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Home Decor

How to Look After Your Furniture

Furniture should be treated like members of your household, the quiet companions that owe so much in return. A bit of love and care from you can make all the difference between a comfortable home and one filled with furniture from hell. Furniture maintenance doesn’t need to be difficult with these helpful tips for looking after your beloved pieces over time.

Dusting Off the Basics: Regular Cleaning

Before we get too advanced in our cleaning techniques, let’s dust off the basics. Cleaning furniture should be seen as something as routine as flossing your teeth, often overlooked but so important.

Wooden Furniture

Wooden furniture exudes classic elegance. In order to maintain their veneer, regular dusting is key to preserving its finish. Use a soft microfiber cloth when dusting to avoid scratches. Feather dusters tend to kick more dust into the air than onto your duster. For tough grime buildup, mixing equal parts soap and water may do the trick. Just be sure to wipe it away afterward using a dry cloth. When it comes to furniture polish, monthly applications will keep that shining gleam intact.

Fabulous Fabrics

Certain furniture, such as luxurious leather or plush velvet, can become stained over time due to crumbs, pet hair, and spilled coffee. Vacuum your fabric furniture regularly using its upholstery attachment (yes, that one you never use). For deeper stains that require professional treatment, a fabric cleaner designed for your furniture type may be more beneficial. Always blot rather than rub when cleaning. Rubbing can spread stains further and fray fabric fibers faster.

Preventative Measures to Keep Furniture Looking Their Best 

A great defense is the best offense, and maintaining furniture’s pristine appearance often requires taking simple preventive steps that protect against daily hazards.

Heat and Humidity

Temperature and humidity play a pivotal role in keeping wooden furniture looking its best, from protecting it from heat sources like lamps to using humidifiers if your home becomes too dry during the winter. Like an anti-ageing moisturizing cream for your favorite wooden objects.

Sunlight Serenade

While that sunny corner may appear perfect for placing your new armchair, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight is a surefire way to fade its fabric. Curtains or blinds may help shield furniture from direct sunlight, as well as UV protective spray for an added layer of defense against its harmful rays. An attractive replacement screen door can also offer ample natural lighting without exposure to harmful UV rays.

Little Giants: Coasters and Placemats

Water rings and heat marks may be detrimental to beautiful wooden surfaces, but these small heroes stand no chance when up against an army of coasters and placemats. Coasters and placemats are an invaluable way to extend the lifespan of furniture as well as safeguard both your wallet and surfaces from damage.

Conclusion

Caring for your furniture means more than just dusting and polishing. It means appreciating its role in your life. By including these tips in your regular routine, you can ensure your pieces remain as stunning as the day you bought them, bringing years of comfort and elegance into the future. So next time you sit on the sofa or set down your teacup on your table, remember, even small acts of kindness go a long way.