You spend money on your furniture, so it stands to reason that you’ll always want it to look great. However, if you don’t take care of your furniture, it won’t look pristine for long! The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do that will help it look great for years to come. Here are some of our favorite ways to keep furniture looking like new:
Buy Quality Furniture
One of the easiest ways to make sure that your furniture always looks great is to buy a high quality piece in the first place. In fact, you can even go a step further and buy a really well made piece of furniture and then finish it yourself. Too often, manufacturers spend all of their resources actually designing the furniture and then skimp on materials, particularly the finishes. When you stain the furniture yourself, you have total control over the type of stain that you use, which means that you’re more likely to use a finish that is of the highest quality.
Protect from Heavy Use
Furniture can sustain damage if it isn’t protected from the wear and tear of everyday use. For instance, for upholstery you can treat the fabric with a stain protector, which will prevent stains from setting so that you can easily remove them. When it comes to wood, you can protect pieces that get a lot of use, such a coffee table, with a glass or fiberglass top. Making sure to always use coasters when placing beverages on wood surfaces can also help keep it looking pristine.
Clean Spills Quickly
How quickly do you react when you spill something on the wood? If you wait even just a few minutes before cleaning it up, this can actually cause a considerable amount of damage over time. The key to reacting quickly is to have items close by that will help you clean up after yourself. That way, if you spill wine on the coffee table, you’ll be able to reach the paper towels before the wine can seep into the wood and stain it.
Follow a Regular Schedule
No matter what kind of furniture you have, whether it’s made of wood or involves upholstery, you need to make sure that you follow a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule. For instance, even if you vacuum your couch on a weekly basis, you will still want to get it professionally cleaned at least once a year. The same is true for your wood furniture. Simply wiping it with a dust cloth may not be enough. Check with the furniture manufacturer for advice on the best way to care for your pieces over the long term. They may even be able to recommend some cleaning products that you can use.
When you spend money on furniture, it stands to reason that you’ll want it to last a long time. By following this advice, your pieces will always look like new!