Having wood furniture in the house adds a kind of ambiance and warmth to the living space. However, some wood food furniture, if neglected, can deteriorate over time. Although Amish furniture uses high-quality wood, it still needs the care to maintain its good quality. The following will give you helpful tips on how to care for solid hardwood.
- Humidity control. Humidity affects wood quality; maintaining a consistent 35-45 % humidity range prevents the wood from warping and cracking.
- Direct sunlight. Overexposure to heat makes the wood expand. So avoid putting your furniture in direct sunlight and from another heat source such as a furnace, ducts, and radiators.
- Use coasters and trivets. Glasses and dishes leave marks on your table. To prevent this from happening, use coasters and trivets.
- Store table leaves. To maintain consistency in the environmental condition, the store table goes close to the table.
- Don’t place sharp objects. To avoid unnecessary scratches, avoid placing sharp objects on your furniture.
- Avoid using alcohol, nail polish remover, and similar solvent near your furniture.
- Use a mild cleaning solution to clean your wood furniture. You can use non-alkaline soap and water and a soft sponge or cloth. When you wipe or buff, follow the wood grain.
- Avoid silicone polish. If you want to polish your furniture, don’t use a silicone base or ask your retailer to recommend good polish or wax.
Sometimes accidents happen, resulting in furniture damage; when this happens, try to use the following solutions:
- Cigarette burns – rub with a paste of boiled linseed oil or rottenstone.
- Heat marks – rub with dry steel wool pad (extra fine (0000) or damp cloth with camphor oil or mineral spirit.
- Milk or alcohol spill – rub with a paste of boiled linseed oil or rottenstone.
- Nail polish – rub with fine steel wool (0000) dipped in Guardsman Furniture Polish.
- Paint – remove fresh paint with water and oil-based minerals. Remove dry paint by soaking the parts with boiled linseed oil.