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The Way to Care for your Wood Furniture

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If cared for properly, wood furniture can be as long lasting as leather furniture. However, the sad truth is wood furniture is most affected by unsuitable care or inattention compared to other types of furniture. Nonetheless, the prospective benefits of appropriately cared for wood furniture outweigh that of furniture with other coverings. With the potential of lasting hundreds of years and even the likelihood of becoming a family heirloom, wood furniture is a great choice for any home and Critellis in St. Catharines is the best place to get amazing quality wood furniture for you southern Ontario home! With brands like Stickley, Stanley, West Brothers, Nichols & Stone and many more, you can never go wrong. Sunlight is the most harmful element for wood furniture. Similar to leather, if your wood furniture is constantly exposed to direct sunlight and heat it can cause it to fade. Lighter wood furniture may come to be darker over time, while darker wood furniture could bleach out in the sun. Great changes in temperature can also have an opposing effect on your wood furniture. If your wood furniture is unprotected from extreme temperature fluctuations, it can become warped with time. Additionally, it is important to not place your wood furniture over a floor or wall vent. It is very important to be aware of the finish of your wood furniture. Wood furniture finishes respond differently to certain elements, just like leather. Not only must you be aware of weather elements and sun, but rubber lamp bases, plastics and electrical cords can be harmful to the finish of your wood furniture. Placing a piece of felt or leather between the wood surface and the harmful item is a great way to avoid such dangers. Another substance to be aware of are liquids of any form, as they can be very harmful to the finish of wood furniture. The most common type of damage caused by liquids are cup rings from a drinking glass that was placed on the wood furniture with condensation on the external surface. Using coasters when eating or drinking on your wood furniture is a great way to prevent from damaging your wood furniture. If your wood furniture does come in contact with liquids, the best things is to make sure that they are quickly and thoroughly cleaned. The first step is to wipe the furniture with a clean cloth that has been soaked in slight soap and water. Then, wipe the surface with a clean damp cloth and finally with a third dry clean cloth. When you are washing wood furniture, always make sure to not wipe against the wood grain but with it. On a regular basis, it is important to clean and maintain your wood furniture. First with a regular dusting. Then, depending on the finish of your wood furniture, supplementary cleaning may be advised.

  1. Polyurethane finishes have a better water resistance than others and it is okay to wipe it with a damp cloth, and then simply wipe dry.
  2. Shellac finishes are particularly sensitive to liquids. This kind of wood furniture with this finish should exclusively be vacuumed or dusted and also avoiding any oil or damp furniture polishes. Shellac finishes can become sticky if exposed to liquids or a moist environment.
  3. Wood furniture that is painted should only be wiped with a damp cloth soaked in a light amount of soap and water, then immediately blotted dry with a clean cloth. If painted furniture has suffered a severe stain or non-reparable damage, it is possible to strip the surface and refinish it.
  4. Wood furniture with oil finishes require specific upkeep. These are suggested by the producer.
  5. Lacquer finished wood furniture should be waxed approximately once a year. Conversely, as the piece ages you will discover that it needs to be waxed less frequently because of buildup.




If your wood furniture has suffered minor damages such as scratches, scrapes or marks it can be covered using a stick or a scratch removers that can be found at most furniture supply retailers or hardware stores. In accumulation with overall cleaning and maintenance, it is a great idea to purchase a protection plan for your wood furniture. Protection plans pick up where your manufacturer's warranty ends. Most manufacturer's warranty protects against defects, however a furniture protection plan can help you take care of unintentional breakage and impairment of your wood furniture. Scrapes, water damage, burns, warping and component failure can be fixed under most furniture protection plans. Some exclusions may apply, however a furniture protection plan will assist to ensure the value of your furniture.