Oak has been a very popular choice of furniture for many years now, mainly due to its aesthetic appeal, its strength, and its durability. Owning oak furniture in your home can be a matter of great pride; however, it is important to know how to care and maintain it at your home. In its natural state, oak wood has fine grains and spots, so most kinds of small stains or spills usually blend in with the oak without looking too odd.
However, oak by nature is also extremely porous, which means that small grains of dirt, stains or spills can get inside the porous texture and ruin the great wood. If you take a proper care of your oak made furniture, it can last for decades.
Here Are Some Tips to Take Care of Your Oak Furniture
- If you have just recently purchased new oak furniture, you must keep in mind that different manufacturers treat oak differently, so ask your manufacturer for any special instructions on how to take care of your oak.
- Typically, new oak will have a strong odour and in order to get rid of that odour, it is necessary to air out your oak furniture. You can do this by keeping your furniture in a well-ventilated room where the smell will slowly dissipate. You can also keep a bowl of water, activated charcoal and white vinegar in the same room as the furniture, as this will soak up most of the odour and have your furniture smelling normal in no time.
- It is important to treat the furniture with a wax polish every three months in order to keep the wood well-nourished so that the furniture lasts you for generations to come.
- You must regularly wipe and clean the furniture with a slightly damp, soft cloth. Since oak by nature is highly porous, it is possible for dirt and dust fibres to settle into the grains and crevices of the oak. In case of any spills, the oak will generally soak up the liquid, thus causing a nasty stain. Clean the dust, dirt, or any stains and spillage off your oak furniture using a soft, damp cloth, and in case of bigger or tougher stains, it is best to call an expert who can clean your furniture professionally.
- Avoid using any kind of detergents, household cleaning materials and tools and hot or cold water on your oak. This will simply damage the wood beyond repair and can even cause cracks to form.
- Since you cannot use any kind of chemicals or liquid on it, the best option would be to either use natural lemon oil or beeswax to clean the oak. These are least harmful and will actually condition and nourish the wood, keeping it clean, healthy-looking and long lasting.
- Water is not good if it stays on wood for too long, that is why it is a good idea to clean your oak with a soft cloth, it can be damp, but make sure that you wipe off all residue of moisture from the surface of the wood so that no long-term damage is caused to your expensive oak.
- Oakwood can dry out quite easily, due to its porous nature, so it is advisable not to keep the furniture near direct sunlight or next to any source of heat.
Maintaining the oak furniture is not a big deal. By simply following a few simple ground rules, you can ensure that your oak looks just as good as new for the next few generations to come!