How long your furniture pieces at home can stay in good condition hugely depends on how you protect and handle them. All types of furniture, no matter what they’re made of, need proper care to be protected from potential hazards and damages.
Although you can’t do so much about preventing natural hazards such as floods, you can do something about the most common preventable damages in furniture. Below are tips on how you can minimize them to protect your furniture at home.
Sunlight exposure, temperature, and humidity, when not kept in optimal and balanced levels, can potentially damage a furniture’s pristine condition. To create an optimal environment for your treasured furniture, here are tips on what you can do:
Direct sunlight can cause permanent discolorations and fading on a furniture’s surface. Bright lighting also produces the same effect. That’s why it’s recommended to keep furniture pieces away from direct sunlight and lighting. Using window treatments, curtains, drapes, and UV filters must be used to block most damaging light frequencies.
When not in use, it’s best to keep furniture in darker places and areas of the room. It’s best to place them away from windows where light is abundant.
All types of furniture need to be in a place where the temperature is neither too hot and dry or too cold and moist. Especially for wooden pieces of furniture, exposure to cold temperature and weather can cause it to dry out, crack, deteriorate, and fade.
During the cold weather, no furniture item should be left outdoors. More than that, they should be covered with a wrap and kept in a dry, climate-controlled area.
Heat, dry heat specifically, can damage furniture and cause it to dry, shrink, and crack. To prevent this from happening, any type of furniture must not be placed directly in front of or beside radiators, heating units and vents, and other heat sources.
The amount of water vapor present in air, or relative humidity (RH), can cause the greatest environmental damage in furniture when it’s not kept stable. Humidity swings can cause furniture coatings to deteriorate and become brittle. To maintain a stable RH, the use of a humidistat is recommended. It’ll adjust automatically as needed.
There’s no question as to how much we love our pets. However, the pets we love so dearly can be one of the hazards that can damage our furniture at home. Sometimes they love and enjoy our furniture so much that they damage it unknowingly and unintentionally.
Urine and Feces
Even the best-trained pets still experience “accidents” and don’t make it outside “in time.” Worse, most often, these “accidents” happen on one of our furniture pieces at home. The odors of urine and feces get buried deep in our furniture’s fabrics.
To prevent this from happening, use furniture covers and protectors. By doing so, the stain and odors won’t be absorbed in your furniture. It’ll stay on the cover.
If an “accident” already happened, act quickly. Blot up as much of the fluid as possible using an absorbent towel. After that, apply water directly to the area to dilute the liquid, then blot again. Lay a layered towel on the area to pull the diluted pee out.
Dander and Fur
Like us, our pets also release naturally-occurring oils from their bodies. When they lay on our furniture, these oils eventually get transferred on the surface. Pets also shed dander (dead skin and hair) and fur. These can also stick to furniture surfaces.
Regular upholstery cleaning may not be enough to keep pet dander and fur at bay. The use of washable pet cushions and blankets is also recommended.
Environmental factors and having pets around can cause potential damage to your furniture. But, with the above tips, you can prevent this potential damages from happening and enjoy using your furniture for an extended time.