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Tips for Maintaining Oak Furniture

Posted on February 9, 2011 by Admin

When properly cared for, oak furniture can last for generations. Maintaining oak furniture doesn’t take a lot of time, and the effort you put into keeping your furniture in good condition pays off in the long term.

Although oak is naturally more moisture resistant than other woods and can withstand some contact with liquids, it’s necessary to clean up any spills that occur as quickly as possible. Use a soft, dry cloth to soak up spilled liquids, and then gently dry the spot to remove any remaining dampness. This will help prevent stains and watermarks, which is an important part of maintaining oak furniture. Another way to keep your furniture from damage is to always use mats and coasters under dishes and glasses to keep them from touching the surface of the wood.

When maintaining oak furniture, be aware of nearby heat sources such as direct sunlight and radiators, as these can damage your precious pieces. Excessive exposure to sunlight can dry the wood out or fade the finish. Furniture placed too close to heaters or radiators may become loose at the joints, causing it to wobble. This is why it’s essential to consider placement when maintaining oak furniture. If a piece resides in a sunny room such as an eat-in kitchen or living room with a lot of windows, consider covering it with a runner or other decorative cloth to keep light exposure to a minimum. Relocating furniture that has been placed near other heat sources can help prolong the life of the piece.

As with any home furnishings, maintaining oak furniture includes keeping it clean. Dust your furniture periodically with a soft, slightly damp cloth. Do not use wet cloths, as this can damage the surface. Stains can be removed with wood cleaner or oil that is appropriate for the finish of your furniture. You may also occasionally need to oil or wax your oak furniture depending on its finish. If your furniture came with care instructions, refer to these for the proper steps involved and the kind of oil or wax you should use. Always test any care products on an inconspicuous area before applying to the whole piece.

Maintaining oak furniture helps to preserve the beauty and quality of the wood. The little time and care you give your furniture is worth it when you consider the amount of use you’ll get in return.


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