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Ways To Clean and Maintain Your Dining Set for Longevity

If you work from home, your desk chair will wear out after a year or two. You’ll need a new mattress every seven or eight years. After a decade, it’s probably time for a new big-screen TV. Your dining room set, however, should last for years and years—possibly even carrying over through generations. Fortunately, with proper care and cleaning, it can. Your next dining room set is a significant investment and a cornerstone of your home furnishings. We’ll help you treat it as such with a few ways to clean and maintain your dining set for longevity.

Don’t Let Dust Develop

Many families don’t sit at their dining room tables every night. Instead, kitchen tables or surfaces in front of the TV do the job on casual evenings. But a layer of dust on an unused table isn’t harmless; accumulated dust and other debris can scratch the table’s surface or cause discoloration. You can use a microfiber cloth or a feather duster to delicately remove particles from the surface and crevices of the furniture. If you use a damp cloth, make sure you dry the surface immediately to prevent water damage.

Wipe Spills and Stains Immediately

Speaking of water damage, spills and stains can cause permanent damage to your dining set’s finish and upholstery. As soon as you notice spills or stains, wipe them immediately with a dry or damp cloth, depending on the type of stain. Avoid using abrasive or harsh chemicals that can damage the surface of your furniture.

Insist Upon Coasters and Placemats

It only takes a few minutes of a hot coffee mug sitting on a dining room table to leave pale rings of wood damage that will remain visible for years. Placing coasters and placemats on your dining set protects its surface from scratches, heat damage, and spills. Unlike those vinyl covers your grandparents put over the upholstery, coasters and placemats are stylish and functional accessories that add a personal touch to your dining room decor. You can choose designs and colors that complement your dining set’s style and color scheme.

Use Polish and Wax

Polishing and waxing your dining set every so often can help maintain its natural luster and protect it from wear and tear. Use a high-quality furniture polish or wax that is suitable for your furniture type and finish. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure you buff the surface to a glossy shine.

Your dining set is more than an investment; it’s a point of pride for you and your family. These four ways to clean and maintain your dining set for longevity can keep any dining room ensemble looking beautiful. Here at Grand Furniture, we offer a variety of elegant yet affordable dining sets from contemporary to classic—and with the right care, any of our tables with chairs can become your family’s classic set for years to come.