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How To | Tips for Taking Care of Different Types of Furniture

Nothing feels as good as owning beautiful furniture. Furniture items can instantly transform interiors from dull to spectacular. When taken good care of, furniture can last a long time. However, when left neglected, it can get spoilt in a short matter of time. If you’re wondering how to maintain your furniture and prolong its lifespan, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Wood Furniture 

Furniture items made of wood must be dusted regularly a few times a week to help avoid soil build up and to keep the surfaces free of debris. When dusting, use a clean, lint-free, dry cloth. For general cleaning, wash the surface of the furniture with water and mild soap. Afterwards, rinse with water and dry the surface with a clean cloth.

Wooden furniture should be kept away from direct sunlight. If you have to place the furniture near windows, cover the windows with curtains or drapes to minimize sunlight as the strong rays of the sun can fade and dry the color. 

Marble

Wash your marble furniture items with a clean cloth and lukewarm water. To remove soil build, wash the furniture with a mild detergent twice a year. 

Wicker, Reed, and Cane 

Clean wicker, reed, and cane furniture using mild soap and lukewarm water or a vacuum with a brush attach. When cleaning with water, make sure you don’t wet the wooden parts of the furniture. After cleaning, use a dry cloth to absorb any excess moisture and to dry the surface. 

Leather 

When cleaning leather furniture, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Leather fabrics usually require specific conditioners to maintain their shine. If the furniture doesn’t come with instructions, clean it using a damp cloth and dry it with a clean cloth afterwards. 

Steel, Metal, Or Aluminum 

If you own furniture made of these materials, dust it regularly and wipe it occasionally using a soft, damp cloth. Wash tough dirt with hot, soapy water and rinse using a soft cloth. Avoid using strong detergents, abrasives, and cleansing powders on this type of furniture as some may contain alkali which causes pitting of the material. 

With these easy tips, you’ll be able to care for your furniture and make it last a long time.

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