In choosing furniture for homes, wood is indeed one of the ingredients that is still a favorite choice for many people. However, caring for organic materials such as wood is certainly not as easy as caring for furniture from plastic materials. If it is not handled properly, the risk of getting mold, cracking, and eating termites can occur in your wood furniture. But there is no need to worry because we have 7 tips that can be tried alone at home.
1. Place it in a Dry or Normal Temperature
Continuous exposure to heat can make the wood dry and shrink, causing cracks in the wood layer. Keep furniture made of wood from equipment that radiates heat or places that are directly exposed to sunlight, especially if you live in areas with high temperatures. Not only that, humid air can also provoke the proliferation of fungi or insects that are harmful to wood.
2. Move Properly and Carefully
The habit of moving a minimalist table or chair by dragging or pulling the back can scratch and scrape the wood due to rubbing against the floor. Pulling one of his legs is also at risk of damaging the seat connection. The correct way to move wood furniture is to carefully lift it in the cross section or stand.
3. Use the Base to Minimize Damage
Although you have been careful in moving your wooden furniture, sometimes you use the furniture itself which can slowly damage the appearance. To minimize the risk of being scratched or exposed to stains that make the color of the wood dull and the wood surface not smooth anymore, just cover the top of the table with a tablecloth or table runner. As for the legs, you can use it with a carpet or felt on each leg.
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4. Dry Water Stains, Immediately!
Drinking glasses often leave circular water stains on the surface of a wooden dining table. If left alone, this stain will remain permanently and damage the beauty of natural wood texture. The eliminating method can be by applying a mixture of toothpaste and baking soda or a mixture of cooking oil and ash with a soft cloth. For small stains, you can just wipe the mixture using your fingers. Another alternative is to burn the pecan seeds until the oil comes out, then smash it by beating it, then rub it on the stain.
5. Clean Wood Furniture Periodically
Clean wood furniture at least once a month by spraying a pledge or enough liquid upholstery on the surface of the wooden furniture, then wipe with a cloth and let it dry. You can get equipment for cleaning wooden furniture in a material store or furniture shop. If necessary, you can also refine wood furniture every 2-3 years so it doesn't look dull.
6. Use a Brush or Toothbrush for Unreachable Parts
Basically, wood furniture can be cleaned with a cotton cloth. But there are times when dust, dirt, or mold in wood furniture is not lifted properly because it is tucked in between the cracks. Use small and smooth brushes or toothbrushes to reach these parts.
7. Take advantage of tea residue as a cleanser
Besides being healthy for consumption, tea has many uses, one of which is wood cleaning. For maximum color and luster results, dip a soft cloth in black tea, squeeze the cloth, then rub it on the wood furniture to clean it and leave it to dry.
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