How to care for industrial furniture?

Industrial furniture will add a luxury element to your home whether that be a table or bookcase. Assuming that you have a piece of furniture already, you will want to know how to care for it. How you care for your industrial furniture will depend on how the furniture was made and it was it is made from. Most pieces of furniture that are industrial will combine steel coated metal frames with solid wood.

High quality furniture will be made from solid wood and poor quality furniture will be made from MDF, chipboard or another type of mechanically made material. Assuming that your furniture is made from solid materials, you should care for each material individually. 

Use oil on metal to prevent rusting

As most industrial furniture has metalwork, you will need to oil the metal regularly to prevent rust from forming. The best type of oil to use for metal work is either raw linseed. If rust has already formed, you can in many cases remove the rust by using a product made for the purpose such as WD40 or you can use steel wool or a wire brush to scrub it off but you should be careful as the metal could be sharp and if there is a finish on the metal doing this may damage it.

Sometimes this process has to be repeated two or three times for the best results and unfortunately every metal will require a different process for care so the best thing to do is find out what metal you are working with and go from there. Avoid applying any chemicals, since these can damage the finish.

Caring for the wood

  • Wood must be oiled every 6 months to prevent it from cracking
  • Do not allow the wood to get wet for long periods of time
  • Do not place wooden furniture near high humid areas
  • Use natural beeswax polishes to enhance the grain and reduce risks of scratches.
  • For coffee tables, you should use coasters for hot drinks
  • Do not use silicone or solvent based cleaning products

Protect the powder coating

To clean the legs and to make sure that the powder coating doesn't get damaged you should only use a damp cloth to clean the legs and should ensure to dry them after. If the powder coating gets scratched, it may chip off and if it does the rest of the coating could chip away more easily. At the first sign of damage you can try to repair or lacquer the metal to protect it for many years to come.
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