Caring for pine furniture

Published: 07th March 2009
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Pine furniture is made of a soft natural wood which continues to 'respire' when there are changes in the temperature and the environment where it is placed. There are some irregularities, mostly natural, such as minor shrinkages, slight defects such as small cracks on the wood surface and knots that enhance the general uniqueness of pine furniture.

One of the golden rules under pine furniture care is to never place any pine furniture on direct sunlight. It goes without saying that since wood is a natural product; subjection to heat will crack. Pine is a type of timber that is vulnerable to temperature changes. It is therefore advisable that whether it is living room furniture or bedroom furniture; maintain an even room temperature with no perceptible sudden temperature variations.

Never place a chilled or hot item directly on the surface of any pine furniture. It is only wise to use a place mat because there would be obvious markings on the surface. Equally, never place any pine furniture on a damp or wet floor because there are high chances of stain occurring on the floor.

When cleaning pine furniture, never use soap, water or any detergents. For general cleaning purposes, use an almost dry duster or piece of cloth. Equally, never use any polish that contains silicon or aerosol sprays. This helps in maintaining the pine characteristic finish on the furniture. It is recommended that you use Murphy oil, Murphy soap, lemon oil or Old English oil for your cleaning.

Pine furniture has a natural stain that tends to react with almost all manmade products. If you have to experiment on any product, try it out on a hidden place of the furniture and look for any reactions. Note that using any cleaning materials other than those recommended not only damages the surface of your pine furniture but also invalidates any claims whatsoever.

Pine furniture care also includes surface re-treating from time to time to be able to maintain its distinctive character. Re-treating can simply be done using unperfumed (blocked wax). Just rub the wax over the entire furniture, ensuring you follow the instructions from the manufactures to the letter. Bearing in mind that wood 'breathes' depending on the room temperature, you shouldn't be surprised to find your pine furniture is more waxier than before.

Be it the bedroom furniture or living room furniture, they all require regular normal inspections such as tightening the fittings; knobs and hinges. A lot of damages in pine furniture can be avoided if one identifies the elements causing the problems.

Repairing pine furniture requires very simple steps. For instance, if you want to fix indentations on your pine furniture, simply boil water in a kettle and pour a small amount of the water on the dent, removing excess water with a piece of soft cloth. The area is expected to plump up back to normal. However, it may require a second treatment where you use fine steel wool to finish it off. Never beat up your furniture to look old, simply create authentic scrapes and marks with hand tools.

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