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How to Buy and Care for Wood Furniture


Wood furniture brings a sense of warmth to interior spaces. Used for dressers, shelves, beds tables or chairs, wood is a versatile material. When you buy wood furniture, always check for quality. Buying quality furniture also means learning to give it the care it deserves.

1. How to Check Wood Furniture for Quality

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When you buy wood furniture there are two things that you must pay attention to: how your wood furniture is constructed, and how well it is finished. The wood finish determines the look and feel of your furniture while good construction assures functionality.

2. How To Use Wax on Wood Furniture

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Wax is used on wood furniture that has been varnished. It is used to revive wood's looks and also for protection of your wood furniture's surface. But be aware that while wax is good for your furniture, its overuse can be too much of a good thing. Use wax sparingly, and infrequently and of course make sure to follow instructions.

3. Care and Cleaning for Varnished Wood

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Varnished wood furniture is one of the most commonly available surfaces. Varnished wood is durable and easy to care for and maintain. This might also be a factor in the popularity of varnished wood furniture. Generally, you just need to protect it from liquids, clean it occasionally and about once or twice a year use furniture wax to keep it looking good.

4. Quick Fixes for Wood Surfaces

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Minor scratches or wear and tear in wood furniture can be easily fixed. There are plenty of products on the market to fix scratches on wood. If you are in a hurry you might even use crayons, nuts or iodine to fix minor problems.

5. Touch Up Kits and Polishes for Wood Furniture

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Occasionally you will need to touch up your wood furniture and you will find that wood care products such as polishes and touch up repair kits are easy to use. Touch up kits and polishes can easily take care of surface scratches and scuffing. You may want to remember that you should always follow instructions, and use the right product for the right wood finish.

6. Common Mistakes When Refinishing Wood Furniture

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Sometimes your wood furniture might need refinishing. Fortunately that isn't very often, but you might want to give a piece of wood furniture a new lease on life. It is always a labor of love, and you should always take your time to understand how to tackle the wood refinishing project. You should also give yourself enough time to do a thorough job of preparing the surface before you refinish your furniture.

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