Nowadays, it’s possible that your furniture is amongst the most expensive items you own in your home. Things like wooden cabinets and sofas are pricey, and the cost of replacing furniture can be extreme. As such, it makes sense to take precautions to prevent damage to your furniture to prolong its use. The cost of caring, cleaning, and restoring minor damage is minimal compared to the cost of replacing furniture completely. Here are our tips for preventing damage to your furniture through basic care.
Caring for any piece of furniture comes in two parts: Preventing Damage and Maintenance.
Preventing damage means taking measures to protect furniture from potential damage and maintenance requires taking action semi-regularly to keep furniture in good condition.
Basic Wood Furniture Care
Caring for Wood furniture is relatively simple and easy. To prevent damage to wood furniture, make sure to keep it away from sources of heat like vents and radiators. Heat can cause damage to wood by burning and drying out, which causes cracking and discolouration. Direct sunlight will also cause discolouration of the wood and fading and can damage the finish of the furniture. Placing wood furniture away from bright windows will prevent sun damage. Keeping wooden furniture away from high traffic areas can also prevent damage from scrapes and scuffs.
Preventing water damage to wooden furniture like tables can be achieved by using coasters and using good cleaning practices. Water from mugs or glasses can cause rings or spots on wood furniture. Heat from hot plates or cups can also cause damage to wood, to using a barrier between wood and hot objects will prevent damage. Placemats, dinner trays and tablecloths can all act as barriers from heat and water on wood, as well as scratches and scuffs.
Maintaining wood is also easy and simple. Using barely-damp cloths to wipe down wooden surfaces and drying immediately with a dry cloth to soak up any excess water will keep wooden furniture clean without causing water damage. Using wood polish afterwards will keep the furniture surface clean and shiny, as well as creating a barrier to prevent dust and dirt buildup. Doing this as little as once a week will keep your wooden furniture in good condition.
Basic Upholstery Care and Cleaning
Reupholstering damaged or dirty furniture can be expensive, so taking preventative measures and upholding good maintenance is the best way to look after upholstered furniture. Upholstery can be difficult to maintain and care for as different upholstery requires different levels of care. The wrong care can cause permanent damage to your upholstered furniture, so the first step to looking after upholstered furniture is informing yourself of the care instructions that come with it. Don’t use any chemicals that aren’t specified in the care manual or on the care label on your furniture.
One of the biggest complaints of upholstery is that it can start to accumulate dust and start to look dingy. Vacuuming upholstery a few times a month will prevent a dust buildup which will keep your furniture looking clean and new for longer. It’s amazing how much a good vacuuming can prevent most upholstery looking old and worn, removing pet hair, dust, loose dirt and crumbs. If dust and dirt have settled into your upholstery it will require a deep clean. This can be carried out using upholstery cleaners, though if you choose to do this yourself care must be taken to use suitable chemicals. For a chemical-free clean, using a barely damp sponge and lukewarm water and gently dabbing into the upholstery can lift dirt without damaging the fabric. Alternatively, hiring a professional upholstery cleaner can save you time and potential damage to your furniture.
Furniture Restoration at Alan Farr
If you have wooden or upholstered furniture that needs restoring or cleaning, we can help. At Alan Farr, we specialise in furniture restoration and repair. We work on antique furniture that needs restoring, furniture that is damaged by flood or water, removing stubborn stains and smells and general restoration, including finishes. If you’re interested in furniture restoration or care, or want more information on any of our other services, get in touch. We work on all property types and can give expert advice for your furniture type. You can give us a call on 01543 469 946, or fill out our online contact form.