How to Look After your Wooden Furniture

by | Jan 2, 2023

Imagine you’ve just noticed a nasty white ring on your prized family heirloom coffee table. How do you feel? Horrified, alarmed, upset, dismayed, panicked?

Don’t be distressed! There are many ways in which you can treat wooden furniture to restore it back to its former glory.

In this article, we answer the most popular questions we get from our customers about keeping their wooden furniture in pristine condition.

  1. What’s the best way to keep my wooden furniture looking good?

The best way to maintain any wooden furniture is to keep it away from sunlight. Probably the most important thing you can do to protect your furniture and keep it looking good.

Direct sunlight is no friend of wooden furniture as it will eventually dry it out, causing it to split and crack. The sun’s rays will also bleach the colour right out of your furniture, making it look and feel old and unloved.

Equally, your furniture doesn’t like being placed in front of air vents and heat sources, as these both have a detrimental effect on your wood over time.

  1. What’s the best product to clean my wooden furniture?

When it comes to maintaining your wooden furniture, we would suggest that ‘less is more’. Less in terms of products, including waxes and polishes. Too much product tends to sit on top of the wood and combines with dust and dirt, leaving a sticky residue that will eventually scratch your furniture.

The best way is to dust your wooden furniture regularly to prevent a build-up of airborne particles on the surface which will scratch it too.

Use a soft cotton cloth (an old T-shirt is ideal) or a microfibre cloth. Lambswool dusters are also good, particularly when dusting intricate areas.

Clean your wooden furniture with a simple bowl of warm water and a mild dishwash detergent. Use a damp cloth only – not a soaking one and be sure to thoroughly rinse your furniture afterwards. Water isn’t an enemy to wooden furniture as long as you dry it thoroughly after cleaning.

  1. What’s the best product to protect my wooden furniture?

Most protection products contain petroleum distillates or silicon oil – both of which are good protection agents. However, we do recommend that you use them sparingly because too much oil or wax will sit on the surface, combine with dust and dirt and will eventually make your furniture look dull and sticky.

It’s a good idea to use just a little and buff your wooden furniture with a soft cloth to restore its shine and lustre.

  1. How do I remove a white glass stain from my wooden furniture?

If you’ve noticed a glass stain on your wooden furniture, don’t despair! Wine glass stains usually occur when the bottom of the glass was wet when placed on the surface.

An effective way to remove these stains is to mix equal measures of toothpaste and baking soda and gently rub the mixture over the stain. Leave it for a couple of minutes and then wash off with a moist, soft cloth.

By far the best protection against wine glass stains is to use coasters and we would thoroughly recommend them as a key component in protecting your wooden furniture.

  1. My wooden furniture looks dry and lack lustre.

Occasionally, you’ll see your sideboard, coffee table or dining table looking a bit dry and sad. The best way to bring it back to life is to reoil it and get some moisture back into the cell structure.

You’ll need to clean it thoroughly first though, because you don’t want to be pushing dirt and dust into the wood interior. As mentioned earlier, less is more when using wood oil.

The best way to re-oil your wooden furniture is to do it slowly and gradually over a couple of weeks. Apply a little oil often in order for it to thoroughly absorb into the grain of the wood before applying more.

  1. My old wooden furniture smells. What can I do?

Very often, old wooden furniture can give off a musty odour, especially when it’s been shut up in a closed space. Our advice would be to sprinkle some baking soda on the surfaces and inside the cabinet. Leave the baking soda for about 10 minutes and it will absorb the odours from the wood.

Equally, you could put a bowl of charcoal in the cabinet itself and leave it for a while. Charcoal will also absorb the odours from your old wooden furniture.

  1. How do I get rid of dark spots on my wooden furniture?

If you’ve got dark stains showing on your wooden furniture, the best way to get rid of them is to blot them with vinegar. Leave the vinegar to soak in for a couple of minutes and then gently remove with a warm, moist cloth.

  1. My kids have scribbled on my furniture with crayons. What can I do?

We all know that mishaps occur when we least expect them, but if your kids have managed to deface your prized dining table, then help is at hand! As crazy as it seems, a fridge favourite is your best friend when it comes to crayon marks! Believe it or not, if you cover the crayon mark with mayonnaise and leave it for 2-3 minutes, you’ll be able to wipe them away easily without scratching your wooden surface.

  1. How do I get rid of scratches on my wooden furniture?

There are various ways that you can touch up inevitable wear and tear on your wooden furniture. One of the most effective ways is to buy a specialist liquid product that will hide the abrasion or scratch.

However, if the damage is too great to mask, then you can consider painting it to give it a new lease of life. If you’re thinking of doing this, then you’ll need to clean it thoroughly first, give it a light sanding and prime it well before painting.

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