Furniture Care 101

How do you keep wood looking good? One word: attention—and it’s easier than you might think!

Abbott Table and Chauncey Chairs

Shown: Abbott Table and Chauncey Chairs

If you cherish a table (or a bed, bench or buffet), you want it to last—and to look as good as it did when it was new. Fine wood furniture will wear beautifully, but only if you show it some love. Here’s how:

Whenever possible, maintain a room temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t store furniture in damp conditions and keep it away from direct sunlight, which can cause finishes to fade, yellow, even crack.

Somerset bed

Shown: Somerset Bed

Dust furniture regularly and wipe moisture away with a clean, cotton cloth. When necessary, dampen cloth with a solution of mild soap and water. Dry thoroughly.

Bennington Desk

Shown: Bennington Desk


  • Use tablecloths and placemats, and coasters for both hot and cold beverages.
  • Don’t lean back in chairs, or use stretchers on chairs or pedestal tables as footrests.
  • Let wood surfaces breathe: Rotate accessories. Don’t cover or expose furniture to plastic or leather for extended periods of time.
  • Place felt discs under lamps and accessories and at contact points on computers, telephones—anything that sits on a wood surface.
  • In general, avoid contact with anything that may stain, imprint or damage wood—from potpourri to pens, crayons and markers.
  • Lift—don’t drag—objects when moving them across surfaces.
  • For the immediate care of spills and stains on Ethan Allen wood furniture, see page 5 of our USE & CARE brochure. For minor repairs and set-in stain removal, consult an expert.

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