Remember the trauma of trying to get a wooden splinter out of your finger or toe? Now imagine having guests over and one of them accidentally gets a wooden splinter from your bookshelf, or the very coffee table you’re at. Not your idea of a ‘good time’ now, is it?

Wooden furniture, despite its timeless appearance, doesn’t always stay timeless when it comes to maintaining it. Wooden shelves, handles, and even doorknobs are at risk of causing splinters after a point. So how do you deal with this issue? More importantly, how do you avoid getting poked and pricked by your own furniture?

Here’s how you can avoid the splinters:

Avoid splinters on wooden furniture in 3 steps

You will need:

  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • A clean, dry rag/towel
  • A can of WD-40

Step 1

Smoothen it with sandpaper

Get medium grit sandpaper and slowly but firmly, use it all over the furniture. If you’re working on a shelf or a cupboard, start from the top, and finish at the bottom while paying special attention to smoothen the spots that are most regularly touched. The idea is to file away any rough patches or protruding wood that may have gone unnoticed.

Step 2

Shine it with WD-40

Take a clean rag, spray a generous amount of WD-40 on it, and rub it all over the wooden furniture thoroughly. WD-40 will expertly clean up the wood, and ensure extended protection of the furniture in the long run. 

Step 3

Wipe away any residue WD-40 from the surface of the wood, and you’re good to go. You can repeat these steps once in a couple of months. 

The splintering of your wooden furniture happens when the wood starts to slowly age and rot. The sandpaper only smoothens the surface but does not protect the wood. Using WD-40 all over your wooden furniture not only coats it with a protective layer but also adds a great shine to it while keeping the nails and embedded metal rust-free. This is why, it’s always a great idea to have a can or two of WD-40 around, to be able to maintain your furniture regularly.