Wooden furniture is often favoured for its longevity and ability to age well. This is only with proper care of course, and plenty of consideration over the environment your furniture is placed and displayed in. These tips for protecting your indoor wooden furniture will cover all the vital topics, from oils and treatments to repair and stain removal.
#1. Use Interior treatments
The point of using wooden furniture oils and treatments is not only to maintain the item’s appearance, but enhance it too. The popular Polyx oil from the Osmo range, for example, is capable of forming an elastic micro-porous surface that protects the surface against coffee, wine and fizzy drinks, whilst also accentuates the natural colour and tone of the timber.
#2. Keep away from windows
This tip is heavily dependent on your species of wood (and how much sunshine you think we’ll get!), but is still vital. Regular exposure to ultraviolet light can cause various types of wood, notably cherry and maple, to darken - which will look especially bad once you remove the objects on the table and reveal it’s ‘sunburn!
#3. Dust correctly
Dusting must be done with the right materials and fashion to maintain the wood’s longevity. You should always moisten your indoor wooden furniture with a spray product first to prevent hairline scratches appearing on the surface. Then, with a soft cloth, wipe following, ensuring that you do this often to remove everyday abrasive particles.
#4. Use Woodfiller for Repairs
Minor damage to indoor wooden furniture doesn’t have be a disaster, as its quite easy to remedy. Solutions like the Osmo water-based woodfiller serves as a wood putty, crack filler and sanding sealer, allowing you to fill in cracks and scratches so long as you devote careful attention to detail. It also works in tandem with other finishing products such as oils waxes and varnishes,
#5. Don’t tolerate water rings!
There’s a reason why some people get so militant when it comes to using coasters on their wooden furniture. Aside from looking unsightly, these water rings will stain and discolour the wood if not dealt with right away. There’s countless ‘traditional’ methods of getting rid of them, ranging from mixtures of cigarette ashes and cooking oil to a ‘generous smear of mayonnaise’! In practice you should always enquire how different substances will react with your species of wood, and to not go with any method that seems too wild to be wrong.
#6. Beware of fungus
Mould spores can wreak havoc on indoor wooden furniture, and what’s worse is sometimes your chosen cleaning method will just create an environment for it to come back twice as strong. You should always use a high quality wood protector; one that’s specially formulated to protect against fungal attack and is water-resistant. Environment is important too; ensure moisture is always at a minimum, and any sources of condensation (such as a leak or damaged gutters) should be dealt with as soon as you notice a problem.
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