coaster as a child, it may have felt annoying and unnecessary. But now as an adult who has their own furniture to protect and take care of, you see the value in using a coaster. Adding simple accessories around your home such as coasters or placemats helps provide both protection of the furniture as well as style to the home. 

When serving hot food on a dining room table or coffee table made of wood, make sure to place a towel or trivet underneath the serving dish to ensure the wooden furniture is protected from any heat damage. Water stains and heat stains are some of the most common causes of damage to wooden furniture. 

Tip #2: Treat Reclaimed Wood Furniture 

It may be counterintuitive, but if you want to prolong the life of your reclaimed wood furniture it is helpful to treat the wood. Although people are drawn to reclaimed wood accents and furniture for different reasons such as sustainability purposes or preference for a rustic look, reclaimed wood still needs to be cared for properly to ensure the furniture will last for generations. 

If you have a piece such as a side table or a table in a living room that won’t have much use, using something such as shellac varnish can add protection. Shellac has been used for years to protect wooden furniture, but it often doesn’t prevent harsh wear and tear. Using something such as danish oil is a better option for coffee tables or dining tables that are used on a daily basis. 

If you are building the furniture yourself, at the end of the process you will need to add either wax or a wood finish to bring out the color of the wood. Then for the very last step, you will apply a wood sealant to protect the top layer of the wood from wear and tear over time. 

Tip #3: Clean the Wood Regularly 

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Depending on the type of wood and finish on your wooden piece of furniture, there are different options available for cleaning. How to choose a cleaning solution will depend on whether the piece of furniture is finished 

Before applying any cleaning solution, make sure the furniture has had a thorough dusting. Consistently dusting your wooden furniture will help to maintain the wood properly. If you allow dust to build up over time, it can sometimes adhere to the surface with other particles and become tough to remove. 

If you are trying to get rid of a tough layer of film on the surface of the wooden furniture, make sure you know whether the surface is finished or unfinished. If the surface is finished, you can use some household items to help clean the furniture. The most recommended option is a simple solution of water and dish soap as that is the least reactive with wood and will still get the job done for proper cleaning. 

Tip #4- Take Preventative Measures to Protect the Wood

The more you know and learn about the care of wooden furniture, the more likely you will be at maintaining the furniture you are investing in. Something as simple as placemat material can cause damage to wood over time, so it is helpful to learn as much as you can upfront to prevent future problems. 

Many homeowners think that using plastic placemats is an ideal solution for dining tables or kitchen tables made of wood. But if you leave the placemats sitting for too long and with the wrong amount of heat and humidity, unfortunately, some of the coloring from the plastic can seep into the wood causing a permanent stain. Experts recommended sticking to cloth placemats due to this concern. 

Another issue that can arise when trying to protect wooden furniture is its location to heat. If you have an accent table next to a fireplace, as cozy as it may feel to have a table near the fireplace, you are likely going to cause the wood to warp from the heat of the fire. It can also be a hazard as well, so it is important to be aware of furniture fire safety. Try finding a different location for your wooden accent tables to make sure they last as long as possible. 

Tip #5- Choose the Best Location for the Furniture 

Now that you know that near the fireplace is not ideal for a piece of wooden furniture, another thing to keep in mind is direct sunlight can cause damage over time to wooden furniture as well. Choose a spot for your wooden furniture away from a window in your home as both sunlight and temperature can impact the furniture too. As long as the piece of furniture is not in the path of direct sunlight, it can still be near a window. 

Maintaining Your Wood Furniture Into The Future

It may feel as if wooden furniture is a lot of maintenance, but it is actually pretty low-key once you find a good location and clean it consistently. Furniture made out of quality wood is worth the time and investment to figure out how to care for it properly. Because if you take good care of the furniture from the very beginning, it can last a lifetime.

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