Aside from their cosy style, wooden beds are a fantastic option due to their easy-to-care-for nature. Wooden beds are known for their brilliant durability, and when looked after properly, you can extend their longevity. Here are our top tips on how to look after your wooden bed, all of which are extremely simple…

What are the steps of looking after a wooden bed?

1) Dust

Before you move onto the more vigorous cleaning steps, the first action should always be giving your bed a good dusting. This should be the most regular cleaning undertaking you do for a wooden bed, removing dust every 1-2 weeks will avoid the build-up of dust which can trigger hayfever symptoms. Use a damp microfibre cloth gently, removing the dust particles by sticking to the cloth. By comparison, a dry cloth would simply push the dust particles around instead of removing them.

2) Find out what cleaning method is best for the type of wood

There’s a multitude of different types of wood used in bed frames, so it pays off to know how to look after the particular wood in your bed frame properly. These steps should be followed after you’ve dusted:

  • Painted finish: one of the easiest to care for, painted wooden beds can use a washing-up liquid solution to tackle any stains or grease. Don’t go overboard with the amount of moisture you expose to the surface as a lot is not necessary.
  • Veneer finish: because of the way the veneer is constructed, you must avoid exposing the surfaces to too much moisture. If this happens, it could cause irreversible damage to the veneer such as peeling or bubbling. Instead, stick to dusting your bed and for those extra stains, simply apply more pressure when wiping with a slightly damp microfibre.
  • Natural finish: similarly to veneer, you don’t want to over-expose natural wood to excess moisture unless it is sealed. If you’re unsure as to whether it’s sealed or not, it’s best to treat it as if it were unsealed. Using a damp, clean microfibre is the best way to keep your wooden bed frame stain-free.

3) Polishing

Note that you should only polish a wooden bed frame if it has a natural finish, painted and veneer wooden beds do not need this level of care.

When it comes to the polishing or waxing aspect of wooden furniture care, you only need to tackle this task every several months at most, even twice a year is a sufficient amount. Polishing or waxing are done to protect your wooden furniture as opposed to being a cleaning method, so it’s important that you ensure that the polish or wax you use is right for the type of wood in your bed frame. The method usually entails rubbing the polish or wax with the grain of the wood, however, you should follow the step-by-step instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Wooden Bed Care Guide

If you follow these simple instructions, your wooden bed frame will continue to look as good as new for many years to come. Good luck!