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HOW TO CLEAN & PRESERVE YOUR WOOD FURNITURE

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Wood furniture is simple to clean and beautiful to look at, but from time to time, it’s really important to give it extra care in order to preserve its beauty and functionality. This kind of furniture is made to last – but you’ve got to help it maintain that longevity with a few tips and tricks like these.

Place Your Wood Furniture in a Good Environment

If your wood furniture is near a window, you might want to consider moving it. Direct sunlight can cause wood to fade. Also check the temperature and humidity of the area in which you’ve placed your wood furniture. You don’t want it anywhere in your home that experiences lots of temperature changes, and you’ll want to try to keep the humidity moderate. Keep it away from heating and cooling vents, and consider purchasing a humidifier or dehumidifier, if your home is on the humid or dry side.

Protect Your Wood Furniture with Everyday Good Habits

Always use coasters to protect your wood furniture from being damaged. If you serve food on it, use trivets and other items to prevent damaging the wood with excessive heat from items fresh out of the oven. Wipe it down regularly to keep it dry and grease-free. And make sure to dust regularly – believe it or not, that helps wood furniture stay in good condition.

Give Your Wood Furniture an Occasional Deep Clean

It’s important to give your wood furniture a deep clean a few times a year. Start out by dusting it, then clean it with a weak solution of dish soap and water. Use a microfiber cloth and rub it in the direction of the grain. Just be careful not to saturate the wood. Rinse the cloth regularly as you clean. When you’re done, wipe the furniture down with a dry cloth.

Protect Your Wood Furniture with Wax or Oil

This step is very similar to waxing your car after a wash or using conditioner on your hair after a shampoo – it conditions and protects the wood. Once it has thoroughly dried, rub it down with a thin layer of carnauba wax or a mixture of white vinegar and olive oil in a 1:3 ratio. Then buff off the excess and you’re all set!

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