Maintaining the Appeal of Solid Wood Furniture

Solid wood furniture is without a doubt an enriching factor to any interior environment. It has been favored by the majority of people for centuries now and still remains widely used in households all over the world despite the fact that there are far more affordable types of furniture available. One of the main reasons for this by all means is the beauty of it. If you own solid wood furniture, you surely want to keep it in the most presentable state and this is what should be done to maintain its appeal.

Regular cleaning

solid1Keeping the furniture surface clean on regular basis not only makes it more appealing it makes it more durable as well. No special chemicals are needed to do this, just use tepid water and a mild dishwashing soap. The only thing you need to pay attention to is not to soak the surface since the excess of water will damage the wood. Dip a soft cloth in water and soap mixture and rub the surface until it is clean. A tooth brush is a great aid for all hard to reach spots. Finally, wipe the surface with a dry soft cloth to remove any water residue.

Protection

Naturally, solid wood furniture finish lasts longer if appropriate protection is applied. The best time to do this is immediately after you are done with the cleaning and the surface had completely dried out. There are various types of effective wood polishes available to choose from and you should consider home-made ones as well. Whichever type you choose be consistent with its use, do not apply wax based polish the first time and continue with oil based one the second, the surface will look smudgy and unkempt. solid2

Things to avoid

Do not keep your furniture near a heat source of any kind. Dry heat is likely to cause damage to the surface making it crack or split. If your house is heated during winter, make sure you use the air humidifier. The same problems will appear if you leave the furniture exposed to direct sunlight during hot summer days. The finish will soon show signs of fading and start to deteriorate, leaving the wood unprotected, causing it to dry out, shrink and eventually crack.

Metal hardware maintenance

Metal hardware contributes largely to the overall appeal of your solid wood furniture. Even if wood is in perfect condition, when handles and metal decorations are dirty or chipped they take away a lot of the overall beauty of any furniture item. Therefore, metal hardware needs to be clean and polished regularly. It needs to be taken off first, in order not to damage the wood with metal polish. When cleaning and polishing is done and the hardware is completely dry and back in place your furniture will shine in a brighter light for sure.

Stain removal

solid3Leaving hot or cold items on top of wooden furniture is bound to leave a mark. They look like color fade outs or hazy rings if coffee or tea cups were in question. Luckily, they can be removed efficiently, as long as you react promptly. The gentlest and most convenient way of removing such stains is to use a soft cloth mildly dipped into a toothpaste and baking soda mixture. Gently rub it in and watch the stains disappear. Naturally, do not forget to dry the surface completely when the stains are fully rubbed off.

Furniture wood is dead wood

Do not fall for the laymen advice that furniture needs to be fed or nourished using various means in order to last longer and look better, advise the people who own and operateĀ Robert Plumb. Protective finish is what makes your solid wood furniture durable. Its primary function, as the name clearly says, is to stop anything that tries to penetrate the furniture surface and no oil, polishes or waxes will be able to go through.

Once again, to keep a presentable appeal of your solid wood furniture you need to take good care of it and react promptly and in suitable manner whenever anything that could damage it happens. Follow these advice and you will surely enjoy the looks of your furniture pieces for years to come.