Pro Furniture Care: 4 Expert Tips for Wood Preservation
Your furniture reflects your personality and sense of style. These functional pieces are investments that define your day-to-day life. Owning beautiful wooden furniture requires you to take care of it so that it lasts a long time. Here are expert tips to preserve your furniture for long-lasting beauty and comfort.
Understand the Wood Type
Before implementing a care routine, you must know what kind of wood you’re dealing with. Hardwoods, such as maple, oak, and walnut, are durable and resistant to wear and tear.
Softwoods like cedar, pine, and spruce require more attention because they are prone to collecting dents and scratches. Knowing the wood type of your furniture helps you understand its nature. At Dutch Craft Furniture, all products are made with hardwoods, including painted items. We do not use soft wood.
Keep Furniture Away From Moisture
Moisture is wood’s number one enemy. It destroys the structural integrity and leads to warping and rotting. To eliminate damage from moisture, avoid placing your furniture in damp and humid spaces, such as the basement or bathroom. Instead, place them in spaces with average temperatures, low humidity, and good ventilation. In case of accidental spills on your furniture, our catalyzed conversion varnish is guaranteed against water rings and moisture spots.
Adopt a Regular Cleaning Routine
Cleaning removes dirt, dust, and oils that may accumulate on the surface of your furniture, leading to discoloration. Clean your wooden furniture regularly using a clean, soft cloth or a vacuum cleaner with a soft-bristle brush attachment.
Avoid using abrasive cleaners or chemicals that can leave marks on the wood surface or damage the finish. We recommend cleaning with Murphy’s Oil Soap, vinegar or Dawn dish soap and water. Here’s another expert tip for wood preservation: clean the furniture’s undersides to get rid of accumulated dust and spider webs.
Limit Direct Sunlight Exposure
Sunlight is a natural source of heat and light. Trees need it to survive, but it’s not so beneficial for wooden furniture. Direct exposure to sunlight damages the furniture finish, accelerates fading, and exposes the wood to drying and cracking. Limit your furniture’s exposure to sunlight by using curtains and blinds or placing the furniture away from windows.
Dutch Craft Furniture specializes in handcrafted Amish furniture for lovers of traditional décor and high-quality construction. Our Amish dining chairs, including the Arlington, Belmont, and Hudson, add sophistication and coziness to any arrangement. Contact us about our craft furniture today!