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How to Take Care of Your Furniture

The choice of furniture is what gives your home a certain ambiance. However, with a particular material, comes the certain maintenance routine you should adopt. Wooden furniture requires special care, just as the one made of leather does. Therefore, you should know how to keep your furniture clean and protected from damaging and any possible breakage.

How to Take Care of Your Furniture

Leather

If you’re looking for a fabric that will last and look good after many years, leather should be on top of your list. Leather is a natural material, so it’s perfect for both cold winter months and the hot summer. Contrary to the popular belief, it won’t keep you cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Quite just the opposite.

If you accidentally spill a bit of fluid on the furniture, just take a clean absorbent and wipe it off. A lightly moist cloth can be suitable for sticky spills, like chocolate, caramel or jam. Let it dry naturally, and the leather will stay spotless. Too much water and soap can damage the fabric, so avoid using them when you need to remove a stain. Avoid using ammonia water, detergent soaps, abrasive cleaners, varnish, oils, or furniture polish as well.

Since leather is a natural material, if you neglect it, you might end up with discolorations and multiple damages. Perspiration, smoke, grime, grease, dust, and dirt can damage the leather, so it’s essential that you take care of it properly. Keep the furniture away from the sunlight, because the UV rays can cause discoloration in the fabric. What’s more, keep the furniture as far away from fireplaces, space heaters, and heating vents because they’ll cause the dehydration of the leather and eventually make it crack. Leather creams and conditioners are recommended for the maintenance of the coated leather. However, if you’ve chosen the uncoated leather furniture, avoid any conditioners and leather creams because the color of the leather will change.

How to Take Care of Your Furniture

Wood

With a tendency to accumulate dirt, dust and grease, wooden furniture can be difficult to maintain. It’s prone to staining, and it’ll start to lose the original sheen, over time. In order to keep dining tables shiny and beautiful you must dust, clean varnish and wax them regularly. Use a feather duster, a brush, or a rag cloth to dust the wooden shelves, armoires, and desks at least 2-3 times a week. Soap and water are recommended only for hard stains, but you shouldn’t use them regularly. Once you’ve cleaned the furniture with it, wipe over with a dry cloth to prevent staining.

Various natural products you can find in your kitchen cabinet are perfect for cleaning the wooden furniture. Vinegar’s acid will cut through the grease and grime and remove any oily stains. Olive oil is perfect for polishing the furniture. Use lime juice the same way you’d use vinegar, and get the great citrus smell as well.

For the perfect shine, use furniture polish or wax. Make sure you don’t combine the two, but decide for one option. Wax will create a long-lasting coat of sheen. You’ll apply furniture polish much easier, and it’ll evaporate quickly. However, don’t use it too much, because you’ll create a sticky film over the surface.

If you expose wooden furniture to high humidity, you could end up with a damaged table, chair or bed. Therefore, keep them away from humid areas, like attic, basement, or any room where the temperature can go from one extreme to another very fast.

Taking care of the furniture is essential if you want to keep it for many years. Make sure you check out the previous suggestions and maintain your leather and wooden furniture properly, so you can enjoy it for a long time.

How to Take Care of Your Furniture

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17 Comments

  1. Rose Cottrill

    October 24, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Cleaningthe furniture is one of the many factors we consider when buying it. We just bought ours this month and cleaning was one of the factors.

  2. R U S S

    October 23, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I always try so hard to veer away from leather, but it’s just so hard because leather furniture is classy. It’s a lot of hard work to take care of furniture, but of course, it is important because these things add that oomph to our home. These are really helpful & informative at the same time.

  3. rika

    October 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Great info.. I love wood furniture, rustic is the best! Thanks for sharing these tips

  4. Michele D

    October 22, 2016 at 8:11 am

    I’m going through this now with my leather sectional. I should have protected it long ago. These are great tips.

  5. Bonnie g

    October 21, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    What great tips! Thanks for sharing how to take care of different types of furniture.

  6. Rania

    October 21, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    These are great tips. I have leather everywhere in my house mainly because I love the material and the ease of cleaning, though my leather is white and some beige. It makes it hard to keep it tidy with 3 kids so I am wiping it almost daily from there stains. I didn’t realise can cause so much damage but it makes sense since it’s the same concept with painting and even curtains. Thanks for sharing those tips! Would love if you can link up to http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/10/16/summer-fall-fashion-bloggers-style/

  7. HilLesha

    October 21, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    I have two children, so taking care of furniture can pose as a challenge at times. So, thank you for sharing these wonderful tips!

  8. Garf

    October 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    This is very informative. Thanks for sharing these tips. I haven’t thought about taking care of my furniture until now.

  9. Jeanine

    October 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Its so hard to take care of furniture with 7 kids but let me tell you, I try and make sure I get it all taken care of but sometimes things happen and it sucks!

  10. Dina Demarest

    October 21, 2016 at 11:53 am

    when I buy furniture I want it to last. So these are great tips I need to begin doing right now!

  11. Bart & Eena

    October 21, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Truly informative. Thank you for all these tips, we will definitely use some of these!

  12. Rebecca Swenor

    October 21, 2016 at 12:44 am

    These are great tips for taking care of your furniture. I know my grandmother always used furniture polish on her wood furniture. Using lime juice on the wood is something I didn’t know you could do but I will be trying that on my coffee table and kitchen table instead of vinegar. I usually use vinegar for cleaning because it cuts grease etc but I will use the lime juice now. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  13. Stephen

    October 20, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    To be honest maybe its our generation but I totally forget to take care of my furniture – just buy it, clean it but not really look after it!

  14. Liz Mays

    October 20, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    This is really helpful. We have a lot of different types of furniture and I would hate to see them lose quality over time.

  15. Sarah

    October 20, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    These are great tips to take care of your furniture, I am so not good at doing that. Your photos are amazing too, love those chair ideas!

  16. Pam Wattenbarger

    October 20, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Taking care of your furniture can be so tricky. These are great tips, thank you for sharing them with us.

  17. Paula Schuck

    October 20, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for sharing these tips. It can be difficult to figure out how to properly clean you furniture. It’s a totally different beast from almost anything else.

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