Furniture wear can catch up to you unexpectedly, particularly in an office setting with lots of people coming and going. In order to keep your desks, chairs and workspaces looking new and fresh for as long as possible, you should take steps to care for your furniture.
Often it’s your desk that will experience the most extreme usage, as it is where you spend most of your time. Items moving around, drink spills, and accidental bumps can put wear on your desk. Use these tips to maintain the look and quality of your office furniture as it supports your day-to-day work.
Caring for Veneer Furniture
- Wipe the surfaces of your furniture, in the direction of the grain, once a week using a clean, damp, soft cloth
- Keep harsh solvents away from the wood. Do not use cleaning products that contain wax or silicon, as the residue can affect the appearance of the wood. Lemon oil is a good alternative cleaner.
- Protect the surface from damage with a desk pad and by attaching felt or cork pads to accessories that could scratch the finish.
- Use a coaster for water glasses and hot mugs to prevent marks on the surface
- Avoid moving the furniture, and be especially careful when you do—once chipped, it can be difficult or impossible to repair
Caring for Laminate Furniture
- Regularly wipe the surface, in the direction of the grain, with a damp cloth
- Spray non-oily furniture spray onto the surface to fill any scratches, then wipe away excess product
- Be cautious when using heavy or sharp objects that could scratch the surface
- For stains, mix one tablespoon of baking soda with ¼ cup of water and gently scrub into the stain with a soft-bristled brush, then wipe with a clean cloth
Wood and Color Change
Wood furniture is susceptible to color changes from exposure to light, and some types of wood are affected more than others. While lighter finishes such as cherry tend to show color changes more than darker woods like mahogany, each will alter to some degree over time.
To minimize alterations caused by light, keep your furniture out of the direct sunlight as much as possible. Move items around on your desk, particularly during the first year, so that the surface sees equal amounts of light, and will not be shadowed with outlines.
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