Many things can be done to protect furniture and lengthen its usable life, according to HGTV. Vacuum upholstered furniture weekly to keep dust and dirt from damaging the fabric, and flip and rotate removable cushions regularly to even out patterns of wear. Use arm caps made from identical fabric to protect chair and sofa arms. Spray-on fabric protectors protect upholstery from stains and spills. Closely follow label directions.Continue Reading
Keep leather furniture away from heat sources and sunlight. Leather is particularly vulnerable to this type of damage. Vacuum leather furniture regularly to remove dust and dirt. Check with the manufacturer to find out what leather cleaning product and method is recommended for the specific type of leather.
Dust wood furniture frequently with a soft, damp cloth or lamb's wool duster. If using a cloth, dampen it lightly with water, wood polish or a spray made for dusting. Since wood naturally contains water in its fibers, keep wood furniture away from heat sources and direct sunlight to protect it from drying out. Choose either furniture polish or wax to protect wood, and never use both products on wood furniture.
It is also a good idea to check with a furniture expert before attempting to clean antique furniture, or furniture that is in poor condition, without any previous experience.Learn more about Furniture
Almost anyone can do re-upholstery work on basic furniture pieces, such as a dining room chair's slip-seat, notes The Family Handyman. More complicated pieces, such as recliners, can require additional skills and special tools.Full Answer >
In order to disassemble IKEA furniture, either find old instruction manuals or download the manuals from the IKEA website, then follow the manuals in reverse order, removing all screws and parts in the opposite order that they were initially installed. It is important to keep track of all the parts of the furniture, and possibly relabel the furniture and hardware for future reassembly.Full Answer >
To sell your furniture, determine the right price, decide how to sell, and negotiate prices with potential buyers. Options for selling furniture include yard sales, online sales, professional liquidators, used furniture dealers and local newspaper ads.Full Answer >
To antique furniture, sand the item that you want to distress, paint it, and then either sand again or apply candle wax. If desired, you may varnish with polyurethane.Full Answer >