We cannot deny the importance of furniture in our life. It fills the home to enhance its beauty and completes the décor. Furniture also makes our life easy and comfortable. In this modern era of apartment and society living where every home is identical from exterior as well as interior, furniture is the only mode to show the different personality of different family residing there. Even if it’s a bachelor’s pad, it cannot be without furniture. From handcrafted to moulded, from wood to plastic, from fabric to leather… there are various types of furniture that we have in our home. Each furniture needs special attention to last longer, maintaining its charm and shine throughout its life.
Today we have come up with smart tips of maintenance for 7 different types of materials commonly used in furniture. Let’s dive in and learn the better management tips for the furniture.
Wood is a natural material. Indians prefer wood and wooden furniture over any other material. The simplicity, elegance and warmth of wood cannot be matched by any other natural or man-made materials. Wood can also be designed and crafted into beautiful pieces of furniture easily to match the imagination of human. May be because of this property wood became more popular than stone, a natural material. There are two forms of wood commonly used to make furniture, natural wood and plywood. Both are suitable when it comes to making furniture from it. Wood in its natural form and shape is quite trendy. However, because of the natural property of wood, the furniture made of natural wood can take up moisture even from atmosphere and get deformed or spoil. Plywood is especially treated wood that to a certain extent is water-resistant. However, over a period of time it can also show cracks and take up moisture. It can be prevented by coating the wood with a protective layer or polishing the surface with oil. You can also paint the wooden furniture. But while treating the furniture, be careful and don’t light fire not even a lighter near the furniture.
Modern homes even have wooden flooring to make it feel and look elegant.
Before wood became popular, our ancestors rely more upon stone and carved it into beautiful utensils, decorative items and even furniture for their homes. Modern homes still vouch for the strength of stone and sturdiness it brings in. But now its use has been limited to kitchen counter-top, in bathrooms to place the sinks, garden furniture and as props and decorative items in home. And in the era of artificial intelligence, how can you not find artificial stones? Today’s home designers also like to experiment with artificial marble in home decoration because it matches the look of the natural stone at cheaper price. Artificial marble is also stronger than the natural marble. But since the artificial marble is made by mixing acrylic resin, which is combustible, it cannot be used in kitchen. Natural marble or stones are not scratch-proof. It can get dented with knifes or kitchen utensils. So be careful with it and treat it delicately. As far as cleaning is concerned, clean it with wet clothes.
Though expensive, but natural marble brings in elegance even if it is just a small side table.
Artificial stones can be used in your bedroom like it is done here in shelves, bed and nightstands.
The beauty with glass is that it brings in sophisticated elegance into the space. The transparency of the material makes the space shine and if used in walls it could double the feel of spaciousness in the room. However, you have to be careful with glass and handle it delicately as it is brittle and can get scratches or break easily. Cleaning of glass and glass surfaces can be done easily with glass cleaners available in market or even with damp clothes. Wipe it clean with dry clothes after cleaning it with damp clothes or else any residual water stain will be an eyesore.
Iron furniture is loved for its design and durability. However, the challenge with iron furniture is to prevent it from rusting. Iron like wood takes up moisture from atmosphere and gets rusted easily. So it should be painted or rust-treated properly to avoid any damage. Colour the iron furniture, it will make the environment bright and colourful. Another challenge with iron furniture is its sharp edges or joints. It can cause accidents if left unattended. So be careful while selecting iron furniture especially when you have kids at home. For cleaning, you can wipe it with dry clothes and it is ready to shine.
Once again, like artificial stone, human beings have come up with artificial leather as a substitute for natural leather which actually is animals’ skin. Though artificial leather sofa is available in market, still natural leather is popular in furniture because of its durability and elegant texture. Furniture made of natural leather last longer than the artificial leather. To maintain the leather furniture, buy good quality soaps or creams especially made for leather furniture and clean the furniture with it at regular interval. Leather furniture is quite expensive, so they must be handled with respect and finesse.
Managing fabric is simple; at least you can wash it in home washing machine when you want to clean it. But you have to be careful while washing. Always wash white curtains or any white or light coloured fabric separately. While washing coloured fabric, be careful so that the colour of one doesn’t stain the other. While drying it out in the sun, do it with inside out so that the colour of the fabric doesn’t burn out. You can also clean the fabric of sofas and curtains which you can’t wash regularly with vacuum cleaner or simply by dusting off the dust from it.
Plastic has infiltrated our life and home so deeply that we have plastic as furniture too. We simply love it for its colour, style, flexibility and strength. Apart from all the qualities, plastic furniture is cheap and affordable. Market is just flooded with beautiful and attractive plastic furniture moulded in appealing design waiting to be taken home. However, plastic furniture too comes with its own limitations. It has to be kept away from heat and fire. Also prevent it from scratches and getting discoloured in heat. As far as cleaning is concerned, it can be washed and wiped to make it shine.
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