Caring For Your Wood Furniture

Michelle Olak
Design Services – Huron Valley Furniture
November 19, 2017

Caring For Your Wood Furniture

Amish Dining Room Table

Dust, clean, polish, or wax? Care for your wood furniture the right way by following these pro tips!

Care tips vary by piece. Be sure to consult Huron Valley Furniture Design Consultants for specific care or cleaning guidelines.

Amish Dining Room

Dusting

  • Choose the right tools and you can dust without worry of scratching your furniture.
  • Choose slightly damp clean soft cloths or feather dusters to remove and collect dust.
  • Use a clean, dry towel to remove any remaining moisture from dusting.
  • Avoid using silicon dusting sprays, which are not recommended for wood furniture.

Cleaning

  • Avoid using an all-purpose cleaning spray.
  • Generally water is not used to clean wood, but for sticky spots, mild soap and water can be used on a nearly-dry cloth. Rinse and dry immediately.
  • If a deep-cleaning is needed, consult Huron Valley Furniture.

Polishing

  • Oil polishes protect wood by making it more slippery, not by providing a protective layer or coating.
  • Many commercial sprays contain silicon oil. While it does provide some protection, it may also interfere with refinishing and require professional attention.
  • Avoid polishing with pure olive oil and products that contain a high level of oil. It can attract dust, dirt, and fingerprints!

Wax

  • Applying wax or polish can help protect the manufacturer’s finish from scratches.
  • Wax provides a long-lasting hard finish and protective coating that doesn’t smear and is more durable than sprays and polishes.
  • Choose a paste or liquid wax made specifically for furniture. Liquid waxes are easier to apply, but provide a thinner coat and will need to be applied more often.
  • Wax can leave a cloudy or smeared appearance if not applied properly

Huron Valley Furniture has been in the village of Milford, Michigan for over 60 years. It has been owned and operated by the Schurman family since 1978. We carry a mix of traditional and eclectic lines of furniture, lamps, and accessories, including Kincaid Furniture Company, King Hickory, Fairfield, Uttermost, Temple, Liberty Furniture and Palliser. Huron Valley Furniture specializes in Amish-made and furniture crafted in America. Private design consultations, custom upholstery, and special orders are available. Let us help you make your home a warm, inviting safe-haven.

From: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/lessons/furniture-guide/wood-furnishings-care/

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