Caring for your wooden furniture
As the season changes from summer to autumn, so does the temperature and environment inside your home. The experts at Furniture Medic offer their best advice for caring for your wooden furniture.
Using water to clean your furniture is the safest way – so long as you keep it relatively dry.
To clean wooden furniture, mix warm water with a small amount of washing up liquid. Use a damp cloth to buff the surface of the furniture, being careful not to soak the area. Use an old, soft toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas. Wipe the dirt off the surface with soft, clean cloth or paper towel until they come up clean.
Wipe away any remaining water with a clean cloth and be sure to dry the surface as quickly as possible.
With the sun hanging a little lower in the sky during the autumn, there’s more chance of it streaming through the windows and it’s important to keep your furniture out of the sunlight as much as possible. Excess sunlight can cause colours to dull over time and the finish of the wood could be affected too. Sunlight can also dry the wood, leading to shrinkage and cracks.
If there’s no other option than to leave your furniture in direct sunlight, invest in a quality covering; a heavyweight throw or a table protector to help extend the life of your furniture.
As the temperature drops and the central heating is fired up for another winter, do not place your wooden furniture too close to radiators or heating units. The dry heat can cause the wood to become dry and shrink, causing cracks to form. Leave at least a six inch gap between your furniture and a radiator to avoid any issues.
There’s nothing more warming than a hot drink on an autumn evening but if a hot cup has been placed on your coffee table leaving an unsightly heat mark behind, you may find it impossible to remove. Constantly rubbing the area is likely to do more harm than good, so we don’t recommend attempting to remove the marks yourself.
To avoid leaving marks, invest in some good quality coasters, spread them around the room and encourage the family and any guests to use one for their drinks. One mistake could be all the difference and leave you with a nasty repair bill.
Keeping your furniture well-polished is wise and can bring a whiff of autumn to the room, if you choose a scented product. We recommend applying furniture polish to the cloth rather than directly on to a piece of furniture.
When polishing, spray your polish (ensuring that it is suitable for the surface that you are applying to) on to a soft, lint-free cloth. Work around the edges of the item and then fill in the centre with overlapping strokes. Repeat this for all of the surfaces, turning your cloth and applying more polish as needed.
For ornate edges, use a soft toothbrush as well as the polishing cloth. Place the cloth over the area and use the toothbrush bristles to gently clean the area through the cloth. This should clean the grooves and crevices gently.