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Furniture Care Tips
Take care of your furniture; make sure it stands the test of time.
A well-built piece of furniture should ideally last decades but every day use and common household accidents will cause wear over time. Here are some helpful tips to improve the longevity of your favourite furniture pieces and keep them looking great.
- Wooden furniture and ammonia don't get along. It's best to avoid all cleaners that contain ammonia.
- Dust regularly with a soft, dry, clean cloth.
- High levels of alcohol in some polishes can cause damage to wooden surfaces, be sure to read the labels before using them.
- Avoid water rings by using coasters with felt or cork bottoms.
- Place hot dishes (and pizza boxes) on placemats or table cloths to ensure no white spots develop.
- Make sure all surfaces are completely dry after cleaning. Moisture between glass and wood will inevitably cause damage.
- Move furniture away from direct sunlight as it causes wood surfaces to dry out.
- Place covers over your tables and chairs to avoid scratches caused by pets.
The Ins and Outs of Wood and Moisture
There are few words that strike more fear into the hearts of furniture enthusiasts than dryness and moisture. Individuals who take great care of their furniture pieces know that the balance between wood and moisture is very delicate. Dryness can weaken joints and lead to furniture losing its natural beauty. Too much moisture is to be avoided at all costs as it causes mildew, which in turn causes the wood to rot. Here are a few tips to help you with this delicate balance.
- Avoid placing furniture in the more humid rooms of your household, for example the bathroom and laundry room.
- Humidity levels in your home are directly affected by your thermostat so it's best to avoid dramatic temperature changes. This can also affect dryness, which is equally damaging to your furniture, causing wood to shrink, split, and weaken the overall structure.
- Keep water from settling on the surface of your wood furniture by using coasters and table cloths. This applies to heat as well, which can cause white spots.
- Make sure any furniture accessories are completely dry before placing them on a wooden surface.
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