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Handy tips to take care of your wooden furniture

TIPS AND TRICKS  |  FEB 25, 2020


For many homeowners, wood has been a go-to material for many homes over the years. And when you step into a home with a rustic wood element to it, you’ll understand why it’s so popular. Not only is it appealing to the eye, but wood can last a lifetime if taken care of properly. 

So, whether you’re moving into your new home or you’re simply redecorating a few parts of your home, knowing how to care for your wooden furniture is vital. At Canal Walk, we have the best home stores in Cape Town that can offer you quality wooden furniture. 

We have also compiled a list of handy tips that will ensure your wood lasts you forever. 

Purchase the right cleaning products

To get the most out of your wooden furniture, you need to use the right cleaning products. Well-known cleaning brands like Mr Min and Pledge Wood Polish, found in various supermarkets at Canal Walk, have been designed to help your wood stay clean, shiny and protected against wear and tear. When using wood polishes and sprays, keep in mind that you can't use them too often. They'll cause a buildup, which will create a dull and sticky surface. It's best to use it when cleaning, and on other days, simply wipe your table with a dry cloth. 

Do not mishandle your wooden furniture

Caring about your wooden furniture daily will ensure it lasts longer. This is especially crucial for individuals who host many get-togethers. If you want to avoid ring stains on your tabletops, make sure you and your guests use coasters before placing a glass, mug or cup on the table. And with plates and bowls with hot food, make sure you have a placemat on the table. You can find various coaster and placemat designs at Mr Price Home that will protect your table, and beautify your home. 

Be wary of environmental damage to your furniture

Although wood is durable, excessive exposure to the sun or water can be detrimental. So, keep your wooden furniture away from the sun or any dampness around the house. That can be anything from the window to the fireplace or somewhere near a damp wall. Water can cause the wood to swell or warp, and heat exposure can fade the colour of the wood. To prevent this from happening, you can apply wax to the furniture. 

Dust your wooden tops often

One of the most efficient ways to properly maintain and care for your wooden furniture is by removing dust. Particles that are found in the air create a cloudy layer on your wooden tops that can cause scratches. Dusting frequently, with a microfiber cloth that can be found at Carrol Boyes, is the best way to remove dust without causing damage. 

Removing those tough stains

No matter how often you use coasters and table cloths, mistakes do happen. And, over time, there will be stains that could not have been avoided. But, one way for you to save your wood is to act fast. The longer stain is there, the harder it will be to remove it. 

Here's how you can remove those tough stains 

  • For ring stain, apply an equal amount of white toothpaste and baking soda. Then rub the mixture onto the stain until it's no longer there. Once that's complete, make sure you wipe off everything thoroughly and buff your surface with a dry cloth. This is best for white ring marks.
  • For dark stains, try lightly absorbing the stained area with a vinegar-soaked cloth. Once the stain has been removed, make sure to wipe it off with a dry cloth. 
  • If you have children who love drawing, crayon marks can be your worst enemy. However, they can be removed with mayonnaise. So, apply it to the stain and let the mayonnaise sit for a few minutes. Then rub it clean with a soft damp cloth. Once those steps are done, buff with a dry cloth. 

Final Thoughts

Looking after your wooden furniture isn't difficult. You simply need to know how to take care of it, and what products to use. Once you've gotten the hang of it, you can enjoy having a beautifully decorated home. At Canal Walk, we have consistently made sure we can cater to your needs; from giving you upholstery tips on how to clean wood furniture to selling high-quality home products that will ensure you have a classy, modern home forever. So, visit Canal Walk to see what additional wooden furniture you need for your home. 

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