Caring for wood
Wood is an important aspect of nearly every home. From wooden floors to furniture, to cupboards and shelves and doors, you will no doubt find something made of wood if you look around your home right now.
Wood has been used for home fixtures and furnishings for hundreds of years and is popular because of its beauty and durability.
In fact, quality wood furnishings can last for generations and can be passed on as family heirlooms.
But wood requires a certain level of maintenance to keep it looking its best.
Even the strongest wood can be susceptible to scratches, weather damage and other blemishes but if you follow these tips, you will keep your wood furnishings looking like new for a really long time.
The simplest thing you can do to protect your wood furnishings is to keep them clean.
Dusting regularly will prevent airborne particles from accumulating and scratching the surface.
When dusting wooden furniture, always use soft materials like a cotton or microfiber cloth to remove loose dust. Coarse brushes or cloths may leave scratches. For hard to reach places or for furniture with ornate designs, a feather duster will be more effective.
But sometimes, simply dusting your wooden furniture isn't enough and a deeper cleaning is required.
People make the mistake of using chemical cleaning agents and other harsh cleaning liquids but this is a definite no-no. These can damage your furniture beyond repair.
A mild detergent and water is usually enough to clean sticky spots and simple stains. Simply dip your cloth in soapy water, wring off the excess water and wipe your furniture clean. Make sure to wipe with a dry cloth afterward.
Wood must be kept dry to prevent mold, mildew and fungus.
For tough marks and stains, try using natural ingredients instead of chemical agents.
For example, vinegar can help reduce the look of dark spots from water damage.
White rings from wet glasses can be treated with a mixture of toothpaste and baking soda.