If you had just purchased a new wooden dining room set, chances are you will want it looking like brand new for as long as you possibly can. There are several steps you can take in maintaining your dining room table and chairs regularly to keep the set in the best of condition. Here are some precautionary steps to take as well as some cleaning advice to help you keep your dining room furniture as nice as it was the day you purchased it.
Select The Perfect Spot
When placing your table and chairs in your dining room, avoid an area in direct sunlight. This can cause the wood to fade. In many cases it will fade unevenly due to the amount of sun being reflected upon the table at different times of the day. If you cannot avoid direct sunlight, you will need to make sure your table is covered during the daytime hours. Place seat cushions on your chairs to help protect them from sunlight or move chairs in direct light to the other side of the table during the day.
Keep Track Of Humidity Levels
Keeping your home's interior at a dangerous humidity level, both too much or not enough, can ruin wooden furniture. Purchase a humidity gauge to monitor the amount present in your dining area. It is best to keep your humidity level between 40-45 percent for your wooden furniture's safety. If levels are too high, your furniture is at risk for expanding in size, altering the structural integrity of the piece. If it is too low, it is at risk for becoming cracked.
Use The Right Accessories
When using your dining room furniture, it is a good idea to place a tablecloth or place mats and a runner to place items on top of instead of using the uncovered surface of the tabletop. Always put down pot holders, a trivet, or even a folded up hand towel to place hot items on top of when serving. Use coasters for drinks to avoid water damage.
Clean Your Pieces Regularly
When cleaning your furniture after a meal, use a soft piece of damp microfiber or cheesecloth to wipe down the table. Do this along with the grain of the wood. Avoid using dry material to wipe your table or chairs as this can leave scratches in the polish. Use water and a non-alkaline soap to do deeper cleaning on the wood furniture if needed. Make sure to dry the wood immediately afterward to avoid water damage. If the wood furniture appears lackluster in appearance, use lemon or orange oil to revitalize its look.