Things To Remember When Cleaning Amish Furniture

By Tobin Dimmitt

 

There's simply nothing else that compares to the authentic hardwood look created by Amish furniture. The level of detail and craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece is unparalleled in terms of quality. Whether you're looking for a new bedroom suite, dining table or just some chairs for the living room, you're sure to get the best bang for your buck with Amish furniture. Like all furniture, though, you'll have to spend some time cleaning it; otherwise, you run the risk of allowing dirt and dust to develop on it. While a dirty piece of Amish furniture typically isn't going to cause an real problems, allowing layers of dust to remain can actually stain it down the road.

 

Know Your Furniture
Because Amish furniture is made out of a number of different materials, the cleaning process varies from piece-to-piece. For instance, some of the most common hardwoods used in the construction of Amish furniture are oak, cherry and maple, all of which have their own unique characteristics and properties. It's important to determine what type of wood your Amish furniture is so you better clean it. Also, take a minute or two to closely inspect your Amish furniture pieces to locate any hidden grooves that may catch dust and dirt. Joints and drawer slides oftentimes go unnoticed by owners, and as a result, they continue to build up dust and dirt.

 

Go With The Grain
When cleaning your Amish furniture, a good rule of thumb to follow is to always go with the grain of the wood. Whether you're dusting it or adding a coat of polish, never go in the direction against the grain, as this runs the risk of having fibers torn off and stuck inside the wood. It's usually fairly easy to tell how the grain runs with most Amish furniture. Just get down and take a close look at and you should see the direction which the grain flows.

 

Avoid Excessive Moisture
Amish furniture is made out of authentic hardwood, and like all wood, it can become damaged when too much water and moisture is exposed to it. While you probably aren't going to hose your new furniture down with water anytime soon, things like a cool mist humidifier and too much cleaning product may cause moisture damage on your furniture. If you notice water or moisture on your furniture, immediately take a towel and wipe it down.

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