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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 07 Oct 2010
Caring for wooden furniture, contrary to common belief, is simple and easy if you go about cleaning it regularly. Proper care and maintenance prolongs the life of wood and keeps it looking grand – and spanking new for years! So if you want to increase the life of your wooden furniture and your investment to last for years, here’s what you must do.
Some basic care to help protect your furniture during your every day use:
- Clean the dining table after every use or once every week / two weeks if they are not used frequently.
- ‘Dress’ your table either with a table cloth, runners or pads; this will protect your table during heavy use and also makes it look attractive.
- Never place hot objects directly on wooden surfaces. The heat can damage the surface, causing a white moisture ring to form. Use place mats or hot pads while serving warm dishes.
- Keep your furniture away from sunlight or prevent direct sunlight falling on the furniture. UV rays from sun can age the wood prematurely and cause discolouration.
- Keep ‘Felt’ (a soft, non-woven cloth) at the bottom, while placing lamps, flower vase or any other accessories on your furniture to protect the surface from scratches.
- Use protective material underneath before keeping a candle. Otherwise heat generated by the fallen wax may damage the wood which may be difficult to repair later.
- Dust and clean your furniture regularly. Other dust, lint can settle down and soften your wood that would gradually weaken your furniture.
- For cleaning use soft dust free, cotton cloth damped in water or furniture polish. Avoid using dry rag as it can leave scratches on the surface.
- While applying furniture polish, read the instructions and follow them carefully. Remember, the kind of polish varies from wood to wood and depends on the finish of the furniture. Any overuse of chemical can ruin the furniture easily.
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