5 tips to take care of your plywood furniture at home
As people are spending more time at home rather than offices, the demand for cost effective and multifunctional home furniture is likely to increase in 2021. Now, the furniture industry has to cater to quite a changed market trend and has to adopt new methods for doing so.
Benefits of plywood as the main furniture building material
Plywood now has a much greater prospect as the main furniture building material as compared to pure wooden ones. From being just a substitute to wood, plywood has now become the primary choice for builders and customers alike. Why?
- Believe it or not, plywood can be stronger than real wood! Plywood has a cross grained structure compared to unidirectional grains of wood, and is strong along every direction. Wood, on the other hand, is strong only along the grains. With the use of good veneer and adhesives, plywood can become even stronger and more durable.
- One of the main reasons why both builders and customers prefer plywood over real wood is because of its lighter weight. Wood is very heavy and hence can be very difficult to curve into furniture, particularly large or curved ones.
- No matter how good the quality, plywood will always be cheaper than real wood. In places where larger surface areas need to be covered with furniture, such as in offices, to smaller ones at home, plywood is much more cost effective.
- Plywood is one of the most eco-friendly and sustainable engineered products made.
Taking proper care of your furniture, or proper furniture hygiene is very essential to keep them as good as new for a long time. Use these simple yet effective means of taking care of your plywood furniture while keeping in mind the features of plywood.
How much dust your furniture collects depends on how and where you use it, but dusting frequently is always the rule of thumb. Plywood furniture should be dusted using a soft, dry microfiber cloth. Never use rough, abrasive or wired cleaning pads on your plywood furniture to avoid scratches. Dust at least once a week or as often as necessary. Dirt, oil and grime collect in the crevices and joints of your furniture over time. These are more persistent than dust and if left unsupervised, can degrade the colour and texture of the furniture. Use a soft brush to clear out dirt, food particles etc. from parts which are difficult to access.
- Cleaning stains
Certain things like oil, liquid food, moisturized and oily hands tend to form stains on plywood. But cleaning spills and stains from your plywood furniture will not be tricky if you tend to it immediately and not let it sit for long. You can use a specialized wood cleaning solution or you can simply make one with the ingredients in your kitchen! Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar and 2 teaspoon of coconut oil in a cup of water and your furniture cleaner is ready. Gentle soap diluted with water will also work well.
- Protection from humidity
One of the main steps of taking care of your plywood furniture is protecting it from moisture and humidity. These are the worst enemies of plywood furniture and prolonged contact will eventually cause the plywood to rot or develop moulds. Also, if it stays wet for a long time it can swell and lose shape and ultimately it splits along the layers. Though waterproof plywood is highly effective against moisture, it is important to place the furniture in places of the room that have proper ventilation and air flow. You can also use store-bought waterproofing for your furniture. These are mainly liquid latex substances that can be painted or sprayed upon plywood to form a waterproof coating.
- Protection from sunlight
Plywood is a strong and resistant material and will remain as new with some basic maintenance. One of these include not exposing the furniture to direct sunlight and extreme heat. This will eventually harm the texture and dull its lustre. Keep the plywood furniture in places of your room that do not get direct sunlight. If that is not an option, use curtains or other cladding to decrease the intensity of light and heat falling upon it. Heat resistant plywood is now being developed but manufacturing them isn’t easy. This is because wood is a naturally combustible material and not inherently heat resistant.
- Repairing scratches
If you are using plywood tables, use table cloths, table mats, coasters not only for aesthetics but also to prevent any scratches or dents on the plywood. However if you still notice any scratches or nicks on the surface of the furniture then use sand paper to repair the damaged area. This is best done as early as possible. If the scratches remain and grow into cracks then you may have to change the whole furniture. Also, experts recommend that you can use sand paper to refresh the look of your plywood furniture, but this should not be done more than once in two years. Plywood and engineered wooden furniture is undoubtedly the future of the furniture industry. It has solved almost all the difficulties that were faced while making as well as using pure wooden furniture. Plywood combines functionality with aesthetics. Of course, just like any other material plywood furniture too requires some basic take-care procedures and then they are ready to last really long. The popularity of plywood has been resurged owing to its striking and original designs. Also, if you look a little beyond furniture, plywood can also be efficiently used for flooring, roofing, wall sheathing and even DIY projects!