It’s time you thought again if you hear the term wood veneer and instantly think of low price, slim, flat-pack furniture! Wood veneers are a great material for many furniture pieces as they have a clean look and a variety of colours and styles are available. In this article, we’ll talk about Everything About Wood Veneer Furniture.
What Is A Wood Veneer?
A wood veneer is made of a thin layer of natural hardwood, which is glued to a stable composite base material. A veneer is more affordable than solid timber. Natural, solid wood can result in warping as it is very susceptible to moisture. Veneers look great and are also long-lasting.
Advantages Of Wood Veneer Furniture
Wood veneer is far better for the environment. It is solid wood sliced into multiple pieces so much more can be made out of one piece of wood. There are numerous design possibilities for wood veneer furniture. The veneer is thinner than solid wood, it allows designs and arrangements of the wood that solid wood just couldn’t achieve. A piece of veneer furniture is stable as it is glued to a stable substrate, so the surface does not warp or split.
Wood Veneer Finishes:
There are a variety of wood veneer finishes available, each with its features and benefits. 3 Varieties are mentioned below.
1. Walnut Veneer
For a warm, rich and tactile look, opt for walnut veneer furniture. Style alongside Black Chrome Dining Chairs for a visually strong, dark luxe look. Also, try styling your walnut veneer alongside glass furniture to lift and lighten your space.
2. Oak Veneer
Oakwood veneer furniture has a lighter look, with a slightly modern feel. You can style it alongside some slightly more modern finishes. An oak veneer dining table or set of side tables adds a hint of wooden texture to your room. Besides, it keeps your space looking bright and fresh.
3. White Oak or Painted Veneer
A white oak veneer allows you to create a fresh and modern look. But the veneer isn’t shiny or reflective. If you want a crisp and contemporary finish, take a look at a white oak veneer. You get a lovely wood grain running throughout the surface. With a painted wood veneer finish you do get a super fresh and modern look as well with the tactile qualities of a wooden finish.
Cleaning A Wood Veneer: Do’s and Don’ts
- Use a damp, soft lint-free cloth to clean a wood veneer surface, whether that’s a dining table or sideboard. Always wipe in the direction of the wood grain. Apply a dab of mild dishwashing detergent to your cloth and again wipe in the direction of the wood grain to tackle stubborn marks caused by food and drink.
- Regularly dust your wood veneer with a dry, soft cloth. For quick cleaning, you can spray a wood veneer with a light layer of non-ammonia glass cleaner and wipe it with a paper towel.
- Avoid using any furniture polishes that contain wax or silicone for cleaning. Wax can develop up on your veneer furniture and over time, lead to a cloudy and uneven appearance. Silicon leaves behind an unpleasant white residue that destroys the furniture finish.
- Only use soft cleaning agents and clean cloths to maintain the surface.
Maintenance Of Your Wood Veneer
Minor marks on veneer furniture can be treated with a few DIY furniture restoration tricks. Before you start, be sure to clean your veneer with mild soap and some water to remove any dirt, wax or silicone deposits. For marks and small scratches, apply high-quality furniture polish to hide small scratches in the wood furniture finish. For this, rub the polish in with a soft cloth until the scratch is no longer visible. Moreover, for deeper scratches, there are a variety of furniture repair kits that will help to fill and colour any nicks or gouges. Make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions first and test a small patch.
How To Care For Your Wood Veneer
There are three main things you’ll need to keep an eye on.
1. Sun Damage
The colour of wood veneer furniture can fade if exposed to direct sunlight over long periods. Do not place wooden furniture in front of windows or direct sunlight. Moreover, you can always protect your veneer with blinds, curtains or UV screens.
2. Moisture Damage
Liquids can seep through the veneer and loosen the glue from the surface. So, if you spill any liquid on your wood veneer dining table, wipe it as soon as possible. Never use a sponge as it spreads the liquid. A Paper towel or a clean dishcloth is suitable. Besides, utilize coasters under glasses to prevent water rings. Water rings can cause damage to veneer tables by soaking the finish and changing its opacity. Use mats and coasters each mealtime.
3. Heat Damage
Heat or steam from very hot plates can loosen the glue holding the veneer to the surface underneath. Avoid this by using placemats and coasters each mealtime. Do not place plates and dishes straight onto a wooden veneer table surface from the oven as it damages the surface. Moreover, you can use a heatproof mat and help protect the surface.
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