Maintenance and Care
Avoid exposure to outside elements Several natural factors like rain, sunlight damage the quality of the furniture. Even then you need to value them and keep them away from direct sunlight, vents, etc. as the heat and light can affect its longevity.
Airborne particles, dust, and dirt cause a thin layer of wood which damages and scratches the surface. It also destroys its natural sheen. Your guests also wouldn’t like to see a thin film of dust layering up your furniture. Hence, you must dust your furniture from time to time, using a soft cloth. Don’t use rough materials to dust off the surfaces as they can cause scratches.
Re-oil and re-wax dry wood
If you notice your furniture is becoming too dry, you can re-oil it. Follow the below steps for re-oiling the furniture surface: Clean the surface using a wet cloth and mild soap or detergent. Dry clean it immediately. Now apply furniture oil and let the furniture soak the moisture for about 15 minutes. After this, if you choose to apply any protective layer, let the oil settle for a day before you proceed to apply any other solution. If you are to wax the furniture surface, the process is a bit different. Once you have cleaned the surface using a damp cloth and mild soap, apply a coat of wax and spread the mixture throughout the surface. Don’t keep the wax for more than 20 minutes. Remove the excess wax from the surface by wiping it off with a clean pad. Now buff using a soft cloth until the surface feels smooth.
Clean the wood surfaces
Sometimes only dusting doesn’t help and one needs to clean the surfaces regularly to retain the natural finish of the future surfaces. Never use the all-purpose cleaners that are readily available in the market. They damage the wooden finish of your furniture. Usually, cleaning with a wet cloth and a mild dish detergent help. Once you have cleaned the surface with a damp cloth, be sure to wipe it off using a soft dry towel.
Don’t Mistreat Furniture
Whenever you keep glass products or mugs or any hot or cold object on wooden surfaces, use coasters and never place them directly on the surface without putting a tablecloth beneath it. You can place decorative tablecloths or placemats on top of the surface which would protect the furniture surface from getting stained.
Metal parts are best cleaned with a cloth or sponge using water and mild, non-detergent soap and wiped dry. Abrasive scrubbers or cleaners should not be used as they can scratch the finish, potentially exposing the metal to rust-inducing moisture. For ingrained dirt, use window cleaner or a non-abrasive multi-purpose cleaner.
Most over-the-counter glass cleaners will do the trick when cleaning your glass furniture. However, if you’re looking for a more “homemade” cleaner, mixing three quarters water with about a quarter of vinegar and squirt of dish soap works. Vinegar is very effective in this regard, so you can try this mix without the dish soap if you happen to not have any around. Feel free to use a little more vinegar (such as two-thirds water to one-third vinegar) if the smaller ratio mix isn’t working as well as you’d like it to. Mix it all in an empty, clean squirt bottle, and you’re good to go.
What to Wipe Your Glass With
Paper towels are nice to use for a few reasons. First, they’re convenient. You can just peel off a sheet or two, use it to clean the table and discard it. If you need to go over the same spot, you can grab another sheet and do it again. Second, they allow you to see exactly what—and how much—dirt and grime you’re picking up. Not only is this satisfying, but you can get an idea of how much cleaner the glass is actually getting when you move to the next sheet and see less grime a second time around. Or even better, none at all.
The problem with paper towels is that you can find yourself going through a lot of them if you have a lot of glass to clean and/or you are regularly cleaning your glass furniture. Also, paper towels tend to leave streaks, so we recommend using a microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloths do a great job picking up and holding dirt, and they can be easily washed and reused. In our experience, microfiber seems to be more effective than paper towels, especially when considering streaks. If it suits you, feel free to use a combination of both. Perhaps go over the glass with a white paper towel first to see how much dirt you are dealing with, and finish it with a microfiber towel. Whatever you do, be sure not to apply to much pressure. Any dirt and debris may cause scratches if you drag it across the glass to hard.
On to Cleaning the Glass
If your glass furniture is really dirty, start by lightly dust it with a clean microfiber cloth to remove any larger pieces of dust. Then spray the entire glass table or glass portion of the furniture with your cleaner. Do not use an excessive amount, as doing so may result in streaky residue left behind on the glass.
Your direction and method of wiping up the cleaner doesn’t matter as long as you are addressing every little area of the glass and are not going over a clean area with a dirty cloth. If there are corners and edges that are tough to get to, clean them with a cotton swab.
After you’ve proceeded to wipe the glass completely clean, inspect it from all angles. Make sure you didn’t miss a spot and that there are no streaks left over. If you find a dirty spot, go over it again. If you find a streak, simply buff over it with your microfiber cloth until it is gone.