BS&R How To: Keep your Furniture in Shape

When it comes to wood in your house there are a lot of warning signs to know when you need to maintain, clean, update or renovate your piece. What is worse than when a hurricane comes and your shutters have swelled or rotted? Or it’s BBQ time and your patio furniture is rusted and flaky?

These seem like small things but they can lead to bigger problems; Patio furniture is more like an accident waiting to happen and your shutters aren’t stopping any gale force winds. When you really think about it, your family’s safety is at stake. No one wants a child around rusty furniture or splinter filled floors, or even worse poor grandma sits on a chair that’s seen better days and it falls apart.

This is when you have to heed the warning signs and know when to strip and refinish your pieces to keep them in prime shape.

Warning Sign #1: Flaking, Rusting, and Splinters

This is a sign most people don’t heed. What is some flaking paint anyway? But it can be a health hazard having pieces of paint everywhere and rust can be even more dangerous not to mention splinters. Taking the time to strip and refinish your pieces can alleviate this problem very easily.

Warning Sign #2: Mold or Mildew

If there is one thing in Bermuda that we all battle with its mold and mildew. Nothing good can come from your furniture when it’s plagued by these. Besides the obvious health issues, mold and mildew are also not the prettiest sight. Making sure your furniture is properly cleaned and maintained ensures this won’t happen. We are also able to bring back to life many pieces that have seen better days.

Warning Sign #3: Rotting or Decay

The third warning sign is rotting or decay. A chair or table that could fall apart at any moment is completely useless. What’s worse is that for many pieces you may not even know the rot is there or that it’s as bad as it is. Take the time to check for rot, even if it’s a small amount, and get it looked at. Your furniture could be saved rather than crumble apart.

Warning Sign #4: Broken or Missing Pieces

The most obvious of signs but you’d be surprised how many people don’t get these fixed. Small breaks, scratches, dents, and other random wear and tear often get overlooked but they are vital to keeping your furniture in working order. Functionality is key in any piece be it wood or metal.

As our founding service and namesake, our Stripping & Refinishing division continues to save clients time and money while setting the standard in Bermuda. So think about your family, think about your health, and think about your safety. Look for the warning signs now and bring your furniture back to life.


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