Spring cleaning? Make sure you protect your wooden furniture

Newsletter article, Winter 2014


Spring cleaning may seem like a chore but there’s something very satisfying about throwing open the windows and getting rid of the winter cobwebs.

You’ll need to take care of your wooden furniture though as you clean so here’s our top five tips to make sure it is still in tip top shape by the time you’re done.   

 

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1)     Beware of cleaning products.  Wax and silicone based polishes, bleach and chlorine based products, abrasive and alcohol based cleaners, multi-purpose cleaners, solvents and ammonia can all mark or damage your wooden furniture.  It depends on how they have been finished.  A damp, soft cloth with lukewarm water and a little washing-up liquid is definitely the safest way to go.

Non silicone furniture polish label2)     If you want to use a cleaning product, always choose a product with a label that clearly advertises ‘NO SILICONE’ on it, and test it on an inconspicuous patch first.  Many manufacturers put silicone in their polishes because it gives furniture that instant shine.  But in the long term, it causes a cloudy film to build up on the surface that is a nightmare to get rid of.  Many of the very popular household multi-surface sprays have silicone in them, but (surprise surprise) they don’t advertise this on the packaging! 

3)     Always dust or polish in the direction of the grain.  Polishing across the grain can cause fine scratches.

4)     Make sure liquids don’t seep into the surface or joints.  Be meticulous (all year round!) about using soft dry cloths to wipe up liquids immediately.

5)     Take care when mopping around wooden furniture with cleaning products, notably bleach.  The mop can come into contact with wooden table and chair legs, sideboards and the rest, and cause significant discolouration.

Lastly, here’s an extra tip for the bitter cold spring months (if last year was anything to go by!). 

As the temperature drops and you begin to turn up the thermostat, bear in mind that keeping your rooms at a constantly high temperature for a prolonged period may cause some distortion in the structures of furniture.   Particularly furniture made from solid timber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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