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Furniture Care and Maintenance: Essential Tips for Longevity

Furniture pieces are essential in the home, adding both functionality and aesthetic quality to your space. They can complement even a bland-looking room or be used to repurpose space.

With all their value, they can be susceptible to quick deterioration without optimal care and maintenance. As they are significant investments, you must do what it takes to ensure these pieces stand the test of time and retain their allure. Here are tips to help you preserve their splendor and make them last for years to come.

Clean regularly

Regular cleaning is the cornerstone of furniture maintenance. Dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate over time, causing surfaces to look dull and deteriorate. Use a soft, lint-free cloth or a microfiber duster to wipe down surfaces gently. For wood furniture, avoid using abrasive cleaners that can strip away finishes and cause damage.

Avoid exposure to direct sunlight

Direct sunlight can harm furniture, causing colors to fade and materials to degrade. Position your furniture away from windows or use curtains and blinds to filter sunlight. If you have wooden furniture, consider using UV-resistant coatings to protect against sun damage.

Use coasters and mats

Protect your furniture from spills and heat damage using coasters for drinks and mats for hot dishes. Condensation from cold drinks and the heat from hot items can leave unsightly marks on surfaces. Prevention is critical to maintaining the integrity of your furniture.

Dust the furniture properly

Dusting your furniture is more than a cosmetic chore; it prevents dust from settling into crevices and compromising the finish. Use a soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove dust from upholstered furniture. A soft bristle or toothbrush can work wonders for intricate carvings and details.

Carry out polishing and conditioning

Wooden furniture benefits from occasional polishing to maintain its luster and protect the surface. Use a high-quality furniture polish or wax recommended for the specific type of wood. However, avoid excessive use, as over-polishing can lead to residue buildup.

Care specially for the upholstery

Regular vacuuming will keep dust and debris from settling into the fabric of upholstered furniture. Rotate cushions periodically to ensure even wear. If spills occur, blot them gently with a clean cloth to prevent stains from setting in. Consider using fabric protectors to shield upholstery from spills and stains.

Be mindful of humidity

Fluctuations in humidity can cause wood to expand and contract, leading to cracks and warping. Maintain a stable indoor humidity level, ideally between 30% and 50%, to safeguard your wooden furniture. Using a dehumidifier or humidifier can help achieve this balance.

Lift, not drag

When moving furniture, lifting it rather than dragging it across the floor is essential. Dragging can cause scratches to surfaces and strain on joints. Enlist the help of others or use furniture sliders to move heavy items without causing damage.

Store wisely

If you need to store furniture, do so in a clean, dry place. Elevate furniture off the ground to prevent moisture absorption. Disassemble items if possible, and wrap them in breathable materials like cotton sheets to avoid scratches and damage.

Enjoy long-lasting pieces from Ebert Furniture

Are you ready to embark on a journey to ensure your furniture's lasting beauty and charm? Call or visit us at Ebert Furniture Gallery, where we understand the value of well-maintained furnishings.

Explore our exquisite collection of handpicked pieces that elevate your spaces and come with expert advice on care and maintenance. Let's work together to create a home that tells your unique story – a story of timeless elegance, cherished memories, and furniture that stands the test of time.


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