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Caring for Your Wood Furniture

Real wood furniture can add a touch of elegance and warmth to any home, but it requires proper care to maintain its beauty and durability. Whether you have a solid wood dining table, a vintage dresser, or a set of chairs made from natural wood, following a few basic guidelines can help keep your furniture looking its best for years to come.

Maintaining regular cleanings

Dusting and cleaning are essential to prevent the buildup of dirt and grime on your wood furniture. Use a soft cloth or duster to remove dust and debris from the surface, and avoid using harsh chemicals that can damage the wood. For tougher stains or spills, use a damp cloth with mild soap and water, and dry immediately with a clean cloth.

Protect from heat and moisture

Exposure to extreme heat or moisture can cause wood furniture to warp, crack, or discolor. Keep your furniture away from radiators, direct sunlight, and humid environments, and use coasters, placemats, and trivets to protect surfaces from hot dishes, drinks, and spills. If you live in a particularly humid area, consider using a dehumidifier to help control the moisture levels in your home.

Maintain proper humidity

Levels Wood furniture is sensitive to changes in humidity, which can cause the wood to expand or contract. Ideally, you should maintain a relative humidity level of between 30 and 50 percent in your home, using a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed. Avoid placing your furniture near air conditioning vents or heaters, which can cause rapid changes in temperature and humidity.

Polish and wax regularly

Polishing and waxing your wood furniture can help restore its natural shine and protect it from scratches and wear. Use a high-quality furniture polish or wax, and apply it with a soft cloth, following the manufacturer's instructions. Be sure to buff the surface thoroughly with a clean cloth to remove any excess wax or polish.

Handle with care

Be gentle when handling your wood furniture to avoid causing any damage. Lift and move pieces carefully, and avoid dragging them across the floor or bumping them against walls or other objects. Use furniture pads or felt protectors on the legs and feet of your furniture to prevent scratches and damage to your floors.


By following these simple guidelines, you can help preserve the beauty and durability of your wood furniture for years to come. With a little care and attention, your furniture can continue to provide you with comfort, style, and functionality for many years to come.


For one-of-a-kind custom wood furniture pieces, call Renaissance Reclaimed today at 256.916.2121. We are master craftsmen with decades of experience in bringing our clients’ vision to life. Providing a range of creative designs and products for your home and business is our specialty, and we are proud to offer our unique skill set as an asset to the Decatur, Alabama and beyond.


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