Rustic furniture is one of the best ways that you can bring to life your rustic cabin décor. Each piece will add to the warm and welcoming feel that the rustic look brings. But, because items such as rustic rocking chairs and log-carved rustic beds are made from wood, they have very specific care instructions that must be followed carefully. Otherwise, the wood can soon crack, warp, or otherwise become damaged and your furniture will soon look ratty, not rustic. Here are a few things to now when caring for your rustic furniture.
While a spilled drink on a rustic rocking chair or marker on a cushioned log couch may seem like disaster for your rustic furniture, it’s very important that you don’t use soap and water on the furniture, no matter how tempting it may seem. Water can do incredible damage to wood, causing it to warp, rot and decay, and the irritants and oil in soaps can scratch the wood, as well as warp it. Instead, start by using only a very soft cloth, as a rough cloth can also scratch the wood.
You then need to use a small amount of high-quality furniture polish to act as a cushion between the cloth and the wood. If you’re concerned about using polish on your wood you can choose an organic product, such as a polish that contains orange oil. This will ensure that no irritants are used on your rustic furniture. Polish that leaves residue on your furniture is also another concern in the care of rustic furniture. To avoid this, always use the same type of furniture polish as combining a wax-based polished with an oil-based polish will create the cloudy look that residue brings. Apply polish over the entire surface of rustic furniture and then wipe in a slow, circular motion to loosen old polish, dust, and dirt. Then, continue wiping until dry and the furniture has a smooth, glossy finish.
Rustic furniture is one of the best things you can do for your rustic cabin décor because you can have so many pieces that add to the theme. But it’s important that you take care of your furniture properly so that you can continue to enjoy your rustic rocking chairs, and all the pieces that go with it, for many more years to come! If you have any questions about other ways to care for and protect your rustic furniture, contact us, we’d love to help!