How To Care For Your Wood Game Room Products

Wood Game Room Products

Wood can best handle changes in temperature and humidity if they occur gradually. Abrupt changes (closing or opening a vacation home, for example) can stress your furniture.

Ideally, try to keep your home’s temperature in the 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit range. Relative humidity should be 50 – 55 percent.

Regular dusting will help keep your wood gaming pieces looking new. Experts recommend sprinkling a few drops of water onto the dusting cloth (not the furniture – water is one of wood’s worst enemies). Moisten the cloth just enough to make dust adhere to it. The cloth should not be so damp that it wets the wood. If you see any trace of water on the wood after you wipe, your cloth is too damp. Using distilled water is recommended for heirlooms or antiques.

Wood Game Room

To stay looking this good it needs a little care.

Wipe off dust using gentle, oval motions along the grain of the wood. Turn or fold the cloth as soon as dirt is visible on any section.

Paste Wax

While most people reach for a spray can to dust furniture, that’s not the only or the best option.

Paste wax has been used by many generations as a finishing material and a furniture care product. If used properly, paste wax will provide a thick, hard, lasting finish. Liquid wax is similar, but typically provides a thinner coating.

Paste waxes dry hard so they do not smear or attract dust and dirt. Paste wax typically lasts six months to a year or so, depending on how much the furniture is used and how many coats are applied. Paste wax will help delay the formation of water rings, giving you a little extra time to wipe up the moisture.

Make sure you buy a wax designed especially for wood furniture. Waxes for cars, shoes or other finishes might harm furniture.

Oily Cleaners Not Recommended

Oily cleaners and polishes will not provide a lasting, hard coat. Those containing silicone oil will create a nice shine and a slippery surface, but they can interfere with refinishing. This type of oil can seep through cracks in the finish into the wood. That can ruin the new finish later.

Be aware that labels often fail to say whether products contain silicone oil. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions when using spray or liquid polishes.

If you have waxed your furniture and want to switch to an oil-based polish or vice-versa, first clean the furniture with mineral spirits or a solvent-based wax remover. Do this in a spot with plenty of ventilation away from any heat source or sparks. Test the product first in an inconspicuous spot. When the piece is clean and dry, wax or polish.

If you accidentally mix wax and oil, the finish will turn cloudy. In that case, wipe the finish off and clean it with mineral spirits or a solvent-based wax remover. Wax or polish when the finish is dry.

To protect your wood, avoid placing it in direct sunlight or placing hot objects onto wood (which can cause a chemical change in wood, leaving white spots or rings).

Keep solvents such as nail polish remover, alcohol and paint thinner away from wood furniture because they can harm the finish. Alcohol is contained in colognes, perfumes and medications as well as in wine, beer and liquor.

Avoid scratching wood surfaces by lifting, not sliding, objects on wood.

Mayonnaise Can Help

Get rid of pesky water spots on your wood furniture by allowing the spots to dry completely, then rubbing real mayonnaise onto it with a soft cloth, until the spots disappear.

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