Furniture Care

Caring for Your Wooden Furniture

Ensure your furniture looks its best - enhance the natural beauty and texture of your wood.

Because it is naturally abrasive, dust is probably wood furniture’s biggest enemy, as it leaves microscopic scratches that dull a finish over time. Using a good quality wood polish will pick dust up from the surface of the wood and improve the rich, low-lustre finish. Guardsman’s Revitalising Wood Polish not only removes dust from wooden surfaces and enhances the wood’s natural beauty, but also includes UV absorbers, to protect your wooden furniture from colour fading caused by sunlight. It’s also important to dust regularly—even when it’s not time to polish! Weekly dusting prevents the build-up of dust that can result in fine scratches when everyday objects come into contact with the surface. All smooth surfaces should be dusted regularly—furniture, cabinets, walls, floors, electronics, appliances, and even leather furniture.  Guardsman’s Ultimate Dusting Cloth is specially treated to pick up and hold onto dust without the need for dusting sprays.  Soft and 100% cotton, it’s washable and reusable—and leaves no lint or dust-attracting residue!  For best results when dusting, always wipe in the direction of the wood grain.

Entertaining Can Be Tough on Wooden Furniture

Wooden furniture isn’t just for admiring—it’s meant to be used.  But entertaining also means accidents—water rings from a glass or heat marks from a hot dish—can leave your furniture looking damaged.  When the unexpected happens, Guardsman’s reusable Ring and Mark Remover Cloth easily eliminates minor blemishes from many wood surfaces including white rings, and other marks and stains caused by water, heat, alcohol, cosmetics, and paint.

A Few Easy tips to Keep your Dining Table Looking Great All Year:

Scratches—To avoid scratches, never slide anything (vases, plates, serving dishes, etc.) across a wooden surface.  Light surface nicks and scratches can be treated with Guardsman Wood Touch-Up Markers. Guardsman Wood Filler Sticks quickly repair scratches and blemishes that go beyond the surface and require filling and won’t shrink, dry out, discolour, or rub off.  Deep scratches can be costly—even requiring professional restoration.

Liquids—Wipe up spills immediately, and check liquid hasn’t seeped under any objects, such as a vase, where it can “pool” and dry, causing damage to the finish.
Use linen or cotton tablecloths & placemats on wooden dining furniture and sideboards—Vinyl and plastic materials can damage some wooden finishes or leave residues behind that build up on the surface of your furniture.  Over time, these materials can make surfaces sticky and cause discolouration. Also, do not place hot dishes, cups or plates directly onto any cabinet or table top, use insulated mats as protection.