Furniture is expensive. If you own any furniture at all, you likely already know that. We use furniture for two reasons: practicality and style. That’s why it can be so disheartening to have your furniture get damaged. You’ll sit on the same chair for years, and one day it will just give in. Or, you’ll suddenly notice that your bookshelf isn’t looking as new as it did a couple of weeks ago. The worst is that these seemingly happen out of the blue, and you have no reason what cause it, so you have no idea where to start with preventing it.
In this post, we’ll be discussing five of the most common reasons for furniture damage, as well as how to prevent them.
Insects are never something you want in your house. But you especially don’t want them if they’re the types of insects that can cause damage to your furniture. For example, termites can chew through wood, weakening it until it starts breaking. Even bed bugs, which don’t chew furniture, can still cause enough damage that you may feel the urge to get rid of your furniture.
There are a few things you can do in order to get rid of insects. There are some sprays that you can apply to furniture to discourage insects from living there, but your best bet would be to get an exterminator or try to follow a “How to get rid of bed bugs guide” to help you free your house from the critters.
2. Water Damage
If your furniture outside is getting damaged, it may be due to the fact that it’s not meant to be used as outdoor furniture. Outdoor and indoor furniture vary in many ways, but the big one is that outdoor furniture is designed to be able to withstand a lot of the elements, including water.
Using indoor furniture outside is not a good idea. If you think this is the case, simply move the furniture indoors. If, however, your indoor furniture is being damaged, it could be that water is somehow affecting it. The most likely reason for this would be a leak in the rood that causes water to drip onto the furniture. The easiest solution would of course be to simply move the furniture out form under the leak, but the most effective way would be to determine the cause of the leak and then try to fix it.
If your furniture looks chewed, and those bite marks are too big for a termite, it may be that your four-legged friend is causing the damage to your furniture. Dogs especially are known for chewing on furniture, leading to damage. Your pet is likely not doing this to be naughty, but simply because they are bored or lonely. Solutions for this would be to get your pet a playmate, or to ensure that they are kept busy while you are at work.
4. Weather Conditions
If you live in a very rainy or damp area, or an area where there is a lot of moisture in the air. Your furniture could be damaged. Any type of moisture will cause damage to your furniture, especially if it’s exposed to it for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this (unless you think it’s a valid reason for a move). You can opt for more durable materials, such as plastic instead of wood.
If you live close to the sea, the salt in the air can also affect your furniture. Once again, there aren’t many solutions for this, as it’s caused by nature. Just be sure to clean and maintain your furniture.
If you’re considering moving, don’t be in too much of a hurry. Excessive sunshine can also cause severe damage to furniture, especially wood. This type of damage can be lessened by moving the furniture out of direct sunlight, although that means you may have to move it throughout the day as the sun moves, which isn’t a realistic solution.
To sum it up: extreme weather conditions (in either direction) will certainly cause damage to your furniture over time.
5. Improper Cleaning And Care
The products and methods you use when it comes to cleaning and taking care of your furniture play a big role in its condition. Too much cleaning or polishing, and you risk damage. However, the same can be said of too little cleaning or polishing. There are also different methods of going about this, and the way you’re doing it might be causing more harm than good. The easiest way to prevent damage as a result of this is to do research on how to take care or your furniture when you first get it.
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