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Furniture Care Guide

Solid wood furniture care

All furniture at The Country Home is solid wood and is an investment that you can expect to last a lifetime.  To maintain it's natural beauty and protect your investment, wood furniture needs the right care.

Whether it's painted or waxed your furniture will need regular care to maintain it's natural beauty and protect it from dirt and regular use.

Wood expands and contract with variations in temperature and humidity.  Expect each piece of sold wood furniture to react differently depending on the type or species of wood used.

Use and care

There are some simple things you can do to protect your furniture during everyday use.  Following some of these tips can extend the life of the finish and the furniture itself.

Tablecloths, runners and table pads provide the most protection during regular and heavy use of your dining table.  Hot pads should always be used when placing warm serving dishes on a tabletop.  Very hot items such as a saucepan or baking dish should never be placed on a tabletop, even with a hot pad.

Placemats will help to protect the finish from dishes and silverware, and coasters will help protect your furniture from moisture.

Tablecloths and table pads provide the most protection from UV (ultra-violet) light which causes the finish to fade and deteriorate and may even bleach the wood. Placing your furniture away from windows or blocking direct sunlight will help protect your furniture from the damaging UV rays.

Always use a protective pad when writing with a ballpoint pen on the furniture surface.

Felt will protect your tabletops from scratches when used on the bottom of lamps, vases and other accessories.  Always lift items from the tabletop, avoid sliding items across a table top as this can abrade and scratch the finish and in extreme cases, the wood surface below.

When enjoying the warm glow from a candle, be sure to place a candle stand or tray underneath the candle to collect any melting wax that may drip or run down the candle.

Never place buring candles on a finished wood surface.  As the candle burns down and the wax melts, it can generate and transfer enough heat to damage the finish and wooden surface.

Avoid using household solvent-based products such as nail polish and polish removers around unprotected finished surfaces.  In case of spills, blot the spill immediately, do not wipe as this will spread the spill and may cause further damage.  If the surface has not been damaged, clean and polish the table top.

If the finish has been damaged, call a professional for an evaluation.  You'll find them listed in the Yellow pages under Antique Repairs or Furniture Repair and Refinishing, and it's not uncommon for them to give free estimates.

 

Cleaning and Polishing

Cleaning wood your wood furniture regularly will help maintain it's value.  Dusting and cleaning removes the build up of grease, lint and dust that can get ground into or soften the finish.

Cleaning your furniture should be done with a soft lint free cotton cloth dampened with water or furniture polish following the pattern of the grain.  Cleaning your furniture with a dry rag can cause scratches to the finish.  Use a light touch and rotate your cleaning cloth frequently.

Follow by using a quality furniture polish to protect the cleaned surface using the manufacturers instructions. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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