Furniture Care Tips

Today’s advanced finishes are very resistant to many things, but vinyl is not one of them. Vinyl feet on the bottom of your cordless phone case, vinyl feet on clock radios and vinyl place mats or cup coasters will damage the finish on your furniture. It’s called “Vinyl Gassing”. Think of that new shower curtain liner smell, that “new car” smell or the smell of a new vinyl rain poncho. That is vinyl gassing and it will soften your new finish. Use cork as a protector under these items instead. Cork “buttons” can be purchased at any hardware store.

Polishing: Give your furniture a light weekly dusting with a very slightly dampened cotton cloth. You may also apply a good quality polish such as Guardsman Furniture Polish to the cloth if you wish. Once a month, apply the polish per the manufacturer’s directions.

Touch-Up: There are many fine products for doing minor touch-ups on the market that work very well, but it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions. Household or family remedies sometimes work. Cigar ash, toothpaste, or mayonnaise may work sometimes but do you really want to take that risk? Call us first! We may have an answer that will save you money.

Cleaning: On some antiques a good cleaner/restorer can be made from equal parts turpentine and linseed oil. Apply with a small brush or toothbrush. Wipe off immediately with a clean cloth. Afterwards, LAY THE CLOTH OPENED, OUTSIDE, TO DRY! It is flammable!! Murphy’s Oil is another good cleaner; use 1-2 capfuls in warm water as instructed and dry immediately.

Sunlight: Try to keep your piano and furniture out of direct sunlight. The UV part of the light can bleach out the color or make the piece “amber” up. The direct heat can make the wood swell and crack.