Equipping your kitchen with handcrafted furniture is great, but trouble comes when you think about the ways you should maintain these intricate pieces.
Many items, especially wooden ones, demand special care so they don’t deteriorate. But what if we tell you that maintaining your handcrafted furniture is not that difficult?
You only need to consider some of the most important aspects of your pieces and adjust your cleaning habits to their demand. Let us tell you what to pay attention to.
Avoid chemicals at all costs
Most obvious damage comes from cleaning products that contain aggressive chemicals. While bespoke home furniture is quite durable and resistant, it’s also sensitive to chemical substances found in abrasive cleaners. They can create scratches on wood that will contribute to its dryness and cracking.
In a similar way, chemicals even in foam and cream cleaners can damage leather and textiles on your handcrafted furniture leaving spots and bleached areas. Search for products with natural substances or create your own mixture of gentle soap and water.
Be careful with water
Speaking of water, it can also damage handcrafted pieces of bespoke home design. Wooden furniture has a tricky relationship with water. Too much contact with water and it will swell, deform and eventually rot away, while too little water will contribute to drying out and cracking.
Be moderate with water when cleaning wooden handcrafted furniture and make sure you wipe it dry after cleaning. You don’t want excessive water on your other materials either, so focus on drying them well once you finish.
Use wax and oil to preserve wooden units
To keep your furniture polished, especially in the kitchen, experienced cabinet makers suggest waxing or oiling the handcrafted wooden furniture once or twice a year. This naturally prevents damage and nourishes the wood, but you don’t want to use it too often.
Make sure you clean your furniture before waxing or oiling, to remove all dust. Also, it’s advisable not to change the products you use too frequently, as wood prefers consistent ingredients.
You can find out more about caring for a bespoke kitchen by going to https://www.hillfarmfurniture.co.uk/care-guide/