Wood furniture is one of the most beautiful ways that we can decorate our homes. The warmth, the glow, the strength, and the durability of wood furniture has made it the predominant choice for high-quality furnishings for centuries. When you want a piece that will last for generations, you choose timeless style, you choose craftsmanship, and most of all you choose wood. When it comes to taking care of your high-quality wood furniture it is essential that you do so properly in order to ensure that your furniture looks as great years from now as it does when you first bring it into your home.
Proper Care Starts with Proper Tools
One of the first things that you should consider doing after you buy a quality piece of wood furniture is to invest in a care kit. A proper care kit from a reputable maker, such as Guardsman®, will give you all of the basic tools and instructions that you need to get started keeping your wood furniture looking great. You should be able to buy a care kit from the store that sold you your furniture items, but in case they don’t carry them you can always buy one from any national chain seller of fine furniture or from an online outlet. This kit will include polish, cleaner, scratch cover, and other items that will help you keep your wood furniture looking beautiful for as long as you own it.
Everyday Care and Accident Repair
Apart from a good wood furniture care kit, there are other things that you can do to help take care of your pieces:
Protect the Surface
Don’t set hot or cold glasses, dishes, or other items directly on your wood furniture surfaces. Always use a coaster, doily, tablecloth, or tea towel when you need to set something that is hot or cold onto a wood furniture surface.
Treating Accidental Spills
Never allow anything wet to be placed on your wood furniture surfaces, and if a spill occurs wipe it up immediately. If the spill is something that contains alcohol, not only should you wipe it immediately, but afterwards you should also clean the piece with the cleaner from your care kit, and then apply a layer of polish over the area. If necessary, consider using a Guardsman® Water Mark Removal kit to treat the area.
Dust your pieces with a soft, quality cloth, such as a Guardsman® cloth, or with a feather duster every couple of days. Do not use any harsh or waxy dusting aids when doing this. Never use a spray polish that contains wax to polish your furniture, and never use any cleaner that is not specifically designed for finished wood furniture.
Protect from Moisture
Don’t allow wood pieces to sit near a damp window or door during winter. Move pieces at least three feet from these locations if possible, and if not, make sure that you seal the door or window properly to prevent moisture from entering during cold and wet weather.
If there is a scratch on your piece use the scratch repair tools in your care kit immediately. Guardsman® offers a useful Wood Repair Touch-Up kit that can be very helpful for treating scratches and scrapes. If it’s more than a scratch, such as a crack or a gouge, call in a professional to take a look and repair the piece with proper tools and techniques. In many cases, the store that sold you the piece will send out a qualified repair professional to examine your furniture.
If a piece is seriously damaged, stop using it. Call a professional repair and restoration technician immediately and get the piece properly repaired. In the meantime, move the piece carefully out of traffic areas and cover it with a tarp or quilt to prevent any additional issues or the absorption of moisture at the location of the damage.
Beauty for Generations
With these simple wood care tips, you will be able to keep your wood furniture looking beautiful for generations. With some proper care, even the most modest piece of wood furniture can be a cherished family heirloom that will be passed down for many years to come. If you would like more information about caring for wood furniture, or would like to view a furniture showroom, visit Amish Oak in Texas at either of our locations in New Braunfels, TX, and San Antonio, TX.