Want Your Furniture To Look Brand New? Follow These 5 Tips

The only way to ensure your furniture last long is by taking good care of them

Mohini Mehrotra Updated: May 10, 2020 12:57:43 IST
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You can’t think of an aesthetic home décor without the right furniture. While you can make small changes in your interiors every now and then, it’s not every day that you change an expensive sofa set or that grand four-poster bed or the comfortable leather recliner because of wear and tear.

The best way to ensure your expensive furniture pieces look as good as new is by taking adequate care of them. Here are some simple tips to get you going.

Dust You Must

One of the best ways to keep your furniture clean is to dry dust it every day, even if you keep your doors and windows shut. Frequent dusting ensures there’s no airborne particle build-up on furniture, which can damage it. Use a soft material, such as an old T-shirt or a duster, to clean the big and small surfaces.

Make sure you dust the creases and corners where dust and germs can accumulate. If your wood furniture has grease marks, dip a soft cloth in a mix of water and mild detergent and gently wipe the surface. Make sure you clean it with a dry cloth later so that no moisture is left behind. There are wood polish sprays you can look out for.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Make sure your furniture is not placed in an area that gets direct sunlight. Over a period of time, the sunlight makes the wood brittle.

In case of over-exposure to moisture, the wood will start puffing up and decaying. If your furniture is placed next to the door or window, make it a point to draw your curtains and blinds during the day to avoid exposure to sun and rain. You can also use sofa covers as they not only keep the light out but also protect your furniture from stains.

Say No to Sharp Objects

Your pet’s sharp nails or the fork you left behind on the sofa can cause more damage than you know. Try and keep your pet off the furniture and avoid using sharp objects while sitting in your formal entertaining spaces. Once scratched or torn, your prized piece of furniture will never look the same again.

Be Wary of Bleach

If your furniture has oil stains, water marks, grease or food particles on it, don’t reach for a chemical-based all-purpose cleaner that you use for other surfaces as it will damage the polish and stain the fabric and wood. Instead, use a fabric cleaner for stains on your tapestry and rugs and a wood polish for your furniture.

Oil, Wax and Dry Clean

If you want your furniture to look shiny and new, oil and wax it at least twice a year (once in three months would be best). This also adds a coating on the surface, thereby protecting it from wear and tear. For fabric furniture, use a fabric conditioner or get it dry cleaned at least once a year (twice a year if you have pets at home). Use a leather polish to keep your leather furniture in fine shape.

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