When you buy wood furniture, you’ll certainly want it to always look its best. Because wood furniture is so durable, it’s easy to keep it looking like new, as long as you know what to do. Here are some ideas on how to keep wood furniture looking its best.
Keep it Clean
One of the best ways to keep your furniture looking like new is to clean it on a regular basis. There are a lot of good furniture cleaners on the market, most of which should be used on a daily basis. If the furniture gets a lot of use, you’ll also want to polish it on a regular schedule. While furniture cleaner gets rid of dust and grime, furniture polish offers an extra layer of protection against damage such as watermarks or scratches. There are some products on the market that do both, polish and clean. As a general guideline, try to clean your furniture at least once a week and polish it once a month.
Protect it From Water Damage
Water can cause a lot of damage to wood because it can harm both the wood finish and the wood itself. Much of it depends on how long the water sits on the surface. Another issue is that excess moisture can also cause mold to grow. Water damage is also very difficult to clean. The best strategy is to prevent it from happening in the first place! Wipe down your furniture as soon as you get water on it. If there’s damage, contact the furniture manufacturer for tips on how to get rid of the damage. If there’s a lot of damage, you may need to refinish the piece.
Scratches can be very difficult to get out of furniture. There are scratch repair kits available on the market, but this only works up to a point. If the scratches are too deep, the best approach is to refinish it so that you can buff out any dings. However, the best approach is to prevent them in the first place! If you’re hard on your furniture, you may want to give it more than one coat of polyurethane. Also, polishing the furniture on a regular schedule can help prevent minor scratches.
Adjust the Climate
Furniture that’s in a climate controlled environment looks like new for longer. Extreme temperatures, humidity, and poor airflow can all have a negative effect on the way the furniture looks. In order to keep it looking like new, it’s best to have a climate-controlled environment. The main thing is to keep the humidity as low as possible and the temperature at a comfortable level. If you find the climate to be fairly comfortable, chances are pretty good that it will be okay for your furniture, too.
These strategies can help you keep your furniture looking new for as long as possible!