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5 Key Tips to Care for Solid Wood Furniture

With the right care and attention, solid wood rustic furniture will last a lifetime and beyond. The question is, what do you need to do on a daily basis to ensure this impressive lifespan?

It’s tough, durable and ageless but solid wood furniture, stoic as it is, needs a little love and care, just like the rest of us. Use the following five tips to make sure your timber investments are looked after.

1. Deal with spills immediately

Let’s say you’ve invested in a beautiful live edge coffee table. You don’t want to be dealing with water marks the day after you’ve set it in place, so let’s start with a quick note about prevention always being better than cure. Coasters are solid wood furniture’s friends. Best friends in fact! Always use them and try to avoid spills where possible.

If the worst happens and you do get a spill, speed is the key. Soak up the bulk of a spill with paper towels, before moving to a soft but damp cloth and finally, buffing dry with a totally dry and buttery soft piece of fabric. You can see why we said prevention is better now, can’t you? 

2. Be careful with hot items

If you place a hot vessel on top of a piece of solid wood furniture you run the risk of either a stain or a scorch mark. Both can be incredibly tough to remove, but a fine gauge wire wool can help or if that sounds a little too scary, start with trying to disguise the mark with a color-matched wood crayon. 

We recommend using cork placemats when you know that a hot item needs to be placed on solid wood, as these are soft on the underside and will block direct heat transfer.

3. Dust as regularly as you can

The more love you give wood furniture the better it looks, so try to at least commit to a weekly dusting of all your items. Even the things you normally forget, like a master bed! Always use a soft polishing cloth to avoid leaving scratches and use a polish that you like the finish and smell of. Silicone-free versions seem to react less with existing wax finishes, so are proving popular, though beeswax versions have always produced beautiful results. 

4. Consider placement from the start

Being a natural material, wood is prone to temperature change effects, either swelling or contracting throughout the year. You can try to counter this as much as possible by thinking about where you are going to position pieces. Avoid direct sunlight where possible, as well as heat sources such as wood burners and when it comes to bathrooms, make sure that your furniture has been designed and made with humid conditions in mind. Not all vanity units and linen closets are!

5. Treat any damage

Accidents happen but negligence is inexcusable! If you notice a bad scratch, a chip or a gouge in any of your pieces, treat the damage as soon as you can. Appropriate fillers and liquid polishes are great for this, but if in doubt, get back in touch with your manufacturer. If they have a good customer service ethos, they should be only too happy to give you some advice.

A little care for a lifetime of functional beauty. That sounds like a fair exchange to us and hopefully you feel the same!