Furniture made of real, genuine wood is often preferred because of its exceptional quality and timeless style. Whether it's beech, ash, oak, mahogany, pine or walnut, wooden furniture offers a unique appearance that's not found elsewhere. But if you're planning to use wooden furniture in your home's decor, there are a few essential do's and don'ts you should follow.
Do Choose High-Quality Wooden Furniture
First and foremost, make sure you choose high-quality wooden furniture. Not all wooden furniture is made using the same quality materials or craftsmanship. If a piece is poorly made, it's more likely to crack, warp or experience other forms of damage.
Don't Place Drinks On It
I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it's still worth mentioning that drinks can damage wooden furniture when placed directly on it. If you place a drink on a coffee table or dresser, for instance, the condensation may seep into its pores, causing moisture damage. Problems such as this are easily avoided, however, by using coasters -- or placing your drinks elsewhere.
Do Monitor Humidity Levels
What's the humidity level in your home? When using wooden furniture, you'll need to answer this question. Regardless of the type of wood, all wooden furniture will absorb moisture from the air. And if the air contains too much moisture -- the humidity is high -- the furniture may swell to the point of it warping. Monitor the humidity levels in your home, striving for 40% to 50% relative humidity.
Don't Clean with Bleach
While bleach is great for disinfecting and killing germs, it shouldn't be used on wooden furniture. Chlorine bleach has a tendency to fade the natural color of wood. The good news is that it typically won't cause any structural damage to wooden furniture. The bad news, however, is that it's likely to fade the furniture's natural color. Unless you want a lighter tone, avoid using bleach on your wooden furniture.
Do Dust Regularly
Perhaps the easiest way to keep your wooden furniture clean is to dust it regularly. Using a feather duster, clean the surface of your wooden furniture at least once a week to preserve its appearance and integrity.
Don't Use Harsh Chemicals
Finally, avoid using products containing harsh chemicals on your wooden furniture. Cleaning sprays, polishes and other products often contain harsh chemicals, including bleach. If you're looking for a safe and effective cleaning solution, try diluted vinegar instead.