While the excitement of the holiday season is sure to delight you and your loved ones, the cold weather can actually pose a serious problem to the furniture in your home. If you have wood or leather furniture, it’s a good idea to know a few tips to preserve it during the colder months to keep it comfortable and beautiful for as long as possible.
Caring for Wood Furniture in Winter
In winter, the humidity changes in the air tend to pose more of a problem than the temperature as long as you keep your home a consistent temperature year-round. A few easy tips for protecting your wood furniture in winter include:
- Keep your hardwood furniture away from direct heat sources. If your wood tables and chairs are near direct heat sources, the exposure to the heat can dry out the wood. Wood will naturally expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity and drying it out too much leaves it prone to cracking and splintering.
- Maintain a consistent humidity level inside your home. During the winter, 40% to 45% tends to be the ideal range. You can use a humidifier to add moisture to the air if necessary, and this will help keep your hardwood furniture healthy.
- Lemon oil can be a great way to rehydrate your hardwood furniture. It can also help protect your hardwoods from sun exposure if they are positioned near windows that get lots of sunshine.
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These tips will help you protect your hardwoods in winter, but what about the leather upholstered furniture in your home?
Protecting Leather Furniture During the Winter
Many of the same winter care tips for hardwood furniture apply to leather in winter as well. Keep your leather furniture away from direct heat sources such as heating vents, space heaters, and fireplaces. This will lead to the leather drying out, hardening, and ultimately cracking.
It’s also a good idea to keep it as clean as possible with a high-quality leather cleaner. Try to refrain from using too much water to clean up spills and messes on your leather furniture as leather is very absorbent and absorbing too much water will damage it.
Maintaining a consistent humidity level inside your home is just as important for your leather in winter as it is for your hardwood furniture. Too much moisture will eventually damage the leather, so work to keep your home’s humidity in the 40% to 45% range at all times.
Caring for your furniture is important. If you spent good money on high-quality furniture you should do everything you can to protect it all year long. Heritage House Furniture offers a wide range of professionally crafted furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and all throughout the home. Contact Heritage House Furniture today to learn more about the hardwood and leather furniture we offer and easy tips for making your investment last as long as possible.