How to prolong the life of your furniture

In any establishment, your furniture sees a lot of use. Here’s how to get the most out of it

Whether you’re running a hotel, a restaurant, a care home or something else entirely, keeping up appearances is vital when it comes to interior design. Your furniture may see a lot of use, but let any wear and tear slide and you’re instantly sending the wrong message to customers and visitors. Interior settings in any establishment have to look and feel new in order to meet the rising expectations of those using them, but this can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

Thankfully, there are things you can do to stop the furniture in your venue showing its age and use. This involves a keen eye, a close level of care and making the right choice when it comes to choosing furniture in the first place.

Caring for upholstered furniture

Upholstered furniture is among the easiest to damage, and seating is particularly susceptible to the signs of wear and tear. But there is plenty you can do to help prolong the lives of your upholstered items.

Some of this has to do with the room’s layout. Aim to keep your furniture at least 50cm away from sources of direct heat like radiators and open fires. You should also avoid too much exposure to sunlight to prevent the upholstery fading over time.

Daily care can also help to keep your seating in tip-top condition. Make sure that seat and back cushions are kept smart by plumping and straightening them every day, and remember to rotate cushions so that they wear evenly and more slowly.

The way furniture is used can also determine its quality decline over time. Discourage users from sitting on the arms of seating, as this can damage the frame, or sitting on the edges of cushions, as this can alter their shape.

You may find that some seating areas are more popular than others in your establishment, such as a particular restaurant table. To avoid these seats wearing faster, be sure to rotate your seating regularly, taking care to lift furniture by the base so you don’t damage the frame by dragging.

Caring for wooden furniture

Wood furniture requires more than a light dusting every now and then, especially in a commercial setting where you have to constantly make an impeccable impression. Wood is susceptible to temperature, light and moisture, but there are things you can do to help it last longer.

Make sure you don’t use overly strong cleaners when wiping down your wood, as this can cause long term damage to the surface. Usually, a wet cloth followed by a dry one will do the trick, though mild detergents can be used if necessary.

Like upholstered items, you should make the effort to keep wooden furniture out of direct sunlight as much as possible, as UV rays can cause fast-acting permanent damage to wooden surfaces.

Temperature is also a factor, so make sure guests always use coasters. Glasses containing hot or cold drinks can discolour the surface as moisture soaks into the wood. Over time, humidity can also cause the wood to crack.

For long-lasting results, consider having your furniture professionally polished once every couple of years at least. Just like you, your furniture needs a little rest and relaxation every now and then in order to thrive.

Always opt for quality

Caring for your furniture starts with choosing your furniture. It is always tempting to opt for the lowest-costing items for your venue, especially if you’re buying in bulk. However, opting for quality will help to save you money on repairs and replacements down the line.

YTM has almost four decades of experience in manufacturing and delivering high quality contract furniture solutions to a variety of venues.If you are looking for high quality contract furniture solutions for your business, contact YTM. Call today on 01977 66 50 50 or, to leave an enquiry, click here.

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