Wood is a living material. It’s sensitive to temperature and humidity variations. It reacts to the changes in the air around it by dilating or contracting. Ultimately, this slight natural movement may cause some fissures to appear. How can you preserve the beauty of solid wooden furniture? Here are our best recommendations.
- Try to keep humidity stable in your home. Aim to keep it roughly at 45% in summer and 30% in winter.
- Keep your furniture away from heat sources, such as fireplaces and ventilation.
- Protect your furniture from direct exposure to sunlight in order to avoid wood discoloration.
- Avoid placing hot or moist objects on your furniture. That could turn it whitish. Use heat-resistant mats.
- In the long run, accessories such as bowls, mats or lamps can make wood lose its color. Remove them once in a while.
- Don’t use any commercial cleaning products. That could ultimately stain wood.
- Dust your furniture with a clean, soft, non-fluffy cloth, following the direction of the wood grain.
- Use a dry or moist cloth, not a wet one. Wood can’t bear water.
- Immediately wipe away all spilled liquid.
- Saya Loft recommends cleaning your furniture on a weekly basis.