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The Best Ways To Preserve Your Home Furniture

The Best Ways To Preserve Your Home Furniture

When you add a stunning wooden table or a soft, plush couch to your home, you probably want to keep it in excellent condition. Sometimes, it’s challenging to make your furniture last for many years, especially if you use it often. To keep your furniture in great shape, learn some of the best ways to preserve your home furniture.

Clean Thoroughly

To keep your furniture in excellent condition, you’ll need to clean it thoroughly. Dust, dirt, and grime can build-up quickly and degrade your furniture over time. If you need to clean a wooden surface, you can use a specialized cleaner or warm water and mild soap. To remove dust and dirt from couches and chairs, you can use a vacuum with a handheld attachment. Cleaning the cloth parts of your couch can be difficult, so it’s best to use a steam cleaner for this process.

Before you purchase leather furniture, keep in mind that this type of material takes some effort to clean. First, you can wipe down the leather with a mixture of half vinegar and half water. After the leather dries, you can apply a leather conditioner to keep the furniture looking new.

Cover the Furniture

Tables and sofas are just a few pieces of furniture that every home should have. To keep your tables, sofas, chairs, and other furniture items in great shape, you should cover them before moving or leaving for long periods of time. However, if you have leather or upholstered furniture, do not cover them with plastic sheets. Plastic traps moisture, and over time, this moisture can create mold. Instead, use blankets, sheets, or furniture covers on your items to protect them from dust and grime.

Use Wax

Wax provides a barrier between your furniture and its surroundings. For your wooden pieces, you can use wax to create a lustrous appearance. For many wooden items, all you need to do is leave the wax on for a few minutes and then wipe it off with a soft cloth. Next, you can wait a half-hour or one hour and use another cloth to wipe off any remaining wax.

Control the Temperature

When your furniture encounters heat, it can cause the material to shrink, tear, and crack. On the other hand, when you expose your furniture to the cold, it can cause the furniture to shrink or contract. Moisture is also not the best for furniture since it allows mold and fungi to grow. The best way to preserve your furniture is to place it in a room with a pleasant, dry temperature.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Many people don’t know that sunlight can damage their furniture. The UV-rays from the sun can cause discoloration and fading. This is another reason why you need furniture coverings to protect your wooden pieces and upholstery. Keeping your furniture in the shade will prevent UV damage and keep your items looking brand new.

Now you know the best ways to preserve your home furniture. Using these tips, you can keep your furniture in excellent condition for many years.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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