The Fall Of Cheap Furniture And The Return Of Oak

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The Fall Of Cheap Furniture And The Return Of Oak
There comes a point in your life when dealing with cheap, mass-produced furniture becomes tiresome and expensive. Places like Ikea offer their customers something that is cheap, convenient to transport and easy to put together but when you have to replace your furniture every few years, you start to realise that choosing the ‘cheap’ option may not always be so cost efficient in the long run. There’s a reason that prices are so low for this kind of thing: the quality is poor.

With the economy’s steady decline, people are becoming more and more suspicious of this kind of disposable living and fashion is changing accordingly too. Junk shops and second hand furniture outlets are now the go-to places for those in search of furniture that will last for life.
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This change in taste is bringing back materials and styles that were once considered ‘old-fashioned’. Oak furniture, with its distinctive and sturdy appearance, is now all the rage. No longer shall the beautiful dark wood remain relegated to grandfathers’ studies and antique shops. In light of these changing tastes, here are a few tips for taking proper care of your oak furniture.

Wax

For oak furniture that is finished with wax, this is perhaps the most important factor in caring for anything that is kept indoors. If it is a new piece, one should make sure to apply a good wax coating every other month or so for the first few years and then a couple of times a year afterwards. Natural beeswax is the preferred treatment for quality oak, as it not only protects and conditions the wood but it also brings out the wonderful colours and textures of the wood. Make sure you apply the wax using a smooth, non-abrasive cloth, gently working the wax into the surface of the wood and smoothing it along the direction of the grain. Then leave it for ten minutes before using a clean, dry cloth to wipe off any residual wax.
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Oil

If you’re piece has been finished with oil instead of wax, the process for protecting it is very similar. Use a good, smooth cloth without any lint on it and smooth the oil in, in the direction of the grain, leave for ten minutes and then remove the excess oil with another clean cloth. This should be done two or three times a year. Make sure that the oil you choose is appropriate for the kind of oak you are working with.

Heat

Indoor furniture should be kept out of continuous, direct sunlight because the light can cause the wood to dry and lose it’s colour, or even warp and crack. For dinner tables, a large tablecloth will do the trick and simultaneously help to protect the wood from stains and scratches. Similarly, radiators and heaters should be kept away from oak furniture.

Cleaning

Make sure never to use harsh chemicals on your furniture; they will eat through the protective coating and damage the wood. Instead, stick to natural, oil-based cleaning products for spillages and otherwise just use a cloth to take care of dust.

Stain Removal

It might sound crazy but the best way to get rid stains is to apply a little bit of butter to the stain, then leave it overnight and remove the butter in the morning with a clean cloth.

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Guest article by Charlie Jones.  Charlie was inspired to write this article after shopping online for solid Oak living furniture on National Furniture's webshop.

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