Whether you’re trying to protect your new wood furniture or keep it looking new for as long as possible, caring for raw wood furniture is a simple process. Whether it’s a table or a chair, following proper care guidelines will help your furniture stay looking good for years to come.
The first step in caring for raw wood furniture is to prevent the wood from drying out or cracking. It should be kept indoors between 30 to 45 percent humidity and 60 degrees to keep it looking great. Avoid placing your furniture in direct sunlight, and keep it away from direct heating and cooling sources. Make sure to periodically re-oil your furniture as well. You can purchase inexpensive humidifiers at a hardware store to keep a check on humidity levels in the room.
Wood furniture is susceptible to moisture damage and may develop an unpleasant smell over time. You can use baking soda or charcoal to freshen your furniture. You can also use a dry microfiber cloth to buff the wood back to a shiny finish. You may also want to consider using a dust mask if you’re sensitive to dust.
Often times a dark film will appear on raw wood furniture. Regularly cleaning your raw wood furniture with a mild cleaner like Murphy Oil Soap will help to remove these deposits. Using a soft cloth will help avoid scratching the wood surface, but remember that it’s not necessary to use any of these solutions on a daily basis.