Tricks for Taking Care of Your Wooden Furniture
So, you love wooden furniture and you'd have them all over the house, but... You're just not quite sure how to take care of them so they'll last longer? We'll tell you how!
Taking care of your wooden furniture isn’t a complicated task. You just need to have perseverance, a little knowledge, and good products that’ll give you optimal results.
However, for you to achieve your goal of always keeping your wooden furniture in good condition, we’ll give you some simple tricks to take care of it. Also, by doing so, you’ll highlight the natural attractiveness of the wood.
Protect your furniture from temperature changes
All wooden furniture, especially antique or marquetry furniture, can deteriorate due to the humidity or dryness of the environment. Therefore, try to place it away from radiators and direct sun.
As a general rule, wax your furniture twice a year, preferably when the seasons change. Apply the wax with a sponge or rag always following the grain of the wood.
Apply the appropriate wax to take care of your wooden furniture
Virgin beeswax, which you’ll find at your local hardware store, is ideal for nourishing all types of wood. Also, it’s highly recommended to get antiquarian wax that’s sold in antique and restoration shops.
Dust your furniture daily using just a cotton cloth. However, avoid using spray cleaners, as they create an insulating film and don’t do anything for the wood.
For more thorough cleaning, you can wipe the surface of the furniture with a cloth moistened with water and neutral soap. Try not to soak the wood. Rinse and dry well.
Bring the shine back to varnished furniture
Over time, varnished furniture can look dull and lackluster. So, to recover its original shine, you can rub the furniture with a cloth moistened in equal parts water and vinegar.
Heat some solid wax that’s the same color as the wood (though, if you can’t find the exact shade, don’t worry – you can get it with a touch of turpentine). Fill the crack by applying the wax with a spatula and, when it’s cooled, remove the extra wax.
Conceal nicks and scratches
To conceal small marks on dark wooden furniture, such as mahogany, ebony, or walnut, apply a little dark wax to the affected area and then polish the surface well with a chamois cloth.
You can cover a scratch on hardwood furniture with a mixture of equal parts flaxseed oil, lemon juice, and rubbing alcohol. However, first, apply the mixture to an inconspicuous part of the piece to check it doesn’t affect the varnish.
Advice on the use of flaxseed oil
Raw flaxseed oil has a neutral color and cooking oil is more suitable for darker woods. Apply the oil with a brush following the grain of the wood, let it absorb slowly, and remove the excess with a cloth.
Taking care of marquetry wooden furniture
This type of furniture combines several types of woods that follow different expansion processes, so it’s very sensitive to the environment. To care for it well, use a special nutritive cream cleaner.
Maintaining painted furniture
To maintain this furniture, dust it daily with a dry cloth. For more thorough cleaning, wipe it with a cloth moistened with water and neutral soap, making sure not to get the wood too wet, especially the joints.
Taking care of antique wooden furniture
Older pieces are more delicate when exposed to the environment. In addition to keeping them well waxed, in very dry climates or environments place a container with water near to prevent them from drying out.
Untreated wooden furniture
Untreated wooden furniture requires careful cleaning so dirt doesn’t get into the pores. Remove the dust every day with the vacuum cleaner brush.
Use a cloth soaked in turpentine. If the wax is very encrusted, use very fine steel wool and rub the wood following the grain. Then, you can wax the furniture again the next day.
As you can see, these tricks will make your wooden furniture look more beautiful and, therefore, it’ll keep that luster it had when you bought it for years to come.