Just like in other investments, maintenance and safekeeping are needed to make furniture last for long. However, when it comes to furniture, one size does not fit all. Customized care and maintenance practices are needed to be applied to address the varying needs of different furniture types.
In this article, we’ll share with you customized care and maintenance tips for the most common furniture types – leather, suede, wood, steel, and other outdoor furniture.
Leather furniture is one of the greatest investments you can display in your home and even pass on to your children. Leather is elegant, stylish, and classic that it instantly brings grandeur into your home interiors. But, how should this precious piece of furniture be well taken care of?
- Apply mild leather conditioner on the furniture once every 6-12 months.
- In the case of accidental spills, wipe them up promptly with a dry cloth.
- Keep the leather away from too much sun exposure, heat, or direct light as these factors can contribute to the fading and wear and tear of your leather furniture.
- Regularly dust and vacuum your leather furniture including the crevices.
- Do not use strong cleaning solvents, ammonia, soaps, and too much water when cleaning your leather furniture as they can contribute to the disintegration of the leather hide.
- If you have pets around, consult professional leather specialists for an extra leather finish to protect your leather furniture from pet scratches.
Just like the standard leather, soft leather suede can instantly add a sophisticated aura in your home. But, to maintain a suede upholstery’s sophistication, it has to be well taken care of from stains and wear and tear. So, here are suede upholstery cleaning and maintenance tips:
- Set a consistent schedule in cleaning your suede upholstery rigorously and thoroughly.
- Use protective sprays to prevent accidental spills and stains from becoming permanent.
- Always abide by the manufacturer’s instruction before cleaning your suede upholstery.
- When cleaning suede with water, try not to use too much as it will destroy the suede.
- Make use of a suede brush to get rid of dirt and restore suede’s original appearance.
- For dry stains, use a pencil or suede eraser to remove them from your suede upholstery.
In cleaning and maintaining wood furniture, the varied types of wood finishes must be considered. The different wood finishes need to be cleaned differently using different cleaners. See the cleaning tips for common types of wood finishes like paint, stain, varnish, wax, etc. below:
- To preserve the distinct patterns in your wooden furniture, always wipe it in the direction of the wood grains.
- In cleaning painted wood, rub furniture with a sponge dampened by washing-up liquid mixed with water. Then, dry it off with a cloth immediately.
- For both stained and unsealed wood, practice the dump dusting technique. Apply the water and cleaning solution on the cloth, and not directly on the wood.
- For varnished wooden furniture, mild cleaning products mixed with a minimal amount of water works well.
- For waxed wooden furniture, use soap flakes instead of detergent.
- Wooden furniture must not also be placed near heating units to keep them from drying, cracking, and shrinking.
Considering most furniture designed for the outdoors are made from steel, prevention of rust must be prioritized. The different weather conditions greatly affect an outdoor furniture’s wear and tear. So, to make your outdoor furniture last longer, here are maintenance tips you must practice:
- Use a silicone-based coating spray to protect your outdoor furniture from rust.
- Always keep your outdoor furniture dry and free from dust, soil, salt, and humidity.
- To remove accumulated mold or rust, lightly sand the area with a fine-grit sandpaper.
- Never paint over a rusty metal piece just to hide the rust. Instead, sand the rusty part first before painting.
- To clean outdoor furniture, only use a mild soap solution for mild scrubbing. Rinse, and dry as soon as you finish cleaning. Never leave metal furniture wet.
- If not in use, cover or store outdoor furniture in a covered place or indoors.
How long furniture can last also depends on how the owner maintains and takes care of it. So, for longer-lasting furniture pieces and a better home, follow the furniture care and maintenance tips above.