It doesn’t matter how careful you are with your furniture, there are always going to be accidents that take place. The best thing for you to do is to take good care of your furniture and maintain it as much as possible. After all, prevention is the best treatment!

There are so many different ways in which you can do so. Here’s a selection of key things to keep in mind to ensure that your pieces are as protected and looked after as possible.

How to Care for and Maintain Different Types of Furniture

How to Care for and Maintain Different Types of Furniture

Avoid Damage

There are many different ways to prevent damage. It’s often the daily activities that you need to be conscious of. One thing to avoid is positioning your furniture in direct sunlight. Sunlight can potentially be a big problem because the heat and light can warp, discolor or melt certain materials and finishes.

If you have no choice but to position your furniture in a brightly sunlit area, consider covering it with a throw for the hottest periods of the day. This will help keep those rays off the surface. Always protect your furniture from items of a certain temperature. For example, frozen foods or hot drinks. These items are all very likely to cause damage to your furniture if they spill or sit on the surface for too long.

Another tip is to use a notepad when writing something down, instead of writing on a thin piece of paper that could transfer onto the surface. Also, avoid leaving keys or sharp items on pieces since this could result in scratches (which are much harder to remove).

Types of Care

The type of care that you need for your furniture is dependent on the materials. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you know exactly what you need before you start. There are a number of different care products such as waxes, polishes, varnishes and silicone cleaners. There’re also specific fabric cleaners that are designed to work on certain materials only.

Make sure you read the labels thoroughly before applying any to your furniture pieces. Silicone cleaner and wax are the best products for creating that high shine look. Varnishes and polishes are best for protecting the materials and creating a durable layer all over the piece. You can also use products such as detergents and washing liquid to remove soft stains from fabrics.

Maintaining Quality

You need to keep on top of the maintenance of your furniture throughout the time it’s in your home. It’s important to remember to do it frequently. Many people give their furniture a good clean once every few months. This is good, but you should try to give them a delicate cleaning at least once a month, or even bi-weekly.

Your furniture experiences a lot throughout the day – from constant use to gathering dust, and exposure to light. Therefore, it’s important to freshen up the fabrics or wipe down the wooden surfaces to ensure they are clean and unaffected. You may find that when you’re cleaning, you notice a new mark or some fading. This would then prompt you to take further action and protect your furniture even more!

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.