How to Properly Care for Furniture
furniture last longer with these tips
Despite a vast offer available today on the furniture market, finding that perfect
piece takes time and effort. Once the mission has been completed, the key task is to be able to enjoy every
particular furniture item as long as possible. In order to make this happen and preserve both the functionality and
the looks of your
furniture, you need to take proper care of it. Following these tips will enable you to enjoy your furniture for
years to come.
|No matter what type of furniture you have, it requires proper
Now, this is the type of furniture that requires special attention; if taken care
of properly, its exquisite beauty will last a life time. First, this means that any spills need to be wiped out the
moment they happen. A dry cloth will do with small spills and stains. When larger ones are concerned,
use homemade cleaners. Avoid using soaps, detergents or any other
chemicals at all costs since they will do more damage than good. Secondly, leather furniture needs to be
conditioned once or twice a year. Leather, being a natural material, will thank you for all the care, develop
that beautiful patina over the years and look better with age.
|Even garden or outdoor metal furniture will need some care to last
Metal furniture and
Many people make a mistake in assuming that metal furniture and hardware are
eternal and do not require any care whatsoever. Metal is by nature more durable than wood or leather but it still
needs some attention in order to last longer and look its best. Quality metal polish will get it to shine again.
There is one important notice, when you clean metal hardware, always take it off first in order not to damage the
|Keep your wooden furniture protected from direct sunlight and moisture,
to preserve its looks and strength.
Upholstering requires regular attention, as well. If any spills or stains happen
react immediately. Avoid using harsh chemicals since they will damage the fabric and never wipe a stain but rather
tap it in order not to spread it further. Regularly vacuum the upholstery since dust and dirt act somewhat as
sandpaper and will damage the fabric if not cleaned frequently. Finally, rotate the cushions from time to time to
distribute the wear evenly.
|Furniture made from combined materials, such as leather and wood,
needs special care for each of the materials.
When wooden furniture is concerned, the first notion that requires attention is
exposure to heat and humidity. Avoid them at all costs. All types of wood contain a certain amount of water and if
they are exposed to heat and humidity, their structure begins to change. Therefore, keep your wooden furniture away
from any kind of heat source and humid environments. Next, avoid direct
exposure to sunlight, since it will fade the wood with time.
|Your upholstered furniture might be a favourite with your pets, but you have to
react immediately should a spill or stain happen.
Also, protect it from damage the best way you can. Dining tables are particularly prone to it since they are regularly exposed to hot and moist items. To keep them safe, always
use coasters and trivets when you serve meals. Also, regularly dust all your wooden furniture, use mild soap and
warm water to clean them and a soft cloth to dry them afterwards. Lastly, wax or polish them when needed and in
accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
|If you have vintage furniture it might be somewhat easier to care for it,
although it will still require a proper care nonetheless.
Every once in a while, there comes a time when some of your furniture needs to be
stored, either during renovation or moving house, for example. This is something that should not be done randomly if you wish to keep the furniture in its original shape. It needs to be prepared for
storage, stored in favorable conditions and in specific order, and cleaned before being used again.
Keeping these notions in mind at all times will provide such care that every
single furniture item you own will last much longer. In fact, it is safe to say that you will be able to enjoy them
for the rest of your life and leave the majority of them to future generations, as well.
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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate traveler. In
her free time she enjoys writing about home and family, pets and gardening.