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    4 Things that Keep Your Dining Room Furniture in Great Shape

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    Whether your dining room is used daily or only on holidays, you want to keep the furniture in good shape.  Here are 4 tips for keeping your dining room furniture looking great:

    • Dust Often– Dust is naturally abrasive and leaves microscopic scratches all over a wooden surface, causing it to appear dingy.  The best way to avoid this is to dust often, even when you don’t think you need to.  Dust at least weekly in order to prevent the buildup of dust. Use a dusting cloth or cloth mitt, and do not use a feather duster, as these can scratch the wood.  Avoid any type of cleaning pad or wipe that will leave behind a residue.  Residue will attract even more dust.
    • Deal with Issues as They Occur– While tidying up after dinner, look for nicks and scratches that may have recently appeared on the chair legs, water rings and cracks in the finish of the table’s surface, tears in the fabric padding, etc. Deal with these issues as they happen so that they do not worsen.
    • Protect Furniture Properly– Scratches are inevitable on all wood surfaces, but with the right precautions, your wood dining room set will stay in good shape.  Use linen or cotton tablecloths and placemats rather than other courser woven ones that can potentially scratch the surface, or plastic or other synthetic fibers that could leave behind a residue.  Buy or make cork or felt pads to keep underneath heavy candlesticks, flower arrangements, or other centerpieces.  Replace the cork or felt several times per year to ensure they are still effective.  When the table is not in use, cover it with the leaf or soft tablecloth.  When a spill occurs, wipe it up immediately.  Use hot pads under any hot plates to prevent heat damage.
    • Call the pros when needed!Even when you take every possible precaution, your dining room furniture will likely still need the attention of a good professional refinishing service in order to keep it looking its very best.  The best wood refinishers will make your dining room tabletop and chairs smooth and beautiful once again.  Over time, fabric will fade and become worn, and cushions will lose their padding.  A good upholsterer can recover them to be soft, functional, and beautiful again.

    Jax Furniture Refinishing & Upholstering is the best wood refinishing shop Jacksonville FL homeowners rely on for their dining room furniture, favorite armchairs, and heirloom antiques alike.  We are the trusted name in antique restoration, wood refinishing, custom upholstering and the first choice among homeowners throughout Ortega, Ponte Vedra, Sawgrass, San Marco, and Riverside Avondale.  When your fine furniture needs attention and care, call on us!