Ensure your Furniture Lives a Long Life
Caring for your new wood furniture is really pretty easy. Dust when dusty. Clean when dirty. Polish as needed. Protect from excess heat and sunlight.
For dusting, always use a clean, dry cloth or a specially treated dust cloth made for furniture. Sticky spots may require swipes with a cloth slightly dampened with soap and water. Be sure to dry the surface. Want more shine? Use a quality paste or liquid wax or spray intended for wood furniture. Read and follow the directions carefully. Protect from moisture and hot plates or pots. Never place wood furniture near a heat source or in prolonged, direct sunlight. Cracking, warping, and fading will happen. You won’t like it. We promise.
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Cleaning Wood Furniture
Frequent dusting of furniture is a must. Please use clean, dry, soft cloths that are slightly dampened or treated to grab the dust and remove it. We recommend Guardsman® cleaning cloths that are specially formulated for use on quality furniture. Feather dusters are fun to use but they tend stir up a cloud of particles that float back to the surface. We don’t like double work and you probably don’t either.
Never ever use all-purpose cleaning sprays or products intended for surfaces other than finished wood. Wood and water don’t play well together. Never wet your Somerton Dwelling furniture. Here’s what you can do: Wet a clean, soft cloth with a solution of water and mild soap intended for furniture. Wring it out until it’s damp. Clean the surface, working with the grain of the wood, and then dry it right away.
There are lots of products on the market that include oil, silicone or petroleum ingredients. Our furniture is produced with a durable, long lasting finish that does not need these extra layers protection. To avoid smeary, slippery surfaces that build up an opaque film and attract dust (and require more work), avoid these products.
If you do need to refresh the sheen on wood finishes, try a good quality non-silicone spray polish made specifically for furniture. Follow the directions. Generally, “less is more” with these sprays.
Furniture Friendly Environments
Wood is a natural product and contains moisture. When you place it bright light or high temperatures, it dries out and it will split and crack. Keep the humidity in your home at normal levels to ensure your furniture (and all who dwell there) stays healthy. This means don’t place furniture near heat or air ducts, woods stoves, radiators or fireplaces. Anything you want to keep in good condition should never be stored in attics or basements unless those spaces are temperature and humidity controlled. A sunny window is usually a good thing. But not for furniture that is exposed day-in-and-day-out to direct sunlight. Wood will warp and fabrics will fade. Change the placement of furniture or add a filter to the window with shutters, sheers or protective window tint.
Keep it Safe
Life happens. So do accidents and wear-and-tear. Don’t slide decorative accessories on wood surfaces. Even though our finishes are durable and made to last, sharp edges of baskets, vases, picture frames and other decor can scuff and scar the surface. Moisture from glasses will leave rings unless you remember to always use a coaster with a non-marring bottom. Never, ever set hot serving dishes or pots on wood surfaces. Even dinner plates of hot food should be placed on placemats (yes, that’s where the name originated) or tablecloths. Heat will cloud the sheen on many furniture finishes. It’s not easy to fix this, if at all. There are some fun and trendy tabletop linens and accents such as trivets and moisture-absorbing coasters. Go shopping. Complete the table setting and express your personal style while taking care of your furniture investment.
Taking Care of Upholstered Furniture
Although it’s not as obvious as on wood surfaces, dust also accumulates on fabric. Use the upholstery tool and vacuum upholstered furniture as often as you dust. Use the crevice tool to clean hard to reach areas. Natural body oils can transfer to upholstered headboards. Prop up to read or watch TV, but first place a washable pillow between the bed surface and your skin. Spills should be taken care of immediately. Using a damp, white cloth blot until the surface is clean. If you need a commercial fabric cleaner, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions that include doing a spot test in an inconspicuous area for fading or color bleed or other negative reactions.
Many textiles are treated by the fabric mill or the retailer prior to your purchase. If you want to apply fabric protection yourself, read the product instructions and observe safety procedures carefully. Some at-home protective sprays are difficult to apply and the use of after-purchase treatments will void any applicable warranty. If in doubt, ask your retailer for help. They will know what is best.
Got a bigger problem than you can easily solve?
Don’t make it worse by veering from our furniture care advice. Experimenting with other cleaning processes or trying to attempt repairs on your own might result in irreversible damage. Ask your Somerton Dwelling retailer for assistance. They have many resources that can help take care of the issue. Live the life you love…for as long as you love your furniture.
Live the life you love...
for as long as you love your furniture.