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How To Keep Your Custom Woodwork Looking Its Best

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Custom woodworking is something of a dying art – not many people today make custom made wooden cabinets, trim or furniture as it is typically less costly for the consumer to buy a ready-made item. However, ready-made wood work typically lacks the unique individual touches and quality that custom woodwork does, which is why custom woodwork really is worth the extra cost. You get something customized to your exact specifications and something unique that will last for many years. Here are some tips to care for your custom woodwork items so they will continue to look their best.

Interior Woodwork

It is best to thoroughly clean your woodwork every three months with a soft cloth and a non-acidic cleaner made specifically for wood. You should also wax and polish after cleaning to keep the wood gleaming. In areas like the kitchen and bathrooms, you may need to clean more often as grease and grime tend to build up more quickly on woodwork in those areas.

Pour or spray the polish on a soft cloth instead of directly on the wood itself, then work it in going with the wood grain, not against it.

For woodwork filled with intricate details that may trap grease and debris, you can use a toothpick to pick out any dirt or grease or use an old toothbrush with soft bristles.

Exterior Woodwork

Exterior woodwork and doors need a different type of preventative care, as they are exposed to a great deal of moisture. Moisture will eventually destroy the integrity of the wood and exposure to sun and the other elements may weather the custom details.

The primary responsibility you have for outdoor woodwork is to ensure that you keep up regular varnishing or painting to keep out the moisture. If you notice the exterior woodwork looks like it is flaking or dull, it may be time to repaint or re-varnish.

In addition to keeping up the varnish and/or paint, make sure you wash the exterior woodwork on a regular basis as well. Some do not recommend using a pressure washer, as this can actually damage the wood. If you don't feel up to using the old-fashioned bucket of water and sponge method and insist on using a pressure washer, make sure it is on the lowest setting and that the water is not eating away into the wood itself.

By using these tips, you can keep your exterior and interior woodwork looking its best for many years. To find out more, contact someone like Warburton Woodworks Ltd.