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How to Properly Care for Furniture

Make your 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.

Living room furniture
No matter what type of furniture you have, it requires proper care.

Leather furniture

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.

Garden metal furniture
Even garden or outdoor metal furniture will need some care to last longer

Metal furniture and hardware

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 furniture.

Wooden furniture
Keep your wooden furniture protected from direct sunlight and moisture,
to preserve its looks and strength.

Upholstered furniture

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.

Wood and leather furniture set
Furniture made from combined materials, such as leather and wood,
needs special care for each of the materials.

Wooden furniture

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.

Upholstered furniture
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.

Vintage style furniture
If you have vintage furniture it might be somewhat easier to care for it,
although it will still require a proper care nonetheless.

Storage

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.

All above images courtesy of Pixabay

Diana Smith

Author bio:

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.

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