Furniture Care and Maintenance of Solid Wood Furniture 

Furniture Care and Maintenance:

Caring for Solid Wood Furniture Furniture care is very important, particularly when caring for solid wood furniture, since poor care and maintenance can ruin furniture beyond repair. Solid wood furniture is made from a natural material that is sensitive to heat and moisture, as well as can easily absorb spillages and contaminants.

The way that solid wood furniture is cleaned and minor damage repaired is largely dependent on the finish. Thus, a highly polished tabletop would be treated differently than a waxed or oiled surface. Damaged surfaces that have been French polished require renovation by a specialist, and the very high, glass-like finish is impossible for an untrained person to achieve.

Here are some simple furniture care and maintenance tips that can help you keep your solid wood furniture in peak condition.

Protection and Prevention

Prevention is better than cure and there are steps you can take to prevent your solid wood furniture from becoming damaged.

  • Keep your furniture away from heaters and radiators: wood contains a significant amount of water, and when it dries out it can crack and shrink. Under normal conditions, your solid wood furniture exchanges moisture with the ambient air, continually shrinking and expanding as it gains and loses moisture. It cannot do this if it is placed close to a heat source.
  • Solid wood furniture prefers an environment with constant humidity, and it is best to maintain your home at between 25% - 35% relative humidity. This is not possible in many homes that have no humidity control, but keeping your furniture away from heat sources and out of direct sunlight will help. The same is true of any spare table leaves - do not store them in a damp basement for example.
  • Protect wooden surfaces with felt-bottomed coasters or some other form of protection against hot cups and alcoholic drinks. Paper coasters can create condensation rings on the surface. Always use coasters with alcoholic drinks, because alcohol can dissolve some varnishes and wood stains and leave a permanent mark. Never place hot items directly onto a wooden table. Also keep substances such as nail varnish, varnish remover, perfumes and aftershaves away from your furniture because these contain solvents or alcohols.

Solid Wood Furniture Care

Dust wooden furniture regularly in the direction of the grain using a soft cloth so to avoid scratches. Use an old credit card or similar to scrape away any dried contaminants such as old food.

Proper furniture care and maintenance enables you to keep your furniture like new and prevent any unnecessary damage through environmental reasons or misuse.

However, make certain to check with the furniture manufacturer for recommended methods of cleaning, polishing and damage repair.

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