From modern pieces to antiques, wood furniture is often a prized possession, as well as an expression of our individual personalities and taste. Furniture is also one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime and it deserves the best care you can give it.
So what’s the best way to care for them?
All wood is susceptible to damage from the environment within our homes. Even in normal everyday use, there’s a danger of scratching and abrasion. Often when furniture is neglected over a period of time, only costly refinishing can restore it.
There are many options for caring for you wood and truly it all depends on the type and finish of the wood.
Tip #1: First and foremost, always ask for specific care and cleaning guidelines when purchasing new or old furnishings.
Bermudian home have more wood than average houses therefore depending on the wood’s application coatings, sealants and finishes are vital to a piece.
Our two top performers are Black Knight Foundation coating and Epoxy Sealants. The first is a high-quality, non-textured liquid asphalt. We apply this to the outside of our window and doorframes where it contacts the masonry to prevent moisture from the woodwork.
The second is a two-part marine grade epoxy that bonds and coats to provide superior strength and moisture resistance. This is applied to the tops, bottoms of doors to seal the wood and prevent moisture, rot and decay.
Typically when we manufacture a piece we add a sealant along with the finish to ensure the piece is protected from the weather. Applying wax or polish also protects the finish and helps to reduce surface scratches.
Use paste wax or liquid wax made specifically for furniture. Depending on use, paste wax finishes may last as long as two years. Liquid wax is easier to apply but leaves a thinner coating; it may need to be applied more frequently than paste wax.
Oil polishes, cleaners, and furniture oils protect wood by making the surface more slippery; they do not offer a hard protective layer and may smear or attract dust.
Most commercial spray and liquid furniture polishes contain silicone oil, which provides some protection. However be aware that polish residues can interfere with refinishing and may need professional attention.
Clean, dry, soft cloths will effectively remove dust; however, dampen the cloth very slightly to avoid dust scattering into the air and settling back down on the furniture.
Use treated cloths or lamb’s wool dusters for dusting. These soft, non-scratching cloths pick up and hold dirt and are ideal for hard to reach areas.
Tip #2: To ensure hardware on your piece doesn’t rust & glides smoothly try Corrosion X or Rustoluam as superior alternatives to WD40.
No matter the piece there is a way to keep it pristine for years to come. There are products and techniques perfect for any situation and wood. Do your homework and if in doubt ask the experts.