That doesn’t mean that caring for your wood furniture takes a lot of effort.
It’s probably unlikely you can avoid wear and scratches entirely but there are some things you can do to minimize them. Cups and glasses on your table tops can cause rings and scratches so be sure to break out the coasters when company is visiting to prevent stains and damage from food and drinks.
The same goes for setting lamps or other objects on your wood surfaces—like the nightstand to our Solid Cherry Wood Sleigh Bedroom Set—be sure to use felt under these heavy items. And just to be sure you don’t leave scratches, pick up these objects when you are dusting beneath them rather than sliding them across the wood surface.
When you do dust your wood furniture, use a slightly damp soft cloth like an old t-shirt or baby diaper. You want to dust along the grain of the wood with a damp, not dry cloth. Dusting wood furniture with a dry cloth can leave hairline scratches.
Sometimes you can cause damage with just normal use. If you plan on doing any office work like writing, on your wood tabletop like our 100 percent Solid Oak Wood Mission Home Office Executive Desk Set make sure you use a thick pad underneath to prevent making a copy of your writing indented on your precious wood table top.
And never do your nails around your wood furniture. Solvents, alcohol, nail polish or nail polish remover and other similar substances should be kept away from wood furniture. If you spill one of those substances it can cause damage to the finish or the wood itself.
Even with all your efforts sometimes it’s Mother Nature who can take a toll on your wood furniture. Heat and humidity can cause damage. Avoid drastic changes in humidity by using a humidifier. Also avoid prolonged exposure of your wood furniture to the sun or other heat sources which can cause fading and drying.
Finally, an occasional wax or polish can go a long way in protecting your furniture. Polish once a month and wax once or twice a year for maximum protection.
Take simple steps to preserve your wood furniture’s beauty and strength and it will last for years to come.