Caring for your new furniture: Tips and Tricks
Congratulations on your new furniture! We know you want it to last a long time, so here are some tips and tricks to help you take care of it and keep it looking like new.
Solid wood furniture is durable and beautiful, but it needs to be taken care of to keep it looking great. Here are some tips:
1. Dust your wood furniture frequently with a clean, dry, and soft cloth to prevent the buildup of dust and dirt.
2. Use coasters or placemats to avoid scratches or watermarks from glasses, cups, and plates.
3. Avoid exposing your wood furniture to direct sunlight or heat sources, which can damage the finish and cause fading.
4. Avoid using harsh chemicals, abrasive sponges, or steel wool when cleaning the furniture, as it can cause scratches, damage the finish, and discolor the wood.
5. Polish your wood furniture occasionally with a polish designed for solid wood furniture. This can help protect and maintain the natural luster of the wood.
Upholstered furniture adds comfort and style to your home, but it requires regular care to keep it looking its best. Here are some tips:
1. Vacuum your upholstered furniture weekly or as needed to remove dust and dirt that can damage the fabric over time.
2. Keep your upholstered furniture away from direct sunlight and heat sources to prevent fading, discoloration, or shrinkage
3. Blot any spills or stains immediately with a clean, absorbent cloth or paper towel, working from the outside of the stain towards the center to prevent spreading.
4. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the cleaning tag to determine the best way to clean your specific fabric, and use mild soap and warm water to spot-clean.
5. Use upholstery protectant or fabric spray to help repel stains and spills.
A good quality mattress lasts for many years, but it needs to be taken care of to maintain its shape and comfort. Here are some tips:
1. Rotate your mattress (and flip, if possible) every 3 to 6 months to prevent sagging and prolong its lifespan.
2. Use a mattress protector to protect the mattress from spills, stains, and dust mites, and wash it regularly.
3. Vacuum your mattress occasionally to remove any dust or debris that may have accumulated.
4. Avoid jumping, standing, or prolonged sitting on the mattress, which can cause damage to the springs or foam.
5. Replace your mattress every 10 years - or sooner if it becomes lumpy, saggy, or uncomfortable.
Outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements, so it needs a little extra care to keep it looking great. Here are some tips:
1. Clean your outdoor furniture regularly with warm, soapy water and a soft-bristled brush, rinsing well and wiping dry to prevent water stains.
2. Store your outdoor furniture indoors during harsh weather conditions or use a waterproof cover to protect it from the elements.
3. For wood furniture, routinely apply a coating of sealant to your outdoor furniture to help protect it from UV rays and moisture damage.
4. Clean and oil any moving metal parts regularly to prevent rust or corrosion.
5. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or bleach on your outdoor furniture, which can cause damage or discoloration.