Wooden furniture has been a household essential in every Indian home since time immemorial as it not only offers stunning looks, but also lasts very long if it is taken care of appropriately. Naturally, many family heirlooms over the years have been intricately designed with the best quality plywood for posterity. It is imperative to maintain proper furniture hygiene so that it stays in great shape, always.
Keeping in mind the different features of plywood furniture, here are some simple yet highly effective tips to ensure your plywood furniture will remain as good as new for a long time:
Tip 1: Dusting
Dusting is the rule of thumb when it comes to keeping plywood furniture spick and span. Dust the plywood surfaces with a dry microfiber cloth at least once a week. If your furniture attracts a lot of dust due to geographical or climatic peculiarities, you can dust your furniture more frequently, as needed.
Tip 2: Brushing
Dirt, oil and grime are more persistent than dust and may even enter crevices in the furniture. If left unsupervised, it may deteriorate the finish of your furniture or even cause discolouration. Use a soft brush to efficiently clean dirt, food particles and oil from these hard-to-access areas to extend the life of your plywood furniture.
Tip 3: Cleaning Spills
Liquid or food spills are a normal occurrence at homes, especially ones with children or pets. To avoid staining, clean the surface immediately after spotting a spill. Do not let it sit for longer durations.
Tip 4: Combating Humidity
Humidity and moisture are true enemies of plywood furniture. Even though furniture made with waterproof plywood is highly effective against it, it is prudent to place home furniture in areas of good ventilation or allow air passage through the house from time to time.
Tip 5: Protection from Sunlight
Direct and prolonged exposure to sunlight can dull the allure of your furniture. So, place your furniture away from direct sunlight or attempt to reduce the intensity of sun rays falling on the furniture with curtains and other kinds of cladding.
Tip 6: Accessorise
Furniture that experiences high traffic tends to develop scratches, bumps or dents. Surfacing solutions such as laminates and veneers protect them to an extent but it is inevitable for furniture to wear out if not maintained properly. Use accessories such as edge guards to protect the furniture. Alternatively, you can use table cloths, mats, coasters and so on for both aesthetic and functional purposes.
Tip 7: DIY Cleaning Solution
Wooden furniture should be cleaned with a soft cloth and a mild specialised wood cleaning solution. You can make one at home with simple ingredients available in your kitchen. For instance, if you mix 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of white vinegar and 2 teaspoon mineral oil or coconut oil, you have got yourself a mild plywood cleaning agent! You can also mix a gentle soap-based cleaner with water and use the diluted solution in combination with a microfiber cloth to wipe dirty surfaces clean.
Follow these tips to ensure that your furniture lives a long and comfortable life.
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