Cleaning and Maintaining your Wood Furniture

The dining room table that hosts family dinners, the rocker that soothes a crying baby, the bench you sit on to lace up your winter boots, furniture holds many memories and can be long cherished by generations of families. Whether your wood furniture is newly purchased or lovingly used over the years, properly caring for your treasured pieces will ensure another generation of memories.

Here are some tips to care for your wood furniture:

Warm Water and Soap

1. It’s best to avoid harsh chemicals at all times. To clean the finish of your wood furniture use warm water and mild dishwashing detergent. Water won’t hurt your furniture — just be careful that it doesn’t get soaked through. A great tip is to use a soft toothbrush for those hard-to-get areas. Be sure to wipe the dirt off with soft cloths or even paper towels until it is clean. Then dry the piece with a soft, absorbent cloth.

Buff to a Shine

2. After a thorough cleaning, the best way to care for the finish is to use a soft paste wax. Be sure to use a small amount to begin. Apply a thin coat, wait three to five minutes and buff it off lightly with a soft brush or cloth. Wait another half hour or so and then buff again with a bit more energy. You’ll enjoy a beautiful shine that will last for the coming months.

Extra Protection

3. If you want to protect further, your furniture purchase consider Guardian Protection Products for all your wood furniture protection including wood polish, wood duster and a safe and effective surface prep along with comprehensive protection plans that come with home furniture care kits.

Avoid the Sun

4. Keep your wood furniture out of the direct sun. The temperature of the sun coming through a window can be too hot and may cook fine finishes, fading and damaging the finish over time, and it will dry out and shrink the wood, which can cause unsightly cracks.

No Dry Heat

5. Wood furniture should not be placed near heating units or vents. The dry heat will cause the wood to shrink and can become brittle even leaving cracks. If it is particularly dry in your home, consider using a humidifier to increase the moisture to a 40 to 45 percent level.

Touch Up Tip

6. For small chips and dings use the closest color shoe polish, this is great, especially on the feet of furniture. To hide it even better use a matching-color felt-tip marker first.

Remove the Ring!

7. There are a number of ways to remove the white ring that hot coffee mug or even the hot pizza box has made on your table. The least damaging way is to rub it with a mild abrasive, such as toothpaste mixed with baking soda. Using a soft cloth, rub the mixture onto the spot and it should lift quickly. Another excellent method is to place a cloth over the ring then iron it on a low to medium setting. Don’t let the iron sit still or you could make an even worse burn mark!

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