Furniture Tips – The Do’s And Don’ts In Furniture Care

Furniture is considered as a good investment for your home. Furniture consumes majority of space and makes your house feel lived in, complete and welcoming. Also, furniture adds value and element of harmony, dynamic and rhythm to the over all appearance of your house. Most importantly, aside from the sophistication and elegance they bring, furniture serves their main purpose – to provide comfort and convenience to your family. With all the benefits furniture bring to your home, it is necessary to take good care of them. Since it is an investment, furniture is a valuable asset and should be given proper care and maintenance. Hence, this article will help you to do so. Here are the do’s and don’ts in furniture care.

Do’s of wood furniture care

Keep furniture away from heat and light

Heat and light can cause the finish elements of furniture to easily fade, dry out, shrink or crack. So, the most ideal thing to do is to place your furniture in areas of your house that do not get direct heat or sunlight. Consequently, keep your furniture away from other sources of heat such as fireplaces, air conditioners, ovens and radiators. Always maintain your house with 40-50 percent level of humidity to avoid drying out of your wood furniture.

Prevent your furniture from any damage

One of the common problems homeowners encounter with their furniture is the damage it gets such as dents, scratches, and stains. Not only they destroy the surface of the furniture but these damages are also not appealing to the sight. Hence, it is advisable to use felt or cork coasters under vases, glasses, lamps and other appliances that you put on top of your furniture.

Clean your wood furniture

Cleaning your furniture is an imperative task to properly take care of it. Dust your wood furniture regularly and use a damp cloth or cotton to remove dust particles and fine rocks and soil from the surface. Also, it is recommended to use a lint-free cloth dampened in a solution of water and oil soap to remove grime from the surface of the wood.

Polish your furniture on a regular basis

As a rule of thumb, it is advisable to polish your wood furniture at least three times a year. And in doing so, make sure your furniture is clean and dry before applying polish.

Don’ts of wood furniture care 

Don’t use household cleaners

Never use household cleaners with ammonia to dust or clean your wood furniture. There are certain and particular cleaning materials and elements specifically used for wood furniture. Using household cleaners will definitely damage the quality of your furniture.

Don’t polish with alcohol and silicone

Certainly, using polish with alcohol and silicone can damage the finish of your wood furniture. Of course nobody wants that to happen.

Don’t expose your furniture to direct contact of the sunlight

If you want your furniture to stay firm and quality for a long period of time, do not place them in areas where they can get direct heat and sunlight.

You are now armed with some furniture tips, so the next time you buy a rattan sun lounger, you know the do’s and don’ts in furniture care and you will definitely be able to take good care of your furniture.



Julia Arostegi lives in California USA. She took Developmental Communication at the University of California and finished her studies in 2012. She is currently the managing director of California Magazine. She is also a blogger, content enthusiast and a photographer.