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Simple Ways to Preserve the Lifespan of Solid Wood Furniture

Solid wood rustic furniture can require a significant up front financial investment, especially if you are buying a lot of it, which is why it’s in your best interest to learn how best to take care of it. When looked after properly, real wood pieces can last a lifetime, evolving with time to be a showcase of your history and experiences (and will save you money in the long term). We love the romance involved with owning solid wood rustic furniture and encourage you to read on and find out how you can make your treasured items last forever.

Coasters are not optional

We cannot stress enough how important it is to use coasters. Any drink, hot or cold, can leave a mark on your solid wood furniture, as well as helping moisture ingress. If you don’t want to ruin your perfectly curated rustic aesthetic, why not choose some wooden coasters that blend in with your furniture, so that you can protect while you maintain your look.

Ask your maker for advice

Any reputable log furniture maker should be delighted to advise you how best to look after your item. We recommend asking about this before you commit to a purchase, because if you encounter resistance, you might find that any warranty claims will also be a struggle. Here at Log Furniture Place, we are always delighted to help our customers to look after their investments and are happy to talk about how we finish items and what cleaning products can be used with our topcoats.

Decide whether to repair or retain 

Scratches, marks and nicks happen, especially when you own something for a long amount of time, so make sure you have a plan. Will you keep the marks and see them as a natural evolution that’s occurred through use and time or will you want to repair them and try to maintain the original visage? Be aware that repairs might not always restore something to its full glory, but even the most annoying and avoidable scratches can become loved, over time, because of the story behind them.  With rustic furniture scratches, nicks and marks can add to the look of the piece also.

Be consistent

The key to maintaining is to be consistent, so have ground rules in place for use and commit to a regular schedule of cleaning/oiling is appropriate. This is where coasters and placemats will come in, as well as strict guidelines for things like candles and oil diffusers.

Don’t DIY if you’re not confident

If you’re not confident carrying out a repair or some maintenance, leave it to an expert. It will cost you less to have them do it initially, rather than fixing your mistake and then carrying out the original task, plus they should offer a warranty for their work as well. Even something as simple as using the wrong grade of sandpaper on a rustic dining table top could have a devastating effect on a beautiful item, so when in doubt, call the professionals out!

Solid wood furniture is stoic, sturdy and made to be used and loved, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let it get tattered or neglected. Some simple care duties will keep it in tip top condition and let you reap the rewards of a one-in-a-lifetime purchase.

Restore Your Rustic Furniture with our Restore Video

Find it here: https://youtu.be/Omdh0tBCqfU