Spring cleaning: caring for your wooden furniture

  • 28 September 2018 | Tumelo Buthelezi

Kit for cleaning wood surfaces. (Image: Wallpaper Murah)

Wood is a staple material in the manufacturing industry that has been available to us far longer than steel, aluminum, glass and plastic have. Furniture made from wood can last a lifetime if maintained with proper care. Protecting it will never feel like a challenge again if you apply these simple tips.

Mind how you use water and wax on furniture

Clean your wooden fixtures and movables with warm water and dishwashing soap or liquid, being careful not to soak them. An old toothbrush will come in handy for those hard-to-reach places. Use a soft cloth to dry off any residual moisture.

To add a protective layer and give the furniture a shiny finish, you need to oil and wax your wooden units at least once every three months with quality furniture wax. Make sure you apply it as directed on the label and once you are done, give your furniture a five-minute break before getting a soft cloth to give it one last buff that will bring out the wood’s beautiful shine.

Protect your furniture from the sun and heaters

Sun rays coming through a window can harm the texture of wooden surfaces if you don't limit exposure to shorter periods. For pieces that spend the better part of the day in harm’s way, try to keep the wooden top free of any accessories to help prevent discoloration from developing. Alternatively, move the items around regularly if you absolutely must dress your furniture.

Be mindful of your heater’s temperature too, as it can cause the wood to dry, shrink and eventually crack if you have furniture positioned too close to the source of heat.

Get rid of those water stains the right way

Did someone forget to use a coaster again? Well, you can still win the fight against those white rings or spots caused by hot coffee mugs by applying some white toothpaste mixed with one tablespoon of baking soda. Rub this mixture on the the targeted area with a soft cloth until the stain is removed. The moment you are finally convinced that the surface is stain-free, get a clean, damp cloth to wipe off the toothpaste and then dry the area thoroughly.

Be delicate and help reduce the number of scars

Think carefully when selecting the things you intend to put on your wooden surfaces and also check if the objects next to them pose any threat of severely scratching the furniture. Don't toss hard objects directly onto the wood or drag items across the surface.
It is also not a good idea to treat those scratches and chips with coloured markers, all-purpose sprays and shoe polish as they are not intended for your furniture and the chemicals they contain can adversely affect it.

Dust often and with the correct tools

Follow the cleaning guidelines that came with the product when it was purchased and use the correct tools to get rid of the dust building up on your furniture.

Dust at least once a week with clean, dry, soft cloths or feather dusters to remove dirt effectively. Carefully clear the dust away from the furniture without sending the dust particles into the air because when they floats back down, these particles might end up finding their way back onto your wooden surfaces to nest, accumulate and eventually scratch them.

Wooden furniture adds warmth and character to any room. It is important that you take the correct precautionary measures to keep it clean and in excellent condition.

You can protect your costly pieces, while preserving their appearance and prolonging their lifespan, if you try out these simple tips to increase their durability.