The use and the passage of time always takes its toll on furniture, even if its quality is the best on the market. The same thing happens with eco-friendly furniture: wear and tear also occurs. In addition, in the case of ecological furniture, it must be taken into account that they are made with environmentally friendly raw materials, such as chemical-free wood or materials that have been recycled and processed for a new use, so they may require more specific furniture cleaning care and maintenance.
In Pau we manufacture our furniture under an ethical and sustainable concept offering our customers the best products convinced of their durability. Therefore, in this post we are going to give you some tips on how to care for and clean your ecological furniture.
Commitment to green cleaning
Green cleaning is a concept that promotes the use of products that have a lower impact on the planet and on the health of consumers.
The vast majority of cleaning products we have at home contain toxic and chemical substances such as ammonia, phenol or perborate, which are highly polluting and harmful to the environment.
On the other hand, cleaning products formulated in an environmentally friendly way aim to boost sustainability: they are made with biodegradable, easy-to-recycle and less polluting packaging. On the other hand, they do not generate strong odors or vapors, are not abrasive and rarely generate an allergic reaction when in contact with the skin. In addition, they are not tested on animals.
Thus, choosing ecological products for the care of our furniture not only favors our health but also the care of the planet.
Tips on eco-friendly furniture care and cleaning
Buying eco-friendly furniture implies that we also treat them in an environmentally friendly way in their maintenance: only in this way can we ensure that they have a long useful life. In addition, if we contribute to a low environmental impact care we are ensuring that, once their life cycle is over, their reintegration into the circular economy will be easier, always betting on sustainability.
Here are some basic tips on furniture care and cleaning of eco-friendly furniture:
Day to day life in the home
The daily life of a home makes the furniture suffer wear and tear, so it is important to take certain guidelines to promote furniture care. It is necessary to ventilate and open the windows every day to avoid the excess of humidity since this expands the toxic elements. Plants also help to absorb these toxics, in addition to providing a decorative touch.
Use environmentally friendly products for cleaning
Many times we can find products sold as organic that in reality are not, as they contain some kind of toxic substance. It is therefore very important to check that these products meet three fundamental criteria: they have 100% biodegradable components, their design and manufacture have little environmental impact and their ingredients come from organic farming.
Some natural products that we have at home have an important cleaning power, although it may seem otherwise. For example:
- Vinegar: excellent ecological grease remover due to its high acetic acid content.
- Natural soap: cleans and disinfects any surface easily.
- Lemon: antioxidant that acts as a stain remover and also has a very good smell.
- Ethyl alcohol: it is the natural multipurpose par excellence that not only disinfects but also removes stains
- Glycerin: a non-toxic cleaner that helps to preserve fabrics and gums.
- Sodium bicarbonate: works against grease and as a disinfectant.
How to care for wood furniture? Wood is one of the surfaces that suffers the most wear and tear, as well as one of the most delicate, so it is very important to maintain proper care. To obtain a natural shine the best thing is to apply a mixture of olive oil with lemon juice on the surfaces that we want to highlight. If we add beeswax to this mixture instead of industrial wax, we will be able to maintain the surface in perfect conditions as well as to enhance its shine.
When applying the cleaner it is advisable to do it always in the direction of the grain of the wood and with a microfiber cloth that does not scratch.
As for the atmosphere in the house, too much humidity causes the wood to expand; on the other hand, if it is too dry, it can cause shrinkage or slight cracks in the panels.
Before applying any product, dry cleaning with a brush or vacuum cleaner is recommended to remove dust and dust mites that have accumulated. Then it is best to apply steam or hot water to soften the area, always using a sponge or soft cloth so as not to wear the fabric.
To clean fabrics it is best to use natural soap, a mixture of water with baking soda and lemon juice or vinegar, always depending on the type of fabric to be treated. To finish the cleaning we rinse the surface with a damp cloth and let it dry in the air.
As you have seen, ecological furniture requires specific cleaning and daily maintenance in order to keep it in the best possible conditions. From Pau, as sustainable furniture manufacturers, we recommend you to take into account the tips and guidelines of furniture cleaning care and maintenance that we have mentioned above in order to care for your furniture and extend its useful life as many years as possible.
Visit now our website and take a look at the design furniture catalogue to know what is the composition of each one of them, so you will know better how to carry out their daily care.