Three tips for taking care of wooden furniture & accessories

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Wood furniture and accessories – such as trays, cutting boards and side tables, have long since been a staple in many peoples’ homes. Not only can they be beautiful, intricate, and add a real design style to the home, but they tend to be extremely long-lasting and durable, allowing them to be passed down through generations if properly cared for. While these items typically aren’t cheap to purchase up-front, the idea is that they are long-lasting so well worth the investment.

But what if you’ve had problems in the past with your wood furniture lasting and holding up? Maybe you have a hard time maintaining that “like new” condition, which means replacement will happen sooner than you would have hoped. The good news is that with a few simple tips, you’ll be able to prolong the lifespan of your wooden treasures, and really get the most out of them. Let’s take a closer look…

STAY ON TOP OF DUSTING

This is the very first step in caring for wood furniture, and the good news is that it’s really easy. Make it habit to stay on top of dusting all your wooden items with a clean dry cloth. Make sure the cloth is also soft so as to not scratch any surfaces.

If you find that a dry cloth isn’t doing enough, and the dust just settles right back on the furniture, you can dampen it very slightly and use that to trap the dust. Make sure the surfaces aren’t left damp or wet though. The reason that dust build-up is bad for the wood is that over time, it can cause a layer that becomes a film and actually ends up scratching the wood.

MAKE SURE YOU USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS

While dusting is the first step, sometimes dusting alone won’t do the trick and you’ll need a cleaning product. This is where you have to be very careful, as you don’t want to choose anything that will damage the wood. Look for furniture polishes and sprays that are made specifically for wood. When using them, you never want to use a cloth that is scratchy; always opt for something soft such as a microfibre cloth.

EXTEND THE LIFE OF WOOD WITH SEASONING

In terms of wooden accessories, one staple in many peoples’ kitchens is a wooden cutting board. Not only do these look great and can even double as a serving platter, but they are extremely strong. However, without proper care, you’ll find that the wooden cutting board starts to warp, stain, crack, and even split well before it should. So, what’s the solution? It’s simple: try seasoning your cutting board.

When you think about a tree out in the forest, it contains a constant source of moisture. This moisture keeps it healthy and strong and prevents it from drying out. Once you cut down that tree to make items out of it, all that moisture is lost and it won’t be replenished. If you’re looking for a way to breathe life back into the wood seasoning your cutting board with the best oil might surprise you. This is a relatively simple and quick process that will create beautiful results that protect your cutting board. Keep in mind you’ll need to repeat the process as necessary in order to keep the cutting board in good condition.

By following each of these tips, you’ll be able to extend the lifespan of your wooden furniture and accessories, ensuring that they look great and are durable for many years to come. Let me know you your own ideas for taking care of wooden pieces in the comments below, I’d love to hear your tips 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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