Preserving Your Furniture

Whether you buy furniture new or used, it is certainly a financial investment. And when you spend your time, energy, and hard earned money on decorating your home, you want to make sure that it is worth it and that the pieces you purchase will last.  Unfortunately, many people have found out the hard way that you get what you pay for.

But no matter how much money you are willing to dedicate toward home furnishing, there are simple ways to maximize the life span of your furniture. The following techniques will not only make your furniture shine, but will ensure years of enjoyment by you and your entire family.

Avoid Heat and Light

Although you may be envisioning the perfect spot for reading a book in the sunlight on your new lounger, remember that your new purchase may not enjoy the sunny spot as much as you do. Too much sunlight can lead to fading, and certain fabrics are more prone to fade than others.  Make sure that the furniture is positioned in way that avoids full time sun, or invest in curtains or a cover.  Fireplaces and heating devices can also be detrimental to your furniture.  Besides the flammable nature of your products, heat can also lead to cracking and melting.

Do Not Store in Damp Places

Sometimes we have to tuck our favorite furniture pieces away temporarily. Whether you are in between moves, redecorating, or just trying something new, make sure to pick an optimal storage area for your furniture.  Places like basements and attics can be damp, leading to mold, mildew, or smells.  Dust and animals can also be the enemy in these hidden spots. If your furniture must reside in an out of sight location, make sure it is adequately covered with a protective layer of cloth or plastic.

Clean Safely

It is best to clean your furniture often, but using the wrong cleaning techniques or solutions can severely damage your beloved pieces. Evaluate what type of fabrics or materials your furniture is made of and research how best to care for it.  Wood furniture can require special needs when it comes to dusting.  Use a cloth that won’t scratch the surface.  Wax and polish can increase shine but make sure you don’t use both products or you could end up with a mess.  For upholstered furniture, vacuum often to avoid buildup of dust and dirt.  Pay close attention to edges and arms that may experience more wear and tear than other areas.  Periodically flip or rotate cushions to avoid indentations.

Most furniture is made to be used, and the more it is used, the quicker it can deteriorate. Much like a new car, as soon as it enters your home the value decreases.  Yet, quality furniture is made to withstand the daily abuse it endures.  Taking preventative action can increase the life of your furniture.  And once you start to see the age showing through, you can rest assured that it is because it has been well loved and cared for.