How To Care For Wood Furniture

We absolutely love our wood furniture. From the timeless look to the superior quality, if taken care of wood furniture can last a lifetime. We want to give you some tips and tricks on how to take care of wood furniture.

Be Nice

The first and most obvious piece of advice we can give you is to be nice to your wood furniture. Always use a coaster when placing any type of cup down. If we have a wood table that you are serving dinner on, make sure to use a tablecloth or placemat under hot plates and serving dishes. This allows you to prevent any warping due to moisture and heat.

Clean It Often

Dust collects on the tops and side of furniture easily so a simple dusting of wood furniture can go a long way. We recommend using a microfiber cloth or even a soft t-shirt to dust to prevent scratching. If a deeper cleaning is required, a cloth dampened with water and mild detergent will remove the dirty spots. If you want to use a cleaning product on the wood furniture, be sure to use a cleaner specifically designed for wood. Using an all-purpose cleaner can damage the finish and make it lackluster.

Remove The Stains When They Happen

Regardless of how the stain happened, and they will happen, you will want to clean it up as quickly as you can to prevent the damage from setting in or spreading. Water spots can often be removed by using a hairdryer to remove the excess moisture. If that is not an option, you can use a combination of 1-part white (not gel) toothpaste and 1-part baking soda. Mix these together and rub the stain until it is gone. Once the stain is gone, wipe off the mixture and clean as normal with a micro-fiber cloth or soft t-shirt. The water spots are dark, a cloth soaked in vinegar blotted on the spot will often get rid of the stain. If the kids have colored on the furniture with crayons, mayonnaise works wonders. Put on the mayo and let sit for 5 minutes before buffing it off.

Protect It

There are many products on the market designed to keep your wood furniture looking shiny and new. Most of these will contain silicone oil or petroleum distillates. If you decide you want to use these, ensure that you only use a very small amount and buff it out very well. By using too much product, it can trap dirt and create a residue that dulls the shine and looks dirty.

Re-oil Your Wood

Over time the wood will begin to dry it. This is something you want to prevent as it can lead the wood to crack. Many different brands of wood oil are very effective for this. Begin by cleaning the area with a wood oil soap and then priming the surface with a #0000 steel wool, going with the grain. After the wood has dried from washing, you are ready to apply the oil. Apply the oil liberally as it will need a good amount to soak into the wood. If this is done regularly leaving it for 15 minutes before wiping off is good. If the wood is extra dry and needs a new protective coating, leave on overnight or for a full 24 hours.

Re-Wax When Needed

Most wood furniture will come with a protective coat to extend the life of the piece. As time goes on, this coating begins to break down and will need to be re-applied. You will want to prepare the wood by wiping down the area and then prime the surface with a #0000 steel wool, going with the grain. Remove any residue left behind after priming. Apply the wax with a non-abrasive scouring pad, again always going with the grain. You do not want to use heavy pressure here. After no more than 20 minutes, remove the excess wax with a non-abrasive scouring pad and buff very well to ensure an even coat that will smooth out the wood finish.

Keep Away From The Elements

Wood furniture is generally created for indoor use. The moisture and humidity outside can warp the furniture and direct sunlight can cause it to fade. For this reason, keep your wood pieces out of the sun by not placing them in front of windows without adequate covering. Also, keep them away from any fireplaces or heating vents. These can also cause the wood to warp and distort.

Remove Bad Odors

Due to the porous nature of wood, it can trap bad odors over time. Baking soda is great at removing odors. Sprinkle a little of this on your wood to keep it from gathering odor and remove it. If the smell is coming from inside the drawers, a plate of charcoal will absorb the odors. Keep the charcoal inside the drawers until the smell is gone. Also remember to keep the piece dry as the odor-causing bacteria thrives in moist environments.

Get It Professionally Repaired

As unfortunate as it is, our beautiful wood furniture does get damaged from time to time. If the damage is larger than a simple polished can repair, it may be time to call the professionals. The furniture repair people will work with you to create a plan on the best way to repair your piece, whether that be sanding it down, painting it, or something unique to your situation.

Your wood furniture is a treasure to hold on to. Always show it the love and attention it deserves and if you are looking for new wood furniture pieces, click here to shop now.