If you live somewhere that experiences winter or cold weather then here are some ways that you can help your solid wood furniture in Vaughan stay protected during the colder months. When your cold conditions get bad, your home can suffer in many different ways. Any wooden surfaces, like chairs, tables, cabinets, and desks, are vulnerable, in particular, to harsh winter conditions. If you are looking to protect your solid wood furniture so that you can avoid costly repairs during the spring and summer, then here are some important steps that you should take.
How does Winter Affect Wood?
There are two main factors that affect your wood surfaces: moisture and cold temperatures. Wood is a porous and flexible material that, if left unprotected, will be able to fill up with particles that fit, like water, funghi, and bacteria. When temperatures lower, the water inside of the wood will contract and freeze then expand, which forces the wood to bend and snap eventually. But not only that, resilient funghi will thrive in damp environments like mold and mildew, which can spread and cause rot.
How to Protect Your Solid Wood Surfaces
One of the major keys in protecting your wooden features during winter and all year, is to keep things clean, protect pores and cracks in the wood and prevent moisture from snow and ice from piling up.
Remove Water Stains
The most efficient way to clean your wooden surfaces is by removing water to prevent mold or mildew. Just get some toothpaste and put it on a soft cloth. Wipe the stain until it is gone! After that, wipe up any residue with a damp cloth then let it dry.
Sealing Cracks and Gaps
If your solid wood furniture is developing a crack, it’s important that you make the necessary repairs to help keep moisture and other contaminants from getting inside the wood. The primary way to do this is to use a caulking gun loaded with wood filler/caulk. Make sure that you fully fill in all of the gaps and let the material dry before you paint over the surface with paint, sealant or stains.
Painting, Staining and/or Waterproofing
Bare wood will not stand a chance against winter conditions. This is why you must coat it with paint, stain or other type of waterproof seal. Every option will have its pros and cons. Paint is thicker than stains and seals and will allow for more colour variety. Solid wood stains and sealers will penetrate the wood’s pores and effectively waterproof it at a deep level. Plus, most stains, seals or paints will offer a type of UV protection, which is also important during sunny winter days. If you are unsure on whether to go with stain, seal or paint, you can get advice from your local painters, and they can also help you apply it.
If you are looking for single-cushion couches, living room furniture, accent chairs, accent furniture, or any kind of solid wood designer furniture, then you owe it to yourself to get into Interiors Furniture Galleries. Our professional and knowledgeable staff will help you find the piece that fits your space best and will survive the winter. Come in today!