Daily use of furniture may make it difficult to keep furniture looking like it was the day you brought it home from the store. But with a little amount of time into proper furniture maintenance, you can extend the life of your furniture. Regular furniture care goes a long way toward maintaining your furniture between professional cleaning visits.
Wooden furniture can be a cherished heirloom or a favorite chair or table. No matter what the furniture each family or person has a piece of wooden furniture that we love and wish to keep intact for a long time. Keeping wooden furniture clean and maintaining it can be hard as wood has a tendency of accumulating dust, grease and dirt.
WHY IS WOODEN FURNITURE PRONE TO DUST AND DAMAGE?
Wood is prone to collecting dirt and grease from the environment. It also has a tendency of slowly losing its sheen due to wear or loss of polish wooden furniture can get easily stained as it has a tendency of absorbing the oils or water thus they can easily stain specially if not polished and cleaned regularly.
PREVENTING DIRT ACCUMULATION AND DAMAGE TO YOUR WOODEN FURNITURE:
There are a number of factors that contribute to dirtying and damage to you wooden furniture. The most common cause is the neglect in caring for this furniture. Wooden furniture requires regular dusting, cleaning, varnish and waxing so as to keep its sheen and to prevent damage to the furniture. Storing furniture improperly as in a dirty are or not covering them while storage, exposure to moisture, humidity and light and rodents can all lead to damage and destruction of wooden furniture.
STEPS TO KEEP YOUR WOODEN FURNITURE CLEAN AND INTACT:
- Dusting: dusting is a must to keep your furniture clean and free from dust. Dusting ensures that your furniture doesn’t accumulate dust and remains clean. Dusting wooden furniture once daily or at least 2-3 times in a week is a good idea. You could use a rag cloth, a feather duster or a brush to keep the dirt away. While a feather duster will clean large surfaces it can get into the corners and crevices this can be done with a brush or a cloth.
- Soap and water: you must not use soap and water on a regular basis as it can stain and damage the wood use soap and water sparingly to get rid of hard stains. Clean immediately with a dry cloth to avoid staining.
- Commercial cleaners: they contain powerful ingredients that can help clean you wooden furniture and leave it with a clean sheen. However the disadvantage of these cleaners is that they can contain chemicals. Thus use then sparingly, in an open space and keep away from skin and children.
- Homemade cleaners: there are a number of homemade products that can be used to clean the wooden surface. These work nearly as well as the commercial products and are safe to use.
NON TOXIC NATURE PRODUCTS THAT CAN BE USED TO CLEAN WOODEN FURNITURE:
Although a number of commercial products are available in the market that can be used to clean wooden furniture these products may contain chemicals that may be a health hazard. There are number of products that are available at home which you can use to clean wooden furniture.
- Vinegar: acidic in nature it cuts through grease and grime and is great at removing oily stains and hard to remove greasy deposits.
- Lime juice: another acidic product with an action similar to vinegar with the positive of a great smell.
- Olive oil: can be used to clean furniture and the oil also leaves your wooden furniture with a great polish.
- Turpentine and linseed oil: the mixture is a powerful cleaner, it cuts through the grime and leave your furniture with a great polish. The only disadvantage is the pungent odor.
- Dirt and grime: you could dust the surface and then use a mixture of turpentine and vinegar or olive oil and lime juice to clean the surface.
- Removing dark moisture stains: use a mild abrasive such as sand paper and try to remove the surface layer, however make sure you do not damage the surface or create an uneven surface, 2-3 rubs should be enough. Then proceed to cleaning with the above agents and apply varnish.
TIPS TO GET RID OF COMMON STAINS AND DIRT:
WOOD & MOISTURE
Furniture is also affected by humidity. Wood expands and contracts as the moisture in the air changes. The ideal range (but not the only expectable range) for relative humidity (RH) is between 45 and 55 percent. If a dramatic change occurs in the RH it is possible that furniture may experience shrinkage damage and warping.
Finish and veneer detachment is also a possibility. Furniture exposed to high humidity levels for a prolonged period of time may experience mold growth and insect infestation. Avoid placing furniture in attics, basements or any area in the home that may experience extreme temperature or RH changes.
Here are a few furniture cleaning and furniture care tips that everyone can use:
How to Clean and Care for Painted Furniture
Use dampened cloth for dusting or wipe gently.
Water spots on furniture may turn to permanent marks be sure to keep the surface dry.
You can also use the mixture of hot water & dish washing liquid and dampen the cloth using it.
Wring the cloth to remove excess liquid.
Rubbing the surface lightly in a circular motion provides the best result in cleaning.
Dry the surface immediately with a clean, soft towel or cloth.
How to Clean and Care for Wood Furniture
° Dusting or wiping using lint free cloth gently on a regular basis.
° To keep food stains away, wipe up the spills immediately.
° Furniture should be placed a bit away from heating and air conditioning sources.
° Rub a solution of one tablespoon of vinegar mixed with one quart of water in the same direction as the grain to remove cloudiness. Follow with an application of furniture oil or polish.
° Wood may get faded or darkened with exposure of direct sunlight.
° To remove water rings, rub with a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and olive oil in the same direction of the grain.
° Use felt fabric to prevent scratches.
° To remove candle wax or chewing gum, hold an ice cube over the area so that it hardens. Scrape it off gently using the dull edge of a table knife. Rub briskly with a cloth saturated in cream wax later.
° To prevent stains and other damages use placements, hot pads and coasters under serving dishes and beverages.
° Ink from newspapers and magazines bleed into the finish and damage the wood.
° Do not use abrasives or harsh chemicals on wood furniture.
° Applying beeswax on solid wood once a year results in good life of furniture.
How to Clean and Care for Upholstered Furniture
° Upholstered furniture should not kept in direct sunlight.
° If a spill occurs, clean the fabric immediately.
° Using gentle circular strokes yields better results.
° Rotate cushions and pillows on a regular basis to allow even distribution of wear.
° Blot with a clean, white cloth.
° Vacuum weekly using the upholstery attachment.
° Do a 'patch test' over a hidden area before using the care product.
° The Ink from newspapers and magazines may leave stains on fabric.
° Do not use detergents or harsh chemicals to clean your upholstery.
° Avoid overspray of household chemicals near upholstered furniture.
° Periodic professional cleaning is recommended.
How to Clean and Care for Mattresses
° Mattresses should be kept dry. Use a mattress pad to prevent staining.
° If your mattress gets wet or soiled, blot any excess moisture using a soft cloth and Should be Vacuum cleaned regularly.
° To clean a stain, use mild soap with cold water gently. Pat dry.
Turn and rotate a new mattress every few weeks to help smooth out contours.
° To maintain mattresses contours should be turned and rotated every few weeks.
° Do not use dry cleaning products on your mattress. This may cause damage to some of the materials.
How to Clean and Care for Metal Furniture
° Use a dry/slightly damp cloth or a vacuum cleaner brush for regular dusting.
° If the piece is soiled, wash with a damp cloth or sponge using mild detergent (hand dishwashing liquid) and lukewarm water.
° Use coasters under all beverages.
° Do not use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals.
° Wipe dry with cloth or paper towel to avoid water spots.
° Keep away from excessive exposure of humidity.
How to Clean and Care for Glass Furniture
° Do not slide rough objects across glass. This can cause permanent scratches to the surface.
° To clean, use warm water and a soft, lint-free cloth. Wring out excess water and wipe the surface. Blot gently.
° Only use a non-abrasive commercial glass cleaner for cleaning.
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