Wood is one of the most versatile and unique materials available today but like any, can always benefit from a little TLC throughout its lifetime. Properly maintaining any wooden furniture can help it to withstand the test of time and keep it looking brand new for longer but if you’ve never cared for wooden furniture before, knowing where to start can be daunting. We’ve compiled a few tips to get you started.
Protect It From Heat
If you’re planning to use your brand new wooden ottoman as a coffee table, it’s important to make sure you use coasters for hot drinks and other protection such as placemats or potholders for other hot items. Tablecloths can also be used to protect from spills and simply removed if you want to access whatever you choose to store inside the ottoman.
Consider Potential Environmental Damage
Sunlight is one of the last things we think of when it comes to environmental damage, particularly on furniture we have indoors. When wood is subject to light and heat for prolonged periods of time, the colour can fade and the material can be damaged and even become dry and brittle, ultimately leading to breakages. Keep your ottoman away from the window where possible, or cover it up on particularly hot or sunny days if you can.
Keep It Clean And Dust-Free
Regularly dusting and cleaning off your ottoman is a must if you want to keep it scratch and smudge free. While it doesn’t seem like a particularly corrosive substance, dust can lead to scratches on the surface of your wood and build up a film layer that can discolour and damage it too. For this reason, it’s important to keep on top of dusting your wooden ottoman with a soft cloth, ideally microfibre or cotton. On the occasions where dusting isn’t quite enough, cleaning the wood can keep it in top shape. Use wood-specific cleaners or even a mild dish detergent, but avoid all-purpose cleaners, as this can damage the finish on the wood.
Treat Any Wear And Tear
No matter how much care we take with wooden furniture, scratches and general wear do happen but it’s how you deal with these that matters. Liquid polishes can hide any scratches or abrasions and have things looking good as new providing that the damage isn’t too bad. If the scratches or damage are too deep for the polish to handle, you could give the furniture a new lease of life with a coat or paint.
Oil Or Wax As Needed
Wooden furniture can get dry over time, which is where oiling comes in. All of our ottomans are treated, but you can re-oil or re-wax in the future to improve the longevity. For oiling, you’ll need to first clean the surfaces with an appropriate oil soap or cleaner, then liberally apply whichever furniture oil suits your ottoman best. For waxing, this will need to be done at intervals over the years to build up the protective coating where it may otherwise have worn down.
Keep On Top Of Stains
The longer a stain sits, particularly on wood, the harder it is to remove and it’s for this reason that it’s important to clean up any stains or spills as quickly as possible after they happen. If the spill or damage has already been done, you can look into different ways to remove particular marks, such as vinegar for dark water damage spots, and a toothpaste-baking soda blend for white rings created from a wet glass.
Wooden furniture offers a unique and undeniably stunning addition to any home and ottomans are one of the most convenient and useful furniture pieces available. Take a look at our full range of wooden blanket boxes to find the perfect one for you.