Furniture Care: Tips & Tricks
Many antique furniture items or musical instruments are treated with shellac. These surfaces are very sensitive and can get damaged by using care agents. For these valuable items we recommend our approved POLIBOY Furniture Intensive Care which cleans and cares without damaging the surfaces.
To remove drawings of crayons or water-soluble felt pens, e.g. off lacquered furniture surfaces, on can easily use the POLIBOY Dustmaster Furniture Wet Wipes. Just remove cloth from the package and wipe over the surfaces.
POLIBOY Furniture Polish Light is perfectly suited to care and freshen up slate, e.g. as an insert of tables. Only apply some polish onto a clean, lint-free cloth and polish evenly and thinly on the surface.
Why furniture care?
When we buy a new table, a chest of drawers or any other piece of wood furniture, we appreciate its rich colour, soft surface and its grain. But the wood loses its beauty over time as scratches, nicotine, grease and dust attack its surface. Our furniture becomes dull. Dry dusting only swirls the particles up to distribute them on other furniture. A damp cloth leaches the wood – especially when soap is used – or causes water stains.
This is why you should treat your furniture with the right care from the start, because only then can the surface be protected from daily use and retain its natural radiance, giving our home that extra feel-good factor. POLIBOY will help you achieve this.
Background: The natural exchange processes between the humidity in the room and the wood are enhanced by furniture care. It is vital to maintain the elasticity of the varnish layer on strongly sealed wood so that it does not get brittle and cracked. Once cracks appear, dust particles and moisture – for example from flower vases or drink glasses – can freely penetrate the wood.
What happens when you dust it with a dry cloth? A dry cloth does not absorb the dust completely, and the particles only loosely stick to the fabric. If you carry on dusting, the particles which have already been removed are distributed in the air in the room then land on other furniture.
Dusting with a dry cloth on painted surfaces, especially on high-gloss surfaces, is fatal. The small specks of dust have an abrasive effect and scratch the surface when wiping. The varnish layer becomes dull over time.
If the furniture is simply wiped with a damp cloth, and if washing-up liquid or neutral soap are used, the dirt binds to the cloth even more but the wood does not receive any conditioning treatment by simply wiping with water. Rather, the opposite effect occurs: the soap solution dries out the wood even more. The furniture quickly starts to look dull and grey. In addition, excess water can make the veneer swell. Once the furniture has become unsightly, it often takes sophisticated and expensive processing such as sanding and re-sealing to undo the damage. Because the wood veneers used are often very thin, even this form of restoration may not be possible. It is better, therefore, to adopt a regular care regime right from the beginning.
With good furniture care, it is easy to remove traces of use and stains when dusting, and the treatment leads to noticeably refreshed colour. If the furniture is regularly cleaned with a high-quality furniture care product, the surface is fully protected and the furniture remains water and stain repellent.
That's how it's done
The Worktop Oil in action
The High Polish Cleaner in action POLIBOY POLIBOY
The Wood Cleaner in action