How to Care for Your Indoor Furniture
If you’re a collector of original, teak mid-century modern furniture, congratulations! This furniture has timeless design and is built to last. When properly cared for, teak furniture can look like new for generations.
Here are some expert tips on caring for your indoor teak furniture.
According to the teak masters at Dane Decor, teak is durable, easy to clean and naturally stain resistant. “Teak can withstand water spilled on it for 12 hours without showing any signs of finish damage.” Once a week, dust furniture with a lint-free cloth. In summer when windows are open, or dust-causing work is being done in the home, dust more frequently.
Oiling the Wood
Teak wood on indoor furniture should be oiled every 3 to 4 months. Oil can be applied with a lint-free cloth (don’t use paper towels because they can scratch the wood) or fine triple-zero steel wool. Steel wool will help remove any stubborn stains, but make sure to only rub in the direction of the grain, and never rub too hard or long because that will damage the finish.
After oiling, teak must be rubbed with a dry, absorbent cloth. The experts at Dane Decor explain that, “All the oil must be rubbed off the surface. In fact, it should feel just as dry to your touch as it did before you started to oil.”
Properly cared-for teak will change color slightly and the grain will be more pronounced after oiling. One of the truly admirable things about teak is that it becomes more beautiful as it ages. New teak has a slightly yellow color and aged teak becomes a rich, deep orange.
What Kind of Oil Should You Use?
The best oil for indoor teak furniture is Danish oil. Like Teak oil (which is not made from teak-tree oil and is often used on outdoor teak furniture), Danish oil is a penetrating oil made up of linseed, rosewood or tung oil and other ingredients. When buying Danish oil, make sure to choose “natural.” Some Danish oil is colored and using it will change the color of the wood.
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Najwa Furniture offers stunning concrete furniture for outdoor or indoor use. We utilize a weight saving fiberglass and concrete composite mix, which uses a resin matrix to ensure lightweight gorgeous concrete pieces. The natural beauty and organic, raw feel of concrete gives an impression like nothing else. Our Concrete furniture has a sealant applied at the factory to add a final dimension to the natural smooth finish. Should you feel the need to use a sealant as part of your maintenance regime we suggest a home improvement store to recommend a brand to use if needed. It would be great to utilize a combination of the following tips and techniques depending on your specific needs for Concrete Furniture Care :
CONCRETE FURNITURE CARE
- DO NOT use traditional heavy acid cleaners, which are formulated and may be suitable for commercial concrete installations or pool servicing. These acids are too caustic for use on outdoor concrete furniture.
- DO NOT pressure wash with high-pressure powered pressure washers, for most applications a garden nozzle will be enough pressure to clean the furniture.
- DO CLEAN spills as soon as possible, using a mild soap and water, for more aggressive spills, you can use a mild household standard chlorine bleach diluted 1 part bleach 2 parts water and use on the entire surface to be cleaned.
For general day to day cleaning if needed spray your table with water then lightly with a household spray: Mix 1 part bleach wit 2 parts water. Leave on for 5 minutes; then spray off with a garden hose.
- DO NOT drag a concrete table to a new position outdoors. This will cause irrepairable damage to the table. The weight and size of the tables needs the help of 3 to 4 adult people.
CONCRETE FURNITURE IS MADE FROM A NATURAL ORGANIC MATERIAL: CONCRETE
It’s important to understand that concrete is concrete; it is porous and organic looking, and as it is used day to day, it will take on a perfectly imperfect look. It is this aging and character that offers such a unique and longstanding impact for those who enjoy the look of concrete. Concrete is a natural product and will behave like one, please remember this and follow care instructions to extend the life of your gorgeous concrete furniture.
Keep it Clean
To keep your upholstered furniture looking its best vacuum it regularly. In the event of a liquid spill, blot it immediately with a cotton cloth or tissue. Soiled areas should be vacuumed and then cleaned with either a solution of warm water, a mild detergent, and a 100% cotton cloth; or with a mild solvent. Check to see if you have a product tag on the item as they will usually contain cleaning recommendations. Pre-testing is always advised on an inconspicuous area.
- Fabric Cleaning
- Fabric Cleaning
- Leather Cleaning
- Leather Care
- Leather Types
Upholstered seat cushions should be turned over regularly and swapped around so they will keep their shape and wear evenly. Sitting on the same seat will cause it to wear differently than the rest. Manufacturers put zippers on cushions for better fit and for cushion core adjustment. Cushion covers should never be removed from the cushion core and put in a washing machine, this will most likely void any warranty and ultimately destroy the look of the upholstery.
Caution: Things to Avoid
Excessive exposure to the sun and bright light will destroy furniture over time. It will cause fabrics to fade and lose tensile strength and leathers and vinyl will fade and dry out. Natural body oils and moisture can be absorbed causing stains to fabric and leathers plus they will harden leather and crack it over time. Dust and dirt will act like sandpaper and if not removed on a regular basis will cause untimely wear and tear. Fabric treatments will greatly enhance the longevity of your upholstery and leather furniture. They provide UV protection and will protect your furniture from staining and fading.
Typical Wood Care
To keep your wood furniture looking its best, dust surfaces on a regular basis with a damp cloth. If your furniture has a hard sealed finish, then after dusting you can use a non-silicone light weight wax/polish. Remember that a little will go a long way so don’t over do it. If you have furniture that is natural or has open grain wood then the use of a product such as “Howards Feed and Wax” is recommended. Howards is a bees wax type product that will restore the wood and protect it from drying out excessively.
Moisture that is allowed to sit between an extension tables leaves will be absorbed and destroy the finish and fit of the leaves, making it difficult if not impossible to open or close the table. Do not allow plastic backed table coverings to remain on tables for extended periods of time. They can trap moisture and humidity between them and the table and destroy the finish and the underlying wood. Do not allow liquids to dry on a table top or place very hot or wet glasses on the surface without some form of protection. Lifting veneers, cracking, or crazing are typical effects of allowing moisture to seep into the finish or wood and are not covered by warranty.
When removing or putting in the leaves of a table it is always best to use two people—one at each end. When inserting a leaf, place the leaf over the table runners so that the pins and holes match up correctly. Match the wood’s grain to properly arrange the leaves. If the table has guidelines such as chalk marks and numbers that indicate the correct order use them for proper fit. Then from both ends of the table, slowly push the table together or apart by gently lifting up on the table to reduce the stress on the legs. Excessive force on the legs while sliding on carpet will damage the table and leg joints making the table wobble from poor fit.
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