Now that summer is (what feels like, finally) here, it’s important to protect your furniture from the sun’s powerful rays. Sure, your home’s roof and many walls are a good start, but there’s a lot more you can do to protect your wood furniture from the irreversible effects of sun exposure.
Prolong the life of your wood furniture and keep it in tip-top shape for years to come by...
Utilizing Blinds and Shades
The best way to prevent the sun from damaging your furniture? Block the sun out altogether! Drawing your window treatments when the sun is at its strongest will prevent the sun’s rays from hitting your furniture.
As an added bonus, it will also help keep your home cool, effectively lowering your energy bill — talk about a win, win!
Applying a Window Film
Solar window films are becoming more and more popular, especially among people with south-facing homes that are constantly bombarded by the summer sun. With the ability to reflect up to 99% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, window films keep harmful rays out while still letting the light in.
Applying a Sealant to Your Furniture
If you fancy yourself a DIY-enthusiast, we’ve got your next weekend project right here! Coating your wood furniture is a fool-proof way to ensure it never fades, regardless of how much it’s exposed to the sun.
But because different sealants provide certain additional benefits, it’s important to find the right one for you.
- Varnish: Ranging in finishes from matte to high-gloss, varnish can be thought of as a top coat that will protect wood furniture from UV damage.
- Lacquer: Lacquer is an easy-to-apply polish that can repair small scratches and scuff marks, and provide some defense against sun damage.
- Polyurethane: Not only will polyurethane protect your wood from the sun, but it will also bring out your wood’s natural beauty.
Rearranging Your Furniture
Breathe new life into your home by rearranging the furniture in the more sunny rooms of your home. Moving wood furniture (especially dark-stained wood, which will show signs of sun damage faster) away from large windows will help prolong its life.
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