Making your wood look good: How to take care of your wooden furniture

Wooden furniture is the most commonly found accessory around your home and whether it is the antique furniture in your living room or that gorgeous dining table that you feast on, all of them require care.

While most people believe that dusting them once in a while helps keep them in shape that could not be more far off from the truth. Wood is vulnerable to temperature changes, light and moisture. This makes it all the more important that the extensive wooden furniture around your home is pampered adequately from time to time.

Here are a few tips to help keep that gloss and shine on your wooden furniture last much longer than usual. Here’s how to take care of furniture, the right way.

  • Do not use cheap household cleaners and solution with ammonia

While money does not guarantee quality, it is also true that most cheap furniture cleansing agents in the market cause more damage to your wooden furniture than good. Make sure that whatever you use to clean the surface is not too strong, does not have ammonia and will not cause long term damage to the surface. Most often a wet cloth followed by a dry one will do. Depending on the surface you can use very small amount of mild detergent.

  • Know about the wood and the finishing before you clean it

Wood is varied in its configuration and wooden furniture comes in a multitude of styles, composition and finishing. It is important to know what you are dealing with and what the surface is that you need to take care of before actually looking for methods to do so. In this regard, the best person to talk to would be the guy who sold you the item and if you are buying wooden furniture from a designer firm, then the catalogue that comes along will give enough information in this regard. Furnishings with old finishing need plenty of care while some of the more modern finishes like pre-catalyzed and post-catalyzed lacquers offer plenty of protection.

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