Wooden products are sustainable, eco-friendly and add a little charm and warmth to your homes. They are strong, resilient and last for a long time. All these advantages of wood which comes with you investing in wooden products for your home, requires a little effort and attention on your part to return the favour to keep that charming and fresh look alive. There are many ways to take care and maintain wooden products to keep it shiny, safe and fresh.
Not all wood needs to be maintained using different techniques to be used—but if it requires regular cleaning or comes into close contact with people, wood greatly benefits from the addition and maintenance of a finish. Wood is, after all, inherently resilient and can last a lifetime or more if properly maintained, gaining both familiarity and grace as it ages.
Specifically, wood in the kitchen is wood at work: Here it is subject to far greater use and more extreme cycles of expansion and contraction that happen with washing, and it’s also often in direct contact with the very food that we eat. It’s important, therefore, to use discretion in choosing a finish for wooden kitchen items and for wooden products in general.
Here are various different ways you can maintain wooden products and keep it safe and shiny:
- Apply a finish on it once a few months as a protective coating
Choosing a clear finish for wood involves trade-offs between appearance, protection, durability, safety, requirements for cleaning, and ease of application. Choose one which suits your requirements to maintain wooden products. Various things like varnish, lacquer, wax and oil can be used as a coating for maintenance of your wooden items. Apply a layer of the finish gently on the surface of the wood, make sure not to overcoat and wait till it absorbs the finish. Keep it alone sometime for drying and then finish it off by cleaning it with a dry cloth after it’s been absorbed.
- Waterproof your wooden products to keep it safe from harm
When unprotected and exposed to water, wood has the tendency to be stained, to warp, and to rot. Therefore it’s necessary to protect your wooden products from water and keep it safe from harm. Polyurethane, varnish, and lacquer are tried-and-true sealants with excellent waterproofing properties. They’re either brushed or sprayed onto clean, sanded wood and then allowed to dry completely. For best results, apply your finish in a “room temperature” environment. And never shake or briskly stir sealants before application; doing so can cause air bubbles that would remain on the surface, even after the sealant dries.
- Sanding to keep it smooth and maintain its shine
Wooden Products can benefit greatly from a little sanding once in a while. It maintains its smooth texture and keeps the shine alive. To start sanding the surface make sure the whole surface should be clean and free from all dirt and oils. Do not start sanding with very fine sandpaper. Prepare the surface by using medium paper first, and then proceed to finer grades. On most wooden products, start sanding in the direction of the grain of the wood. Do not over sand the surface or you may seal the wood so much that it will not take a finish.
- Washing and cleaning wooden products in regular intervals
Wooden products like bowls, spoons and ladles, chopping boards and platters often retain the odour and leftovers when it comes in contact with food. For best maintenance of the wooden products in your home, you need to ensure that it’s cleaned and washed at regular intervals. To clean it, start cleaning using a gentle scrubbing brush or scrub with a little soap (make sure soap is wood friendly) and wash it thoroughly with your hands. Afterwards, dry it with a clean cloth and keep it out in the open to dry further. Do these steps as frequently as possible to maintain the shine and keep it safe and clean.
- Using homemade and natural sealants
For maintenance of your wooden items you can use milder, natural solutions. You can make truly effective, natural wood polishes. Not only will they be better, cooperating with the wood rather than blasting it chemically, they will also be cheaper and safer for your families. Plus, it’s just really easy to do, and most of the ingredients are likely to already be in the kitchen. Things like coconut oil, linseed oil, oil and vinegar or olive oil and lemon will moisturize, revitalize, and protect the wood. They make great sealants protecting wood from burrowing insects, wear and water.
Applying these maintenance steps regularly rather than waiting until they are absolutely needed will provide healthier, longer-lasting wood and keep it safe and shiny all the time, and even better, provide a healthier, long-lasting lives for us.
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Written by Anjali