Every now and then we're asked for tips and tricks for caring for wood so we've compiled a list that should see your favourite wooden item lasting that little bit longer.
- Keep away from extremes. The midday sun or a heating vent are possibly the worst thing that can happen to your wooden product. The fluctuation in temperature means numerous things can happen to the wood, from the varnish cracking to the wood bowing or twisting.
- Dust. Dusting is not just to make things look nicer, it also prolongs the life of wood. Over time dust creates a surface film which can scratch the surface when cleaned or items are moved on it.
- Use soap and water instead of all-purpose cleaner. There's nothing better than a little soap and water to clean a wooden surface. Just ensure you don't leave any water residue on the surface. It's impossible to tell how wood will react to a certain chemical in a cleaning foam/spray and it's normally best to keep away from them.
- Don't use the dishwasher. The hot water causes the wood to dry and slowly warp. If your utensil has any wood glue (common in cutting-boards) the heat will cause the glue to loose its binding strength and you could end up with a few more pieces than when you started.
- Use your cooking oil. If your wooden spoon or cutting-board is looking a bit dry and starting to warp, simply pour some of your cooking oil into a paper-towel or clean rag and give it a coating (just enough so it feels a little oily to the touch) and leave overnight.
- Shoe polish and felt tip pens. The best way to cover up scratches and chips is by finding a shoe polish or felt tip pen that matches the colour of the wood. Be sure to use it sparingly and try and find a place that is inconspicuous to test the colour first. The foot or leg of a piece of furniture is normally a good place.