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January 10, 2011

Keep your feet off the furniture!

Filed under: Finishing,Furniture,Of Interest,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 11:33 am

My six word epitaph.

Dust the furniture regularly using a feather duster.  When sweeping or mopping avoid abrasion to furniture legs, etc. and dry any parts without delay.  A damp (not wet) rag can be used to clean up any stubborn surface accumulations, finish with a clean dry cloth.  Do not us any modern spray chemicals to clean furniture. 

Wipe up all spilled water immediately.  Cups, mugs, jugs and other containers filled with cold liquid can ‘sweat’, surface water condensing on the outside and dripping onto furniture.  Use coasters, placemats or doilies to protect wooden surfaces.  Wipe up any food spills right away using a damp rag and detail with dry cloth or rag.

Do not write directly on tables, desks or other flat surfaces without providing protection, blotter paper, writing desk with proper writing surfaces as this can cause indentations in the softwood surfaces.  Wipe up ink spills immediately, the oak gall ink can be washed out of rags and clothing if done right away within 24 hours.

Do not drop anything heavy on furniture as it will dent or gouge the soft woods.  Do not drag heavy objects across furniture.  Protect table tops from heavy objects or objects with rough bottoms such as pottery with a runner, tablecloth or doilies.  Protect tops from hot utensils with proper trivets or cloth pads to save the surface from harm.

Do not pick up chairs by their arms or cresting rails.  Pick up the chair by the seat using both hands.  Do not drag a chair across the floor; it is bad for both chair and floor.  If you have to move a table, do not pick it up by the top but by the apron.  Do not drag tables or any other furniture across the floor.  Get someone to help you move heavy or awkward furniture; it is easy on both furniture and yourself. 

Do not lean or sit neither on tables nor on the arms of chairs.  Do not put your feet on furniture especially the front rungs of chairs and politely discourage guests from doing so.  Do not stand on chairs, it is dangerous and can damage the chairs, use foot stools, step stools or ladders.  Grit on shoes can damage furniture.  Do not lean back and tip onto the rear legs of chairs. 

Keep wooden furniture away from working fireplaces and stoves, protect surfaces from lamp oil spills and candle drippings.  Keep furniture out of direct sunlight if possible.

If doors or drawers are stuck in furniture, do not force them, see if the furniture is sitting squarely and not out of plumb affecting the moving parts.  If there are wedges under the legs of furniture make sure they are in place.  Never pull on just one handle or knob if there are two, apply even pressure with both hands.

Thank you.



  1. Amen.

    Comment by Dave Nauman — January 10, 2011 @ 11:40 am

  2. Nice epitaph!

    Comment by Joe Cottonwood — January 10, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

  3. Shhhh!!! If this gets out, a lot of woodworkers will be out of business.

    Comment by Luke Townsley — January 10, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

  4. If we all did this, there wouldn’t be any furniture to fix!

    Comment by Gary Roberts — January 10, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  5. Your six-word epitaph gets expanded into my 11-word epitaph, to wit: “Keep your feet off the furniture, or I will shoot you!” People who know me, know this is not said in jest. Now if I could just convince my wife that I mean it when I replace “furniture” with “dashboard” in the car. She knows me well enough not to take me that seriously.

    Comment by Dave K. — January 10, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

  6. Yeesh. Do you cover your upholstered furniture with those classy plastic covers as well, or do you just not allow people to sit on them? I prefer to relax in my house. But if you put a glass on my table without a coaster, I will not be very relaxed 😉

    Comment by Justin Tyson — January 11, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

  7. It is a never ending job reminding people not to do that. I have a friend that almost every time he visits I have to remind him. I think I need to carve a sign.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — January 19, 2011 @ 8:35 am

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