Solid wood is a material for furniture that is smart, durable and never goes out of style. Like everything in life, you get more out of it if you look after it. Here are some ways of taking care of your wooden designer furniture.
Watch the temperature
It isn't so much the exact temperature that matters; what is important is that your furniture isn't exposed to excessive temperature changes. Wood can easily suffer warping or splitting if the level of heat changes too much, so you should be careful not to place it in front of radiators or any other kind of heater which could cause too sudden a change in the temperature. The same goes for humidity - too much moisture in the air can cause the wood to warp or split. You should keep the furniture out of direct sunlight, as this can cause the colour to fade, as well as lead to more warping. And you should never use solid wood furniture outdoors unless it has been specially made for this kind of use.
This is especially important for wooden tables. Hot items such as mugs or plates can draw the moisture out of the wood and leave a ring mark that you will not be able to remove. You also run the risk of leaving a burn mark in the wood if a hot item is placed on it. This is easily avoided by using heat-resistant mats whenever anything is placed on the table. This will also help to protect the wood from accidental scratches and chips.
Avoid abrasive cleaners
Abrasives, bleaches and other harsh cleaners can very quickly damage the surface of a piece of wooden furniture. Your motto for cleaning should be "gently does it". Regularly dust your furniture with a soft cloth; if you have to remove stains, use a damp cloth, and then a dry cloth to buff the surface. If this doesn't work, try using a cloth soaked in a weak detergent solution, then a clean cloth to dry the surface. However, most stains can be avoided if you mop up spillages immediately - use a damp cloth, and then a clean, dry cloth.
As long as you use these common-sense tips to look after your wooden furniture, it can stay in good condition for many years and will provide both a useful and attractive look for your home.