Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Taking Care Of Your Country Rustic & Primitive Home Décor Pieces

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Taking Care Of Your Country Rustic & Primitive Home Décor Pieces

Keeping those unique pieces in your home in top condition doesn’t have to be a major project. In most cases, simply keeping them clean and polished is all that is necessary. If you’re using the right cleaners and the correct polishing material the whole job shouldn’t take you that long at all.

If you must use a type of soap cleaner on any item, the best thing to use is a mild mixture of dish soap and water. Stay away from cleaners that have ammonia and other harsh elements in them. Your normal window cleaner is terrible on most woods and can even damage certain pieces of pottery. Glass cleaners where made for glass, not wood. Most commercially available polishes are not the best items to use on wood products either.

Wood itself is a living breathing item. It has pours and as such these pours can become clogged with all kinds of dirt and other elements that can damage the piece. If you must use an oil on a wood piece to restore some of the natural oils that deteriorate over time, use a quality oil specifically made for this purpose. In most cases you will not find these better quality oils in your normal grocery store. You may even have difficulty finding them at places like Home Depot or Lowes. The best places to look for these better grade oils are in Wood Workers Supply Stores or high end Furniture Dealers. You might check with a local furniture repair shop for advise on locating a source. I deliberately haven’t mentioned any specific brand because there are a number of good ones available. The problem is that every part of the country is a little different and many of these products are specifically formulated for that specific region. That is why it is best to find out what the experts are using in your particular area and use it.

Most wood pieces will not be hurt by a light wax finish to help protect the original finish. Again, the same principles apply to the type of wax you use as do to the type or brand of wood oils. Do your homework and it will pay off in the long run. In most cases, a quality paste wax is best. These spray on waxes or polishes you find in most grocery stores will only damage your piece over time. What is nice about a good paste wax is that it lasts a long, long time. Several thin coats are much better than one heavy coat.

Even a good quality wax will create a buildup over time and needs to be partially removed. Again, there are specific products made for removing wax from wood pieces. Use a quality product that you can find in your specific area. In most instances you will not need to remove 100% of the wax finish. Usually only the first couple of layers will be sufficient to restore the luster and appearance of the piece.

In some things, buying lesser quality doesn’t matter. In this case however, by spending the money up front, you will save in the long run. Having pieces repaired by a professional is expensive. You will save money by treating those unique pieces properly from the very start.

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