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Caring For Wood Furniture

  1. To clean the finish on your wood furniture just use warm water and mild dish soap. Cleaning furniture with
    water won’t harm it — just be watchful not to soak it. Utilize an old toothbrush for hard-to-get areas. Clean the dirt off the surface with soft cloths or towels until they come up literally clean. Then dry off some residual moisture with a soft cloth.
  2. After a cleaning, the top way to protect the finish is to use a good-quality soft paste wax. Apply a thin coat as directed on the label. Then wait for five minutes and buff lightly with a soft (shoe) brush or cloth. Wait another 20 to 40 minutes and buff/brush again with a bit more vigor. You’ll see a good-looking shine return to the finish that will last for several months.
  3. Keep your furniture out of the sun. The temperature of the summer sun coming through a window can go above 130 degrees. It will cook fine finishes, fading and destroying them over time, and dry out and shrink the wood, which will reason cracks.
  4. Do not place wood furniture near heating units or vents. Dry heat will reason the wood to dry and get smaller, leaving cracks. Use a humidifier in the drier months to bring the humidity up to the 42 to 45 percent level.
  5. For a quick-fix touch up, use the suitable color shoe polish on scratches and chips, particularly to make them less visible on the feet of furniture. Carefully using a matching-color felt-tip marker first will hide it even better.
  6. When polishing metal hardware, take it off the furniture firstly. Take your time and make a note to remember what piece goes back where. Utilize a quality metal polish to get it shining again. Once it’s buffed, put it back on, being careful not to scratch the wood surfaces. I advise that you don’t try to do this all at one time. It can be a lot of work, so take some days, doing a few pieces at a time, instead of getting tired and annoyed with trying to do too much.
  7. You cannot give food to furniture. No matter what the marketing says, wood cannot be fed or nourished or enriched with polishes or oils. Once it has a protective finish over it for beauty and protection, the wood is sealed. Polishes and oils will not penetrate it.