Bob Vila Radio: Winterizing Wooden Furniture

Wondering why your furniture and floors lose their luster in winter? All that dry indoor air can cause cracks, splits, and gaps in wood. Luckily, all you need is a little know-how to guard against damage.

When your heating system is cranking, dry indoor air can do a number on your wood furniture and, for that matter, any other wood that’s in your home. While indoor humidity levels range from 30 to 60 percent during the rest of the year, in the coldest months it can plummet into the teens.

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Listen to BOB VILA ON PROTECTING FURNITURE FROM DRY AIR or read on below:

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When that happens, the dry air takes moisture from anything it can, and that can lead to major problems: splits and cracks in furniture, woodwork, and walls; gaps in hardwood floors and cabinets; and doors that no longer fit properly.

To guard against that kind of damage, buy a high-quality furniture oil that penetrates the surface. Check the label, and avoid polishes that contain silicone—they won’t protect your furniture, and may cause build up, hiding the natural beauty of the wood.

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