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Tips for Maintaining and Caring for Hardwood Furniture

Amish furniture is a beautiful and timeless addition to any home. With its solid wood construction and simple design, it can easily blend with almost any decor style. When investing in your home’s furniture, it is essential to keep it looking nice. Solid wood furniture does require some maintenance to maintain its freshness. There are many ways to keep hardwood furniture looking good for years to come. Here are some tips to help you maintain and care for your Amish furniture.

How to Clean Amish Hardwood Furniture

One of the most important ways to care for your Amish furniture is to ensure it stays clean. This does not mean you have to clean it deeply every single day. A weekly or bi-weekly dusting is essential to protect your wood furniture from any airborne particles that collect on it. Though hardly visible to the naked eye, these particles can cause scratches on the surface and damage your furniture. Always use a cotton or microfiber duster to avoid damaging the wood.

For more thorough cleaning, use a soft rag with water and mild dish detergent. After wiping the mixture over the furniture, follow up with a rag rinsed in water and then quickly finish by wiping the furniture dry. Never use all-purpose cleaners on Amish furniture, as this can severely damage the finish and wood quality.

How to Protect Amish Furniture

There are a variety of factors that can affect the properties of solid wood furniture. From temperature to humidity to wear and tear, there are many things you can protect your furniture against.

Heat and Water Damage

Always use coasters, potholders, and trivets when putting food or drinks on your wood furniture. Without these protective items, the heat or condensation on the food and drink containers can cause permanent heat and water damage to your furniture. On a kitchen table, like this Olde Century Mission Kitchen Table, be sure to use a tablecloth or placemats to prevent damage from spills.

Environmental Damage

Since weather changes and humidity can cause significant changes in the quality of your wooden furniture, it is important to avoid putting your Amish furniture outdoors unless it is specifically made to be outside, like this Fan-Back Balcony Glider. This also means avoiding solid wood furniture near uncovered windows and fireplaces.

Normal Wear and Tear

While some damage is inevitable, other scratches and stains can be prevented. For example, keeping your feet off of your wooden furniture can prevent some scratches and wear. Additionally, avoid allowing your pets to walk or sit on your furniture.

Add Protection

Using a wood polish or spray can offer your Amish furniture an additional layer of protection from unnecessary wear and tear. Use these polishes sparingly, as they can build up and dull the appearance of the wood finish.

How to Refresh Hardwood Furniture

No matter how well you clean and protect your furniture, wood naturally weathers with time. Luckily, there are several ways you can refresh your Amish furniture and make it look brand new. First, if your wood furniture has sustained any nicks or scratches, you can use a wood polish or pen to hide these minor imperfections. If your furniture has been in storage or sitting out for a long time, it may need to be re-oiled and re-finished. These two steps will bring your Amish furniture back to life.

Even though it requires some maintenance, Amish furniture is high-quality and timeless. Shop for your furniture needs at E-Amish Furniture! With a wide selection of heirloom-quality Amish furniture, you can order what you want and deliver it to your front door!

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