Quick Tips to Care for Indoor Furniture


Furniture plays an important part in our lives and in our homes. That is why it is essential to care for our furniture to ensure its longevity and cleanliness. By using a little common sense, a little patience and some elbow grease, our home furnishings will last several lifetimes.

Here are a few basic tips to keep our home furnishings looking their best:


  • Because dust can be abrasive, always dust with a soft lint-free cloth that is moistened with polish. 
  • Never use soap and water on wood furniture. 
  • Use the same type of furniture polish consistently, as furniture can appear streaky if oil- and wax-based polishes are mixed. 
  • Wipe in a circular motion to loosen old polish, and buff until it's dry for a perfect finish. 
  • A natural bristle paintbrush can be used to dust intricate designs in wood. 
  • Vacuum upholstery (and rotate cushions) once weekly to avoid fabric problems. You also can use the round brush attachment to clean wood furniture. 
  • Always follow the manufacturer's care instructions. Keep them handy for future reference. 


  • Avoid exposing wood furniture and upholstery to continuous direct sunlight to avoid fading and other damage. 
  • Protect your wood furniture from humidity by using an air conditioner in the summer and a humidifier in winter. 
  • Place furniture at least 12 inches away from temperature extremes such as heaters and air conditioners. 
  • Use coasters, pads and other protection against spills and other stains. 
  • Gently lift, open and close doors, lids and drawers. 
  • Do not allow cats and dogs on furniture, as they can be extremely abrasive to furnishings. 

Everyday Use 

  • Sit only on structures designed for that purpose.
  • Do not place hot items on a finish that will melt away or stain. 
  • Beware of water from spills and condensation on drink glasses that can cause damage to coatings. 
  • When moving a piece of furniture, do not drag it, move it from its strongest part.