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Protecting Your Furniture From Damage

Physical impact and friction, humidity, temperature and even light can cause damage to furniture pieces. We have to take note of those factors to better care for and protect our valuable assets. This way, we can maximise the furniture’s lifetime and prevent repairs if they can be prevented in the first place.

Protecting your furniture from damage

First, we have to analyse the environment where the furniture is in. All day and all night the surrounding unfavourable conditions might be causing the furniture’s surfaces to accumulate damage. For example, both natural and artificial light can affect the coating and the material. The damage is usually in the form of discolouration or bleaching. This degrades the appearance and financial value of the furniture piece.

Aside from light, we also have to worry about relative humidity. Drastic and quick changes in humidity levels can make wood furniture to swell or shrink. As a result, some parts could get distorted and become difficult to fit together. Apart from the wood material, the coating can also react with humidity fluctuations and make the coating brittle and vulnerable.

There are also biological threats aside from environmental ones (light and relative humidity). Rodents, insects, mould and mildew might thrive in and on the material through feeding and habitation. It’s important to protect the furniture from these biological threats to maintain the furniture’s original appeal for years.

One way to protect the asset is by controlling the environmental factors (heat, light, humidity). It’s helpful to put the furniture in the dark when not in use. We should also be mindful of the heat and humidity levels because too much heat and moisture can make the material and coating deteriorate. For example, spills (including hot coffee) can quickly affect the appearance and integrity of the table top. When dealing with pests and mould, it’s important to ensure that the immediate environment is always clean. Food should also be stored far from the furniture because food will attract rodents and insects. These creatures might sooner or later find their way on to your asset.

However, even with the best care the furniture will still accumulate surface and interior damage. If the damage is clear, craftsmen know what’s best to bring back the furniture’s original appeal. Here at Glen Sheldon we regularly do furniture restoration to help raise the furniture’s appeal and financial value. Contact us today if you want to make your furniture looking fresh again.