If you have a soft spot for wooden furniture then you will know that it’s not easy to maintain them, especially during the monsoon season. Wooden furniture needs extra looking after to keep its polished look and prevent damages in its structure. Even a slightest scratch or a rough patch can change the entire look and feel of your precious furniture. Another factor that severely affects wood is moisture. High moisture content, such as during the rains, can cause termites and other pests to create havoc. So to keep your furniture protected, follow these easy tips:
Furniture upholstery has a tendency to attract moisture from the walls, which eventually affects the wood. It will help to pull your sofas, beds, wardrobes or cupboards six inches away from the walls in order to prevent damage during the rainy season. When not raining, keep the windows open to let sunlight get in. This will in reducing humidity in the room.
Use pesticide deodorant
Camphor or naphthalene balls are great moisture absorbers. They will also help protect clothes as well as wardrobes from termites and other pests. In case you want to go for something more natural, neem leaves or cloves will serve the same purpose.
Humidifiers are a great investment when it comes to keeping the temperature and dampness in control. Having a control over the humidity levels at home would help your wooden furniture last longer.
Avoid wet clothes
Avoid using wet clothes to clean furniture at your home. It’s recommended to use clean and dry wiping fabrics instead. Moreover, dust should not be left uncleaned during monsoon, as it has a tendency to stick to wooden items.
Depending on the polish of the furniture, apply a coat of lacquer or varnish at least once in two years to fill the pores and increase its longevity i.e. it prevents the wood from swelling.