When you purchase high-quality wood furniture, not only are you proud of your investment, you want to take good care of it so that it lasts a very long time. It’s even possible to pass it down a generation or two and possibly more if it is cared for properly. Here are some tips and advice on how to take care of your high-end high-end furniture to keep it looking beautiful so that you can truly appreciate it for many years.
1. Fading From Light
If at all possible, try to arrange your wood furniture in such a way so that there is no direct sunlight. In fact, try not to place them near windows or heaters as well. Sunlight will cause fading and things like heat can slowly cause damage over a period of time. Too much humidity is not good either, so you may want to use a humidifier in winter. It’s understandable to want lots of natural light but make sure it’s not directly on the furniture, or you’ll need to draw the curtains at certain periods of the day or possibly throw a covering on it for protection.
Do not use any cleaning or polishing products that contain silicone, such as Pledge. While polishing with these cleaners will do the job and keep it looking clean and shiny, it will also change the original finish of the wood, which is not what you want. Dusting should be enough, but occasionally, you can use a clean, damp cloth and dry immediately with another clean, dry cloth. A very mild soap and water solution is also fine, but make sure to dry it and whenever you do use these methods, always go with the grain.
3. No Plastic On The Surface
Do not place any plastic, rubber or vinyl on the surface of the wood furniture. In fact, as best as possible, do not place anything on the surface. If you must, place some kind of mat before placing the object on it. Plastic and rubber can damage the finish of the wood due to certain ingredients within them.
4. Clean Up Spills
Though this is common sense, make sure to clean up spills immediately, including water. Water can leave whitish marks on the finish. You don’t have to clean it up with a wiping motion; a blotting movement will do the job nicely. Be careful not to spill alcohol and don’t place hot dishes directly on it.
Try not to drag anything across the surface. Instead, pick it up and place it down gently. It can be difficult if young children are present, so try to the best of your ability. Maintain a constant temperature as temperature fluctuation can cause deterioration. Frequent dusting will keep it clean and looking new for many years.