Apart from the wooden structural elements of our homes that keep the roofs over our heads, wooden floors and furniture add a special something to our homes. The warm finishes, beautiful grain, and pure nostalgia of wood make it an attractive choice for homes ranging in style from cottage chic to regal and majestic.
From structures to sideboards, we look at ways to protect and care for wood in the home. A few simple routines will ensure that wood has a longer useful lifespan and allows us to enhance the beauty of wood.
Dunwoody pest controllers advise keeping untreated wood out of the yard, sealing up chinks, and ensuring termite barriers are intact to protect the wooden structural elements of our homes. We should also be alert to signs of roof leaks and ensure that wood is sealed and protected with appropriate coatings. From time to time, inspections can be carried out to look for signs of trouble and address their causes before damp or wood-boring insect pests can cause extensive (and costly) damage.
To begin with, regular dusting with a soft cloth or feather duster keeps wood looking fresh and clean. But, what few people know is that direct sunlight can fade finishes and cause “spotting.” If the sun streams through your windows, keep wooden furniture away from its rays or use a covering to protect the wood.
Oiling feeds the wood, preventing it from drying out, and waxing creates a protective layer. Three-monthly oiling and waxing will work wonders for keeping your wooden furniture in good condition and enhances the beautiful luster of the wood.
If your wooden furniture needs a wipe down, use warm water without harsh cleaning agents and dry up all the excess with a paper towel afterward. Very hot or cold items and sharp objects should not rest directly on wooden surfaces. Invest in placemats, coasters, and trivets to protect the wood.
Wooden floors inevitably scratch and scuff over time, but you can delay this by using furniture pads and encouraging household members to dispense with shoes at the door. Despite your best efforts, however, they will likely need sanding and refinishing every five years or so.
Meanwhile, avoid using microfiber cloths and mops since they are surprisingly abrasive. Ensure that any spills are cleaned up immediately to prevent the wood from absorbing it in spots where the coating has been compromised. Clean wooden floors using a soft broom, a string mop, and vacuum at least weekly to pick up any little particles that may have become lodged between floorboards. Never use harsh chemicals or soaps. Instead, look for products specifying that they are made for use on wooden floors.
Wood: Always A Decor Favorite
Wooden furnishings and floors are old favorites. Apart from their great looks, they’re surprisingly low-maintenance and easy to clean. When they start to look tired, it’s easy to refinish wood, but a little care can ensure that you need to do so less frequently.
As for wooden structural elements, they’re often invisible but of vital importance. Annual inspections will tell you whether anything needs to be done to keep them in shape. All in all, wood will always be important to us, either in building our homes or furnishing them – and a little care goes a long way.