How To Protect Hardwood Furniture From Humidity

Amish hardwood furniture, handcrafted from genuine, solid oak, elm, cherry, and more is an excellent addition to any home. With some care and simple cleaning, solid wood furniture can last for decades looking as new as the day you brought it home.

How Should I Protect My Hardwood Furniture?
Properly caring for your solid wood furniture can help it last a lifetime, and luckily it’s easy to do!

Part of caring for hardwood furniture is keeping it clean. A quick daily dusting with a soft cloth or a cotton Guardsman® Dusting Cloth made specially for wood furniture will do wonders. For more information, read our article about Spring Cleaning for Your Furniture.

In addition to keeping your furniture clean, it’s also helpful to monitor the environment your furniture is kept in. The environment in your home includes both the temperature and the humidity, both of which can be easily measured using an inexpensive digital thermometer.

Monitoring Temperature
What temperature changes should you look for to keep your wood furniture in the best condition? Usually you only need to be mindful of extreme temperatures. Keep your furniture a safe distance from heating or air conditioning vents, as there will often be strong hot or cold air flow there. It’s also a good idea to keep wood pieces from getting too close to fire places too often.

Another place that the temperature can change often is near windows that receive direct sunlight. A healthy practice for solid wood furniture is to make sure it’s protected from getting too much sunlight. Simply drawing a curtain can be a great way to provide protection from sunlight.

Monitoring Humidity
Humidity in the southern part of the U.S. is usually slightly higher than in the northern parts due to the higher temperatures we usually see. With a little planning, the higher humidity won’t bother you at all.

As mentioned previously, if you don’t already have one, the humidity in your home can be measured easily from a digital thermometer that displays that information. Humidity is usually expressed as a percentage. The best number to keep your home at is from 30% to 50%.

So how do you keep your home between 30% to 50% humidity? A quick online search can provide plenty of different options! If you live in Texas where humidity can get high, acquire a dehumidifier than can lower the humidity in your home when it gets too high. If you live farther north, a humidifier can help increase humidity when it falls below the ideal level.

Enjoy Your Solid Wood Furniture!
With a little cleaning and temperature and humidity control, your hardwood furniture can last for a lifetime. Your favorite furniture may even be passed on to your grandchildren someday. If you’re still looking for the perfect piece of hardwood furniture to add to your home, visit Amish Oak in Texas at either our San Antonio or New Braunfels, TX stores to see our vast selection.

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