Buying furniture is no small venture. Chances are you took the time to look over your budget, your space, your preferences, and your home life before you made the decision to purchase that new living room set or dining table. And when you got it home, you felt like you wanted to throw plastic over it to keep it looking new for as long as possible. No worries. Check out some of our easy tips to take care of your furniture so it can look and feel great longer!
- Avoid heat and light because wood contains a surprising amount of moisture that needs to be preserved in order to keep the colour and texture on point. This means positioning wooden furniture as far away direct sunlight, which can fade it. If that’s inevitable, use curtains to guard against the sun's rays.
- Always be on the lookout for what is on your exposed wooden furniture. For example, for a wooden table, make sure to have cork or felt-bottomed coasters to avoid watermarks or rings that can appear from cold or hot drinks (like that morning cup of coffee).
- Clean safely and dust frequently. Wood is prone to collecting dirt and grease and can slowly lose its sheen due to wear or loss of polish. It can also be easily stained. Mix a solution of oil soap and water or use a wood polish as instructed on the package and gently stroke the furniture using a moist natural sponge. Never spray wood directly, as overspray can leave a difficult-to-remove film. Follow the grain of the wood as you dust to avoid cross-grain scratches.
- Dust and remove dirt frequently from upholstered furniture by vacuuming it weekly. Be sure to life the cushions and get into all the crevices where excess dust and crumbs tend to gather.
- Remember to flip, swap and rearrange. Everyone’s got that special spot on the couch that’s gradually created a little sink in the cushion just for them. Flip loose cushions regularly, and rotate them if you can. This helps to distribute wear more evenly.
- Invest in washable slipcovers, especially in the Caribbean. They help to protect the fabric from sweat and other heat related elements.
- Leather is very sensitive to heat and light and can fall victim to sun damage very easily. If you can, position any leather pieces away from windows or heat sources.
- If you have uncoated leather furniture, it should be dusted frequently. If you have coated leather furniture, you can dust or vacuum regularly to remove surface soil and use a cleaner. You can check with the manufacturer to see what they use in store for best results.
- Stay away from oil, furniture polish, dusting sprays or ordinary stain removers on leather furniture because these will harm the material as these products can change the colour or appearance of the leather.