Take Good Care of your Furniture
Quality wood furniture can endure forever and is always a prized treasure that is passed on to generations. But even the best wood is susceptible to scratches and can wear with time. Buying leather and wooden furniture for your living room or bedroom is a great way to add elegance and comfort to your interior space. However, leather needs special care to maintain its unique beauty over the years. So before you go shopping for nice chairs and ottomans that go well with your living room and decor, check out these tips on how to take care of your wood and leather.
Wood is one of the most popular materials for making furniture. As this is a natural product, there may be a slight colour change due to sunlight over time. Also, be careful when it expands and contracts with changes in humidity. Maintaining ambient humidity around 40-60% can reduce seasonal wood expansion/shrinkage.
The following tips can also help you take care of your wood and wood furniture, which can extend its life.
- Protect furniture from direct sunlight.
- Use curtains and blinds to prevent direct sunlight exposure.
- Place wooden furniture away from the radiator.
- Protect the surface when using markers, crayons, etc.
- Do not leave newspapers or other printed material lying on (light coloured) surfaces.
- Do not place hot objects such as plates, pots or tea/coffee cups directly on the plant.
- Always use sheets or coasters under drinking water to avoid marks and (water) stains.
- Keep sharp and sharp objects away from furniture to prevent damage.
- Do not use abrasive substances such as kitchen sponges.
- Dust regularly with a soft, dry cloth.
- Liquid spills damage furniture if not removed promptly. Wipe it with a damp (not wet) cloth with a mild soap. Dry immediately.
- Even untreated wood should be greased or waxed at least once a year. Scrubbing the area is not recommended as this can damage the finish.
Leather furnishings require special care to stay in good condition. Follow these steps to take care of your leather furniture. Under normal use, dusting and vacuuming regularly along crevices or floors can help clean hard furniture.
- Dust the leather sofa or chair with a microfiber cloth that is almost soaked in water.
- Vacuum cushions with a stiff brush attachment and remove crevice tools from corners and other hard-to-reach places.
- If you need to remove stains or dirt, use a damp cloth with a mild non-detergent soap and water solution. Make sure not to rub the stain, and when you are finished, allow the furniture to dry naturally. If you still see the spot, repeat the process.
- We recommend using a quality leatherette every 6-12 months to prevent breakage and maintain a long-lasting look.
- To keep seat cushions looking their best and to help them wear evenly, be sure to turn them regularly. Give foam, and leather cushions a shake as often as possible to help them keep their shape.
- To maintain the appearance of the leather sofa, protect the furniture from sunlight and direct sunlight.
- Never use harsh products like ammonia or varnishes, and avoid furniture polish, oils, soap and dusting agents.
- To keep your leather furniture safe, do not use sharp objects like knives, pens or pencils while seated to avoid damage.
- If you have pets at home, take the necessary steps to protect your furniture.
- Like all upholstery, leather can fade to some degree when exposed to sunlight.