Furniture will eventually wear and tear over time. However, you can slow down the process by taking the extra precaution in treating your wooden furniture. Remember to never expose your furniture to direct sunlight as prolonged exposure to extreme temperature will not only affect the colour of the wood but will also cause the wood to dry out.
Always lift furniture because dragging weakens the joints. Do not use chemical cleaners on your furniture as this may damage the finishing. Use coasters under beverages and protective pad for writing to better protect furniture’s surface. Polishing and waxing need not be done frequently. For daily cleaning, just gently rub with a soft cloth over the surface.
Flip your seats and back cushions periodically to extend the life of your cushions so that both sides wear evenly through the years. As most of our upholstery are made of foam, it is also advisable to shake them regularly to ensure form stability. Change the cushions around from one part to another as some seats tend to get more usage than others. Vacuum weekly for general cleaning and to remove surface soil. This also prevents dirt from embedding into the fibres.
It is important to take note of the placement of your furniture. Direct sunlight can damage the fabric and leather’s original brightness and texture. It makes the material brittle and weak, so make sure to avoid exposing your furniture to direct sunlight.
For fabric, vacuum or do some light brushing weekly to remove dust. Such care can prevent heavy soiling of fabric. When it comes to leather, avoid cleaners and detergents that aren't made for leather care. A dry cloth and likewarm water are usually all that's needed to keep your leather's natural brightness and texture. Then let it air dry instead of using a fan or hair dryer as that will dry the leather out over time.
Metal surfaces have good resistance to dirt and liquids, but prolonged exposure to water can stain metal and even stainless steel, so it is important to keep metal surfaces dry. Dusting should be done with a soft, cotton cloth or towel. You may use mild detergent and water to clean once in a while but make sure to dry it completely adterwards. Smudges and smears can be removed using a window cleaning liquid and a paper towel. Regular waxing prevent tarnishing of metals and maintain a bright finish. Waxing also boost the cleaning power of metal products.