Furniture Care & Maintenance

Furniture Care & Maintenance

Welcome to Woods Mercantile’s Furniture Care & Maintenance Guide. Here, you’ll find helpful tips to keep your furniture pieces looking their best for years to come. Whether you’ve invested in a stunning solid wood dining table or a modernl upholstered armchair, proper care ensures its beauty and functionality for generations.

General Care Tips:

  • Dusting: Regularly dust your furniture with a soft, lint-free cloth. This removes dust particles that can scratch the finish over time.
  • Location: Keep your furniture away from direct sunlight and heat sources like radiators or fireplaces. Excessive heat can cause warping, fading, and drying of the wood.
  • Coasters & Placemats: Always use coasters and placemats under beverages, hot plates, or dishes. This prevents heat damage, water rings, and stains on the surface.
  • Vacuuming: For upholstered furniture, vacuum regularly using the upholstery attachment. This removes dust, dirt, and allergens that can settle in the fabric.

Specific Care by Material:

  • Wood: Use a damp (not wet) microfiber cloth for light cleaning. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the finish. For deeper cleaning, consider a wood polish specifically formulated for your furniture type (e.g., unfinished, oiled, lacquered). Always test any cleaning product on an inconspicuous area first.
  • Leather: Invest in a good quality leather conditioner to maintain suppleness and prevent cracking. Apply conditioner every 3-6 months following the manufacturer's instructions. For spills, blot up any liquids immediately with a clean, absorbent cloth. Don't rub, as this can spread the stain.
  • Fabric: Check the care label on your upholstered furniture for specific cleaning instructions. Many fabrics can be spot-cleaned with a mild upholstery cleaner and water. For deep cleaning, professional upholstery cleaning may be necessary.

Preventing Everyday Wear & Tear:

  • Furniture Placement: Avoid placing furniture in high-traffic areas where it's susceptible to bumps and scratches.
  • Cushion Rotation: Regularly rotate and flip cushions on upholstered furniture to distribute wear evenly.
  • Pet Care: Keep pets' claws trimmed to minimize snags on fabric furniture. Consider furniture covers for areas prone to pet hair or scratching.

Additional Tips:

  • Vacuum under furniture: This removes dust and allergens that can accumulate over time.
  • Address spills immediately: Blot up spills promptly to prevent them from setting into the furniture.
  • Professional cleaning: For heavily soiled furniture or deep cleaning needs, consider professional cleaning services.

By following these simple care and maintenance tips, you can ensure your furniture from Woods Mercantile brings beauty and comfort to your home for generations to come. If you have any questions about caring for a specific piece of furniture, feel free to contact our knowledgeable staff at Woods Mercantile. We're happy to help!