Wood is probably the most commonly used material in the making of home office furniture. Learning to care for wood will help you to save on buying replacement furniture. Let's take a look at the basics.
- Dust weekly with a microfiber cloth or lightly dampen lint-free cloth (a soft, old cotton t-shirt will work fine), as dust buildup can scratch the wood's finish. Dry the surfaces thoroughly after dusting. Do not use dust polish that contains silicone, as it can soak into the grain of the wood and damage it.
- Wood can be damaged by liquids, so if you spill anything on it, be sure to wipe it dry immediately. If you need to remove any stains, use mild soap and warm water.
- If you have watermark rings visible on your tabletop from wet glasses, chances are it's in the wax, not the wood. Rub the marks with mayonnaise to get them out.
- Don't place your wooden furniture next to any heat source or warm appliance. The temperature swing could warp or split the wood.
- Avoid leaving anything on the table surface if it is constantly exposed to sunlight. This will help to prevent uneven discolouration if the exposed surface gets lightened by the sun.
- Maintain the shine of the wood by polishing with a hard, carnauba wax and soft, lint-free cloths about twice a year. Do not polish with a silicone product.