Wood Accent Maintenance Tips

From that rustic barn-accented table to that vintage dresser that’s your prized antique find – you put a lot of time and money into finding the perfect pieces to bring character and style to your Ottawa condo. So it’s important to take care of them – especially when it involves wooden materials. When it comes to solid wood, in order to get the most out of it, you need to perform some frequent tasks in order to maintain it and keep it from warping or cracking. Here’s what to do:

Dust Everyday

Dust may seem harmless, but to your wooden furniture it’s can be its nemesis. Dust can work its way into those crevices, dry out the surface, and even cause scratches. So pick a day once a week to give it a quick dusting.

Use the Right Cleaning Product

Depending on the type of wood and finish you have, it’s important to use a cleaning product that’s designed for that particular surface. Don’t just use your regular run-of-the-mill product. Go to your local home décor supply store and look for one that will match your wooden surface. Ask for assistance if you’re unsure.

Protect the Surface

When you have guests or family over, get them in the habit of always using a coaster or mat for their drinks or plates. These are the most common items that can deface your precious furniture and leave scratches all over it in no time. So be prepared and always have a set of coasters in sight.

Keep Out of Direct Sunlight

Just like any painting, you should try to keep your wooden accents out of direct sunlight. Over time the sun can cause exposed areas to fade quite significantly. If relocating a piece isn’t practical, try to use curtains that can block out or filter those rays from beaming in.

Stay on Top of Humidity

You know those days when it’s so humid out you just have to stick your head in the freezer to cool off – think of your wood! It suffers too. Humidity – just like dust – is also an enemy to any wooden features. It can easily cause it to warp and buckle. So try to always keep the humidity in your home between 40 and 45 percent. You can use a dehumidifier to help.

Your wooden furniture has to endure a lot each and everyday – from those water marks, and spills, to dust and humidity. These simple things can wreak havoc on your furniture. Just follow these simple maintenance tips to avoid excessive wear and tear and get the most out of them.

The Qualicum Woods Crossing team is proud to provide expert advice about Ottawa condo living. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 613-693-0808.

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