When you spend the money on beautiful hand-made furniture, you want to keep it looking like new for a long time. There are several things that you can do to make sure that your wood furniture stays looking good. 

Wipe Up Spills

One of the easiest things to do is to make sure that you wipe up spills as soon as possible. Leaving a spill on your wooden furniture for too long can cause warping. It can also cause a water mark on your furniture. Generally, these marks are white. If you get a water mark, you may be able to repair the wood and get rid of the water mark. What you need to do is to get some mayonnaise and spread it on the water mark. Leave it on there for a few minutes, and then gently wipe if off with a soft cloth. Make sure that you are using real mayonnaise on the stain, not a mayo substitute. The fats in the mayo help to restore moisture to the wood, which can get rid of the water mark. If it doesn't work the first time, you can add a little bit of wood ash to the mayonnaise and try again. 

Use Wood Cleaner

It may be tempting to clean your fine furniture with an all-purpose cleaner. However, that is a very bad idea. The reason for that is the all-purpose cleaners use a variety of cleaning chemicals so that they can clean everything. Those chemicals aren't good for the wood. They can damage the finish placed on your furniture and dry out the wood. All purpose furniture cleaners can also leave a residue that attracts dirt and dust. What you want to do is to use a cleaner that is specifically formulated for wood. There are products like specific oil soaps that are designed to clean off your fine wood furniture without leaving the residue or damaging your wood. Make sure that you use a soft, lint-free cloth when you clean your furniture. 

If you have spent the money to buy beautiful furniture for your home, you want to make sure that it is going to last for a long time. The best way to do that is to use proper precautions. Doing things like using coasters and placemats and avoiding using abrasive materials on your furniture is important, just as knowing the safest way to clean your furniture is.  For more information, contact a professional like Oak Unlimited Furniture Inc.