You have purchased your first pine furniture set – congratulations!
Now that you are the proud owner of a pine furniture piece from Aberdeens, it is important to learn a thing or two about proper pine furniture maintenance.
You love pine furniture and so do we which is why it is our foremost goal to teach you how to properly maintain your pine furniture. After all - the better you look after it, the longer it will last and become a well-loved and used furniture piece in your home.
Whether you have had your kitchen overhauled with pine cupboards, purchased a pine bedroom suite or just started off with a pine coffee table, it is better to learn all the tips and tricks of the trade now.
Let’s learn how to properly maintain pine furniture!
The first step in your pine furniture maintenance regimen starts with daily maintenance – while this may sound tedious it involves some quick TLC, a microfibre cloth and a lifetime of rewards reaped from taking proper care of your furniture!
Your first daily maintenance tip is a simple one – be sure to dust off your furniture daily to avoid any dust build up. Although it may seem unlikely, these tiny dust particles can stack up and become rather abrasive leading to unwanted scratches if left for too long.
Using a slightly damp microfibre cloth, or similar soft cotton cloth, wipe down the furniture to remove any dust residue. Be sure NOT to use any soap, water, detergents or any other cleaning products on your pine furniture. Even aerosol polish can build up over time.
A simple damp cloth is ideal.
The next step in your pine furniture maintenance regimen in also a simple one – be sure to clean up any spills as soon as they occur. Leaving your pine furniture exposed to liquid or moisture will eventually penetrate the sealant finish and leave an ugly blemish on the surface.
To avoid this, be sure to wipe up any spills as soon as possible.
If you do find a blemish, simply use a small amount of sunlight liquid and a microfibre cloth to gently polish the blemish out.
Apart from learning about the pine furniture daily care regimen, there are certain dos and don’ts that you can put into action to help extend the lifespan, protect and improve maintain the integrity of your pine furniture.
Protective accessories like tablecloths, place mats and trays. Not only do tablecloths, place mats and trays help to prevent dust from collecting on the surface of your pine furniture; they also help to prevent scratching and heat damage.
You can also reduce damage caused by spillages as the tablecloth will absorb some of the liquid before it reaches the surface of your pine furniture. While a wine stain might ruin your tableware, it will definitely extend the lifespan of your pine furniture.
Because pine is a natural material it is highly susceptible to sudden changes in temperature – hot or cold. When these sudden changes occur, they can cause the wood to expand or contact leaving little cracks on the surface of the furniture.
As a result, it is recommended to keep your pine household items away from ovens, fireplaces, heaters and braais to help reduce temperature damage.
If you have purchased raw pine furniture as a DIY project, be sure to paint or varnish it as soon as possible. When your pine furniture is painted or varnished, it will be
As explained above, the temperature changes experienced by the wood can result in cracks in the surface of your pine furniture. But that is not all. Direct exposure to sunlight can cause discolouration in your pine furniture which you do not want.
Because of the suppleness of pine wood, it is not recommended to place pine furniture outside. When exposed to sun or moisture the wood can crack, discolour or begin to rot.
It is advised that all pine furniture remain indoors where it is well-protected from external elements.
Now that you have learnt a thing or two about pine furniture, we hope that you will be able to enjoy your Aberdeens pine furniture for decades to come! Be sure to check out our range of pine furnishings – we have everything from pine kitchen cupboards to pine desks and everything in between.