||Furniture Care Tips
Solid Wood Furniture Care
Quality wood furnishings are an investment
that you expect to last a life time. To maintain
its natural beauty and protect your investment, wood furniture needs the right care.
Wood furniture is coated with a plasticized film that's referred to as
finish. Besides enriching the grain and adding luster to solid wood
furniture, the finish seals and protects the wood from moisture, dirt and
These finishes are diverse and vary from simple nitrocellulose lacquers to
more complex polyester resins. All modern wood furniture finishes are
long lasting and provide the protection your furniture needs.
Wood expands and contracts with the variations in temperature and
humidity. Expect each piece of solid wood furniture to react differently
depending on the type or species of wood used. Laminated woods and veneers
are more stable than solid wood planks.
Use and Care
There are some simple things you can do to protect your fine furniture
during everyday use. Following some of these tips can extend the life of
the finish and the furniture itself.
Tablecloths, runners and table pads are available and provide the most
protection during regular and heavy use of your dining table.
Hot pads should always be used when placing warm serving dishes on a
tabletop. Very hot items such as a sauce pan or baking dish should never
be placed on a tabletop, even with a hot pad.
Placemats will help to protect the finish from dishes and silverware, and
coasters will help protect your furniture from moisture.
table pads provide the most protection from UV (ultra-violet) light, which
causes the finish to fade and deteriorate and may even bleach the wood.
Always use a protective pad when writing with a ballpoint
pen on the furniture surface.
Placing your furniture away from windows or blocking direct sunlight will
help to protect your furniture from the damaging UV rays. Tinting your
windows is another consideration and sometimes even recommended to help
protect fine furniture from UV damage.
Felt will protect your tabletops from scratches when used on the bottom of
lamps, vases and other accessories. Always lift items from a tabletop,
avoid sliding items across a table top as this can abrade and scratch the
finish and in extreme cases, the wood surface below.
When enjoying the warm glow from a candle, be sure to place a candle stand
or tray underneath the candle to collect any melted wax that may drip or
run down the candle.
Never place burning candles on a finished wood
surface. As the candle burns down and the wax melts, it can
generate and transfer enough heat to damage the finish
and wooden surface.
Avoid using household solvent-based products such as fingernail polish and
polish removers around an unprotected finished surface. In case of spills,
blot the spill immediately, do not wipe as this will spread the spill and
may cause further damage. If the surface has not been damaged, clean and
polish the tabletop.
If the finish has been damaged, call a professional for an evaluation.
Youíll find them listed in the Yellow pages under Antique Repair or
Furniture Repair and Refinishing, and itís not uncommon for them to give
Cleaning and Polishing
Cleaning your wood furniture regularly will help in maintaining the value
your fine furnishings. Dusting and cleaning removes the build up of
grease, lint and dust that can get ground into or soften the finish.
Cleaning your furniture should be done with a soft lint free cotton cloth
dampened with water or furniture polish following the pattern of the
grain. Cleaning your furniture with a dry rag can cause scratches to the
finish. Use a light touch and rotate your cleaning cloth frequently.
Follow by using a quality furniture polish to protect the cleaned surface
per the manufacturers instructions. Furniture dealers will gladly make
recommendations on which products are best to protect your investment.