Letting in natural light is one of the simplest, most inexpensive ways to make your space visually appealing. But as with other things, too much of anything isn’t good. That sunshine may be brightening up your modern Arizona home, but it may also be fading out your wooden furniture.
That’s because the sun’s harsh UV rays cause chemicals in your furniture to break down causing permanent discoloration and wood fading. This is the reason you need protection from the sun and for your furniture.
Preventing Sun Damage
One of the easiest ways to keep your furniture from being damaged is to keep them away from direct sunlight. Place your wooden cabinets and tables in shaded areas of your house, far from windows as much as possible.
If not possible though, consider getting residential window film in AZ. The best window tints in the market help block 99% of the UV light, allowing greater protection for you and your furniture. And although they block UV light, visible light can still pass through them so you can still get that aesthetic benefit of having natural light coming into your space.
Protection for Your Furniture
While you keep your house protected from the sun’s UV rays, it’s also important to add extra protection for furniture themselves. Consider applying sealant on your cabinets and tables. Your choice of sealant should be based on the type of wood you have and how much light is directed to it every day. As a general rule, softwood, like cedar and pine, would need more protection than hardwood, like teak and oak.
Varnish is one of the commonly used sealants. You can choose from a range of finishes, from flat to high-gloss for this option. They’re easy to apply, so you can take this on yourself. But do note that it may take a day or two to dry and curing may take for weeks. Some experts recommend though using water-based varnish for indoor furniture because they dry fast.
Sun damage doesn’t just affect people. It can happen to your precious wooden furniture as well. Give your cabinets and tables some TLC by getting window films and furniture sealant.