Easy Steps to Maintain Your Custom Millwork

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Keep your custom millwork looking like new with these easy tips!

High-quality interior millwork makes a classic, beautiful addition to any home or business! It is easily adapted to any style and maintains its durability over time. It’s the perfect investment to create a sophisticated, cohesive look throughout your space. To keep your custom millwork looking new, you must put in the time and effort to take care of it like you would any other feature in your home. We here at Mahogany Inc uphold the highest standards when it comes to custom woodworking. Here are some simple maintenance tips to keep your millwork in pristine condition for years to come.

Dust Regularly

Routinely dusting your millwork is crucial because these particles can be damaging and scratch your finish if left unchecked. Airborne dust builds up on surfaces over time, and wood is no exception. Use a dry, soft cloth to gently wipe down your interior wooden elements a couple of times a month.

Use the Proper Cleaning Supplies

You should only use cleaning products specifically made for your custom millwork. Harsh chemicals, and even some waxes and polishes, can damage the wood or stick to the surface and impede future touch-ups. Use a damp cloth to clean any dirt or debris around your millwork. Make sure to dry the surface thoroughly to prevent water from seeping into the wood.

Monitor Humidity Levels

Wood surfaces and furniture are very susceptible to moisture. If there’s too much moisture in the air, wood will absorb it and expand. If the air becomes too dry, it will release water and contract. These changes in humidity can weaken the structure of the wood and warp the appearance of it over time. The humidity inside your space should not be higher than 50% or 70°F. You may want to consider installing a dehumidifier to regulate moisture levels; this will save your millwork in the long run.

Avoid These Common Mistakes

Do not subject your millwork to any repetitive or excessive impact, such as unloading heavy items onto wood surfaces or allowing children to play on furniture. Many modern finishes are flexible and will show evidence of impact and pressure applied to them. Avoid placing any electrical appliances on top of your custom millwork. The heat from these appliances can leave marks on the wood. Monitor the amount of sunlight your millwork is exposed to. Prolonged exposure to UV light from the sun can cause the wood to fade. Keep curtains closed during peak hours of the day to reduce UV exposure. Turn on exhaust fans while cooking in the kitchen or taking showers in the bathroom to prevent moisture from building up.


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