Wood is one of the most versatile materials as it is used in construction, furniture and floors around the home or office. Wood is also a little demanding as far as maintenance is concerned. Wooden furniture is perfect for the interior and exterior of the home. Here are some useful tips on how to care for wood items around the home.
- The first thing about caring for wood is to know how the wood is finished; the type of finish decides the type of polish to use and the best cleaning method. An oily finish requires dusting and re-application of oil once in a while. Silicone and wax finishes must be cleaned thoroughly before polish is applied.
- A slightly damp cloth must be used when dusting wooden furniture because a dry cloth sends the dust floating in the air and it eventually lands back on the furniture.
- All-purpose cleaners and water are the worst thing for wooden furniture. For any sticky spots, a cloth soaked in soapy water and then wringed until it is almost dry must be used.
- The sun can have devastating effects on wooden furniture so it is best to keep it away from the window or anywhere else it may be exposed to direct sunlight. The sun can rapidly drain the colour out of wooden furniture in a matter of weeks and in months, it can totally damage unprotected wood. UV window protection is an excellent way to protect wood inside the home.
- Wooden furniture is not ideal for the bathroom because the moisture causes the wood to expand and lose its shape which is very unattractive. Plastic covers may not be used on wood table tops or floors as they ‘sweat’ and keep the moisture between the plastic and the wood.
- Wooden furniture must be kept far from air conditioning vents because sudden changes in extreme temperature are harmful to wood.
- Recent advances in the care of wood include pre-catalyzed and post-catalyzed lacquers that offer protection against hot and cold water. Some lacquers come with a guarantee of a few years.