Like most things in this world, well built wood furniture can last a very long time as long as you take care of it. Below are our top tips for maintaining and caring for wood furniture.
Most wood furniture can be cleaned with mild dish soap and warm water. However, you should not soak any furniture. Simply, wipe off the dirt and grime with soft materials like cloth or paper towels. For hard to reach areas, a small soft bristle brush (think tooth brush) can work wonders. After that, be sure to use a dry cloth to remove any additional moisture.
Protecting/ Reapplying the Finish
Once the surface is clean, the next step is to protect/ reapply the finish. We recommend using a high-quality soft paste wax. Follow the instructions listed on the container and apply a thin coating. After five minutes, carefully buff the surface with a soft cloth. In another hour or so, buff the surface again until you notice the shine appear on the finish. Using this method, your wood furniture should look great for several months!
Nothing can ruin a beautiful piece of wood furniture quite like direct sunlight. Not only will sunlight cause the finish to fade, but it can even remove moisture from the wood like putting it in the oven. Sunlight through the window can even heat the wood to 130 degrees! At this temperature, the wood will shrink causing cracks to appear.
Like direct sunlight, any kind of indoor heating can damage the finish and even the wood itself. Dry heat is the worst as the lack of humidity will cause the wood to shrink and crack. When the air is dry, it is best to keep a humidifier running. Trust us, your wood will thank you for the increase in moisture, especially during the winter.
Nicks and Scratches
Believe it or not, shoe polish and felt-tip markers can be the best products to hide minor scratches and nicks. It should go without saying, but you will need to color match to the wood for the best results. This can be a fast, easy way to touch up minor damage.
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