When you buy a new car or an expensive new pair of shoes, you’re probably going to take really good care of your new belongings to ensure that they are well maintained so they can look good and last a long time, right? It shouldn’t be any different with your furniture – a new living room set, bedroom set, leather couch, dining room table, or whatever it may be, is an investment that can last for generations if taken care of properly.
It is pretty obvious when a beloved piece of wood furniture needs some attention and TLC – food stains and water marks can leave blemishes on a beautiful table and spray-on polishes can leave a sticky dark layer on chairs. Cleaning your fine wood furniture can really damage the finish and the overall aesthetic if the wrong methods are used. The key to great furniture care is to work with very gentle cleansers and work your way up to stronger solutions if necessary. Before you tackle the best ways to clean your furniture, it’s important to first learn how to take care of your furniture and prevent damage, stains and other issues that could be difficult to remove later on.
In order to help keep your furniture looking its best, here are some helpful tips and tricks to keep in mind:
When it’s time to clean your furniture, there are three types of furniture care products to take into consideration – silicone cleaners, waxes and polishes. We recommend avoiding silicone cleaners and waxes. Silicone cleaners can seep into the finish of the product and prevent it from accepting any type of stain or lacquer if you wanted to refinish the piece, and waxes should be avoided because regular use may result in a build-up of waxy film on the surface of your furniture, which can ultimately attract more dirt, smoke and other pollutants. Polishes are your best bet for cleaning wood furniture as they are made up of detergents, emulsifiers and mineral oil. This helps to clean dirt, keep it clean longer and create a barrier for dirt and moisture to further protect the furniture.
Here are some other helpful tips when cleaning different types of furniture finishes:
Picking out new furniture is a fun experience, but once we deliver it to your home it’s up to you to keep it looking new and beautiful! If you have any questions on furniture care let us know so we can help you figure out the best way to maintain your home décor.