Furniture care is very important for lengthening the lifespan of any furniture as they are often costly to purchase. Furnitures come in different styles and are made from different materials such as fine wood, glass, leather and so on. These different materials may require special care and different techniques for cleaning. Here are a few tips for leather and wood works.
It is highly recommended that furniture’s are dusted frequently using a clean, soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Clean the surface by rubbing in the direction of the grain. There are three basic types of furniture care products: silicone cleaners, waxes and polishes.
It is however recommended that silicone cleaners and waxes are avoided; this is because although silicone cleaners create a high degree of shine, it seeps into even the highest-quality finishes. This makes it impossible to touch-up your furniture later.
Waxes on the other hand may result in a build-up of wax film on the surface of the furniture. This build-up could attract dirt, smoke and other pollutants in the air, resulting in smudges and streaks. Also, many waxes contain grit that can permanently damage furniture surfaces.
However, polishes which comes highly recommended contains detergents, emulsifiers and mineral oil. The detergents clean dirt from the furniture, the emulsifiers give it body to clean and last longer and the mineral oil is left behind as a barrier for dirt and moisture that could harm finishes.
Fine wood furniture can be very expensive to procure, and as such great care must be taken to ensure that their life span is. Here are a few ways to care for wood furniture
- Wood requires fresh air just like humans so moist and extremely dry air should be avoided. You might consider using a humidifier or dehumidifier to help keep wood from drying out.
- It is best to protect all wood furniture from direct sunlight because too much exposure can dry out the wood and bleach out the colour
- Tabletop items should be covered with bottoms to prevent scratching the surface of the wood.
- Use coasters under glass to prevent water, and always use a protective plate or saucer under flower vases and potted plants to keep moisture from drawing into the wood.
- Dust wood surface frequently to protect finishes from soil build-up. Use a clean, lint-free, absorbent cloth.
- Use a detergent based polish to wash wood furniture surfaces once a year by gently wiping in a circular motion one small area at a time. Rinse after cleaning with a different soap-free dampened cloth and dry immediately with a third lint-free cloth. In the case of extremely dry wood, treat with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth dipped sparingly into a good cleanser-conditioner.
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