How to treat pine furniture

Updated July 19, 2017

The natural beauty of pine is enhanced with a colour-changing stain. The inherent pine knots are further enhanced with a clear-coat, polyurethane protectant that will deepen the natural properties with time. Pine is a strong wood, and found from Mexico to Scandinavia to Britain. Pine trees from each country will have indigenous properties, significant to the location and climate of the country. Due to its durability and strength, pine is suitable for furniture for any room from bedroom to the dining room to the living room.

Keep the piece out of direct sunlight. Do not position pine furniture directly in front a window, or use a window treatment to keep the sun's ultraviolet ray from directly hitting the furniture.

Wipe any spills immediately making sure liquids do not penetrate the knots.

Use coasters under glass to keep condensation from building on surface. Use felt pads under any table top decoration.

Do not position close to a radiator or other heater. Pine is hardwood, but will show signs of wear close to excessive heat.

Clean polyurethane finish with furniture polish and a waxed finish with a beeswax polish. Do not use a standard furniture polish on a waxed surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Window treatment
  • Coaster
  • Felt pads
  • Furniture polish
  • Beeswax polish
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About the Author

Dr. Eugenia Orr has been a columnist since 2006, with work featured in publications such as "Green Business Quarterly," "Our Annual Green Book" and "N'Digo Magapaper." She holds a Doctor of Education in ethical leadership, a master's degree in urban planning/policy from the University of Illinois and a B.F.A. in interior design from the International Academy of Design & Technology.