As any congregation and church leadership will tell you, pews are an integral part of any worship service. Every individual who walks through church doors for Sunday worship is welcomed by the sight of comfortable seating available to them for the duration of the service. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to ensure that you are picking out and selecting the right furniture for your congregation.

Once you have found the right furniture that will meet the needs of your congregation, and that makes a statement of your space, it is important that you maintain your newly selected furniture to ensure that it retains its beauty. With the right amount of work, your investment will continue to provide your congregation with a welcoming, comfortable, and beautiful seat for years to come.

Here are a few important things to keep in mind to ensure that your beautiful wood furniture lasts:

General Information: Precautions should be taken to ensure the lifespan of your wood furniture is protected.

  • Furniture that is exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time may cause color changes to the wood and deterioration of the finish. When installing new furniture, take note of any potential risk of direct sunlight, and take the appropriate measures to limit the length and intensity of sun exposure to the furniture.
  • Excess heat or cold can cause cracking, or warping of wood furniture. To help prevent this risk from potentially happening to your furniture, maintain a relatively constant temperature and humidity within your building year-round.
  • Moisture is especially harmful to wood furniture. Any moisture that is left for any substantial amount of time on wood furniture can cause deterioration to the finish and the wood materials. To protect your furniture, clean up any spills or leaks immediately to avoid exposure of the wood to moisture for any prolonged period of time.

Care of Wood Surfaces: Cleaning and polishing of wood furniture should be done on an as-needed basis to protect the furniture from excessive wear. Use lemon oil to wipe down furniture, following all manufacturers’ directions. Furniture polish works great to repair a scratch or blemish that has not penetrated the finish. For more serious scratch repair, contact a professional to resolve the issue.

Care of Upholstery: Particles that are left on upholstery can become embedded and cause excessive wear. Using the wand of a vacuum, routinely vacuum the upholstery to remove any loose particles from upholstered furniture.  For stains, contact a professional cleaning provider that can professionally treat and clean any stains to upholstered furniture.

Miscellaneous Maintenance: Over time, minor changes will appear, accessories may become loose, or furniture may break due to excessive use. A general maintenance professional can remedy most of these instances, and manufacturers can provide replacement parts when necessary, in most instances.

When church pews are properly taken care of and maintained, they can last for years, providing your congregation with a beautiful seat to enjoy Sunday worship on. We hope these tips helped you. And if you are in the position where you are looking for new church furniture, contact Born Again Pews today to see our vast selection, and find the right furniture to fit the needs of your congregation.