Maintaining Your Wooden Home Furniture

Investing in high quality wooden home furniture is a really good idea and speaking from experience, makes all the difference to the finished design. Not only this, but quality wooden furniture pieces last a lifetime and they can be passed down the family to be up-cycled and reused through the generations. Check out this blog here for even more information regarding wooden furnitures benefits. However, it's important to note that even the highest quality of wooden furniture can be susceptible to scratches and and marks and so caring and ensuring its stays in its best possible condition is important.

It's a very good idea to ask regarding the care and cleaning instructions when you first purchase your home wooden furniture, but if this is not possible or you have bought the furniture second hand, then we wanted to provide you with some great advice and tips regarding the maintenance of your wooden furniture. 

Remove those tough stains

Water and heat stains can often produce unattractive white circles and marks on your wooden furniture surfaces whilst darker stains often mean that the wood has endured greater damage and thus, it is harder to remove these stains from the surface. However, all three of these can be removed. And so, to restore your wooden furniture back to its best, click on this blog here that provides some great tips and advice that you can use to remove your marks and stains from home furniture. These tips include using petroleum jelly or mixing toothpaste and baking soda together to create a paste and applying this to the surface of the marks and stains.

White stain on wooden surface being sanded down

Avoid exposure to external elements 

Keep your wooden furniture away from any harsh external elements like heat, sunlight or dampness as these factors can be problematic. Don't place your wooden furniture near windows, vents, radiators or log burners specifically as these will damage and fade the wood for certain.

Sunlight shining onto Scandi style wooden chairs and table

Dust little and often

The old chore of 'dusting' the house and the wooden surfaces is actually one of the best ways to take care of your wooden furniture. This is because dust particles form a layer on the surface of the wood that scratches the surface and diminishes its natural shine. Its important that you use soft clothes like microfibres to dust down as rough materials can often cause scratches themselves.

Layer of dust covering wooden furniture

Clean your wooden furniture

Whilst dusting is a must, it might not always be enough and further cleaning of the wooden surfaces is required to maintain the wood. You might have grime or sticky areas that need attention and its important that you don't use a multi purpose cleaning spray to remove these. Rather, dampen a soft cloth and apply a small amount of dish washing detergent to remove the soiled areas.

Wooden Drawers being wiped with a soft cloth

Re-wax and re-oil dry wood

If your furniture has been sat on display for many years now, or has been in storage, it will have probably dried over time. Therefore, it would benefit from re-oiling. To do this, you'll firstly want to clean the surface using an oil soap and then immediately wipe clean with a soft cloth. You can now apply the furniture oil and allow it to sink into the wood for 15-20 minutes or just read the instructions on the oil container. If after this, you're wanting to add a protective layer onto the surface, then you'll need to let the oil settle over a day before you proceed with this.

Wooden shelf being painted in oil

Some furniture may have a wax protective coating and this will need to be reapplied as the furniture ages over time. To do this, you'll firstly want to clean the surface using a damp soft cloth and mild soap detergent before wiping dry. You can now apply the furniture wax by spreading it out evenly across the surface and allow it to sit for no longer than 20 minutes. After those twenty minutes, make sure to wipe away any excess wax before it sets and then buff with a smooth cloth until the surface feels smooth. 

Rustic wooden sideboard being waxed


So just to end this blog, we want to reiterate the importance of taking care and looking after your wooden furniture. Whilst it may seem a hard task, little and often is the way forward and regularly maintaining your furniture will ensure it stays in top condition for longer periods of time. Take on the advice above and embrace maintaining your wooden furniture. 

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