Cleaning and Caring for Hardwood Furnitureby Country View Woodworking Ltd on 2018-02-05 11:15:40
There is nothing quite like a brand new piece of hardwood furniture in a home. That beautiful, smooth finish. The grain and character of the wood. The satisfaction of knowing the piece will be enjoyed by your family for years to come.
Quality crafted hardwood furniture can last for generations when well cared for. The hardwood furniture manufactured at County View Woodworking undergoes a multi-step, hand-wiped application process of eco-friendly finishes to help protect the furniture from everyday use. The catalyzed finish needs 30 days to fully cure, so it is especially important to avoid using cleaning agents that would mar or damage the newly applied protective coating within that time frame.
Here are some tips to keep your hardwood furniture looking its best:
- Cleaning: Clean hardwood furniture with water alone or a combination of water and mild soap. Use a clean, damp cloth to remove dust, food particles, or water rings, followed by a clean, dry cloth for a beautiful, steak-free shine. Cleaners or polishes that contain abrasives, wax, silicones, or ammonia should be avoid. Naturally acidic cleaners such as vinegar or lemon juice should also be avoided, since over time the acid can dull or harm the furniture’s finish.
- Polishing: Brand new, high quality hardwood furniture should not need polished, as the protective finishes on the furniture are enough to maintain its luster. To occasionally polish older hardwood furniture, use a silicone-free, wax-free polish specifically manufactured for use on hardwood furniture, which can be purchased at leading furniture stores. Polishes that contain wax and silicones can cause a dull, filmy buildup on your furniture over time.
- Spills: Wipe up spills and water rings immediately. While the furniture’s finish helps keep moisture from immediately penetrating into the wood, liquids should not be left on the wood’s surface. Consider using coasters or cloth placemats for drinks to avoid leaving water rings directly on the furniture. Food debris should also be cleaned up as quickly as possible, especially oily or greasy foods or foods that tend to stain, such as berries.
- Extreme hot or cold: Avoid placing extremely hot or cold cookware, appliances, or utensils directly on hardwood furniture. Use hot pads or trivets to properly protect your furniture from these items.
- Vinyl or plastic placemats or tablecloths: Do not use plastic or vinyl placemats or tablecloths on hardwood furniture. The chemicals used to keep vinyl and plastic tablecloths and placemats supple can often react with the finishes on hardwood furniture. Also, moisture can consistently become trapped between the placemats or tablecloth and your furniture, causing damage to the finish over time.
- Humidity: Keep your home’s humidity levels between 35% to 40% to minimize the potential for swelling, cracking, or warping. Keeping humidity at recommended levels may reduce heating costs, protect your family's health, and extend the life of your furniture.
- Direct sunlight and heat: Position your furniture in a way that avoids prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, and keep furniture a safe distance from heat sources such as space heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces, registers, or baseboards.
Hardwood is one of the most beautiful and durable materials available for furniture, and taking the proper steps to care for it will extend the life of your furniture and allow you to enjoy it for years—and generations—to come.