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25mnb's blog Some houses come pretty much furnished when you move into them: they may have their own dressers, coffee table, chest of drawers. Perhaps the previous owner didn’t care much about maintenance, and some of these are in a state with coffee rings and the like.

This post puts together some tips to maintain the wood furniture, if you do not want to change them. And if you have your own bespoke wood furnishings, you may also apply the same treatment to them. Wood furniture isn't just cost-effective, it's also durable–especially when properly cared for. In addition, it gives that touch of natural appeal to your home.

Cleaning Finish on your Wood Furniture

To do this, use lukewarm water and a soft dish soap. Cleaning furniture with water doesn’t ruin it, just make sure you don’t soak it. You could use an old toothbrush for narrow areas that are hard to reach. Wipe any dirt off the surface with cotton cloths or paper towels until they become fairly clean. Then use your soft cloth to dry off any remaining moisture.

Waxing your Furniture

When you are done with cleaning, the best way to protect the finish is to use a superior-quality soft paste wax. Apply a thin coat as instructed. Wait for about 5 minutes and buff gently with a soft small brush or cloth. Then wait another 30 minutes or an hour and buff or brush it with more vigour. Watch with satisfaction as that beautiful shine spreads across the surface.

Protection from Sunlight

Keep your wood furniture from direct sunlight. The temperature of summer sun that filters through your windows can go up as high as 140 degrees. It will ‘bleach’ attractive finishes, causing them to fade and damaging them over time. In some cases, they can dry out and shrink the wood, causing the finish to crack. Remember to draw those blinds in summer, or get a fine window tint.

Protect from Heat

Don’t keep your wood furniture close to heating equipment or vents. Dry heat causes wood to dry up and shrink- resulting in cracks. In the drier months, apply a humidifier to give it a moisture of up to 40% or 45% level.

Don’t Feed your Wood Furniture!

Most companies advertise certain oils or polishing as “wood food” or “wood supplements”; be wary, wood doesn’t get hungry- you can’t feed furniture. As long as it has a quality finish for beauty and protection, the wood is sealed and impenetrable by oils and polishes.

Getting Rid of Coffee Rings

There are a lot of ways to eliminate those white hazy rings or annoying spots hot coffee cups or pizza boxes leave on your table. The best way to do so is to rub is gently with a weak abrasive such as non-gel toothpaste and baking soda mixture or cooking oils and ash mixture. You can apply it on your finger to rub on small spots, or a cotton cloth for larger areas.

When dealing with wood furniture, especially bespoke ones, always handle with care to protect and maintain it for longer lasting beauty.