There’s no denying the fact that treating wooden furniture would preserve the finish and the surface of the furniture for several decades. In fact, well-treated furniture made from wood can last over centuries. Outside furniture would surely last longer if it’s properly treated. Indoor furniture, on the other hand, would be protected from inadvertent spills, pets and food, if treated properly. Besides, treating wooden furniture enhances its’ beauty. There are several methods that can be adopted for keeping wooden furniture in the best possible condition. Antique furniture, however, needs to be specially treated. Wax can be used for treating and finishing some antique wood.
For a comprehensive knowledge about treating wooden furniture, read on.
There are numerous methods that can be adopted for treating wooden furniture. Before the advent of chemical wood conditioners and cleaners, peopled used natural oils, like lemon oil, for cleaning and conditioning wood.
Natural lemon oil is considered to be a safe alternative to the harsh chemicals that can cause damage to porous wood like pine. Wooden furniture could benefit from a temperate sanding as well. This is especially beneficial for antique or delicate furniture that’s being restored. A 150 to 220-grit sandpaper could be used for helping the restoration of such type of furniture. After the furniture has been sanded, it could be treated with a wooden paint or stain and then varnished.
Furniture stains treat wood by enhancing its natural color. The stain is absorbed into the wood’s grain. Besides, it conditions the wood and tints it slightly. It must be kept in mind that applying a further coat of stain could darken your wood while a single coat of dark-colored stain could change the appearance of light wooden furniture. For sealing the stain, one can apply a coat of glossy varnish on the light furniture. However, this can only be applied when the stain has dried.
An insect-proof and waterproof varnish for your furniture is the best to maintain a newly treated piece of wooden furniture. In fact, several furniture experts have said that this is the ideal method. For instance, a veneer table could be easily treated by gluing the lifted veneer back to its place by using wood glue. Sealants for wood also works fine for filling and hiding any gouges or scratch marks that appear on the veneer. However, the full veneer surface of the furniture may have to be replaced when the veneer of a wooden table gets severely damaged.
Paints help in sealing the wood after the old veneer on it has been replaced or has been refinished. Priming the wood ahead of applying an enamel-based latex paint puts a coat on the surface of the veneer or wooden furniture. This makes the paint look even and smooth.