How to Properly Clean and Care for Reclaimed Wood Products to Make Them Last a Lifetime
To describe simply, reclaimed wood is just wood with a history to tell, and being used for a new purpose. It might be an old barn in the past that was milled and transformed into reclaimed hardwood floor, or it could have been a humble storage crate. Some reclaimed wood materials can be re-engineered to make them look brand new.
Following are some tips on how to properly clean, as well as take good care of your furniture made from reclaimed wood products to make sure that they last long enough for your children’s grandchildren to enjoy:
Always Use a Damp Piece of Cloth
Prolonged exposure to water can damage the reclaimed wood materials in your furniture. Refrain from using a heavily saturated cloth to clean the surfaces. Just use a piece of damp cloth to get rid of spills and other water-related issues. As much as possible, immediately clean spills to prevent them from causing damage.
Avoid Silicone and Ammonia-Based Cleaning Products
Cleaning products that contain silicone and those that are ammonia-based contain a lot of chemicals that can irritate and damage the reclaimed timber materials. To clean your furniture, just follow the tips provided in the previous section.
Avoid Heat and Direct Sunlight
High heat and direct sunlight can cause warping and cracking issues with the wood furniture. These will adversely affect the life of the wood product. Avoid placing the furniture in parts of your house where they will be exposed to direct sunlight and high heat such as an open fire.
Each piece of furniture made from reclaimed wood has its own interesting, unique story to tell. Do not allow these stories to end with you. By following the cleaning and care techniques provided in this post, you can help make sure that these stories will remain intact, and live on, for the future generations to enjoy.